Wednesday, 18 September 2013

BACKYARD POND BUILDING




Backyard Masterpiece





Backyard ponds are once thought to be owned by only



the wealthy and filthy rich individuals. That was



then. Now, backyard ponds can be built by even the



simplest homeowners. These can liven things up and can



be a good conversation starter for guests and



visitors. It will not only provide a beautiful and



visually appealing backyard but a relaxing one as



well.





From cozy and small to rich and lush, back yard water



gardens can range from almost any design you want.



Just a little background about building a back yard



pond and the right materials is enough to create your



own private oasis.





Step one. Decide where your pond will be situated.





Look for an area in your yard where there are little



trees. Falling leaves are a big no-no to your pond



since it can make maintenance an everyday job. Place



your pond in an area reached by the warmth of the sun.



Aquatic plants need the sun to grow. However, stay



away from too much heat since this can cause some



plants such as lilies to die.





Another advice is to place your pond in a high area.



This can prevent runoff water to accumulate and



overflow your pond causing murkiness and further



maintenance.





Step two. Lay out the area of your pond.





If you want to design your pond to the size you want



it to, trace the perimeter of the pond using a



bendable material like a garden hose. If you are



satisfied by the size and shape of your pond, mark the



area using a spray paint or any marker.





Step three. Use a pond liner.





Pond liners are used to prevent water from the pond,



fishes, aquatic plants, and other pond contents to



escape the pond. In the same way, it also prevents



non-pond materials to enter and cause dirt or excess



nutrients to the pond. Pond liners range from



pre-formed liners to PVC liners. If you are willing to



spend the extra cash, using cement will also be



applicable.





Pre-formed liners are usually utilized by small ponds.



These can be bought at pond supply outlets and can be



easily installed after digging the pond. However, if



you want to create the design and size you want, PVC



liners would work best. These are usually used for



large and complex ponds. Other types of liners are



available. It is best to ask for advice from your



local pond contractor about this stuff.





Step four. Dig your pond.





Dig your pond according to the width and depth that



your prefer. Place rocks on the edges of the pond



liner and fill in spaces with gravel. Do this part



diligently and carefully. Camouflage the area with



stones, pebbles, or plants.





Step five. Assemble the equipment.





Place the filters, lighting, and water supply. Make



sure that these will all function well. Connect them



to the electrical supply and place them in locations



that will suit them best. Do not forget to make a



drainage system for the pond.





Step six. Just add water.





Now is the time to fill the pond with water. Observe



if there is any leaking. Clean out the area first and



then add clean water for your pond. Place the plants



in their rightful places in order to create a



beautiful appearance. Let the plants settle for at



least a week and then it is appropriate to add the



fishes. Add fish one at a time. Fill the pond with



just the right amount of fish. Consider the size of



the pond and your fish. Make sure they are compatible.





And now, sit back and relax. Give yourself a pat on



the back for a job well done!

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