Would You Like a Pond in Your Garden?
There are many items to consider when designing a pond. For instance, Where will it be located?, What is the local climate like?, Will it be stocked?, etc. When embarking on such an exciting journey, it can be quite unnerving without some helpful advice to go by. Below are a few tips to consider when becoming involved in pond design.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Where the pond will be located is very important. This is because nearby geography can play a role in how difficult or simple it will be to carry out a pond design. As a rule of thumb, a nice level piece of land with a minimum of nearby trees, shrubs, etc is ideal. Leveling the ground or removing trees can cause a simple pond design to become far more expensive than it has to be. Whenever possible, choose a relatively level, clear area for the pond.
While climate may play a relatively minor role in a small, unstocked pond, if stocking the pond with koi or other fish is being considered, the climate must be appropriate. Although there is equipment one can purchase to warm or cool the water, deciding on the proper fish stock before designing the pond is always a wise choice and can save a great deal of expense and hardship. Remember, a strong plan means a smoother execution.
Many feel that a large pond will add a certain charm to their property, whether private or commerical. However true this may be, large pond designs is sometimes be very difficult to plan into an estate’s landscaping. A pond can be made to appear larger than it is, however, by tapering the edges of the pond so that the surrounding earth holds a few inches of water. Also, by allowing a relatively clear area around the pond and minimizing the use of shrubs, flowers, etc, a pond can appear dramatically larger than its actual size. If a large pond is feasible, however, it would be wise to use it as the center of the outdoor space, focusing all other landscaping efforts on complimenting it.
Another important aspect to consider is shape. While most ponds tend to be more rounded in appearance, an artificial pond can be dug into any shape the owner likes. This means that a pond can be in the shape of the family pet, the first letter of a company’s name, or a complex geometric object. Creativity and planning allow for almost infinite possibilities.
Ultimately, lots of planning and a creative spark are the only necessities when considering pond designs.