How to Create Budget Garden Pond

Creating Garden Pond on a Budget

budget garden pond

Is your backyard missing something? It could be a water feature. Learn how to create a garden pond for you and your family to enjoy while still sticking to a budget.

What is a garden pond? It is a unique water feature that gives you the feeling that you are bringing a bit of the exotic into your living space. These ponds can range from small constructions to larger ponds that can be populated by water life and plants.

So, why doesn’t everyone have one in their backyard? The reason could be that they are generally expensive and time-consuming to construct. But, here are some tips to help you get what you need without having to rob a bank first.

* Choose the spot for your pond – Ponds constructed under trees just give you a bigger mess to clean up. Also, the falling leaves can cause clouding in your pond as they break down in the water. Also, be sure that the area has a lot of suns. Many of the plants you use will need several hours of sun each day. Water features with pumps or fountains will need to be near an outdoor outlet.

* Choose your shape – Will this be a rectangular pool, oblong, wavy, or simply round? Usually, the larger the pond is, the more work you will be doing to construct it.

* Find the pond material – If you are really on a budget and like to get creative, you can use a plastic pool as your pond liner. The sides are already shaped and you have a durable material that probably won’t leak. Pool liners for inflatable swimming pools also work well. Choose dark colors to limit the amount of algae growth in your pond.

* Dig your pond – Who needs a professional? All you need is some old-fashioned elbow grease to get that earth moved out of the ground and your pond moved in. A good pond depth is at least three feet. You can go deeper but consider the size of your liner as you do. Be sure to leave a ledge area to showcase your water plants.

* Use recycled rocks – These are rocks that you find in your own yard or others in your neighborhood. Many people dig up a ton of them when they are preparing the site for their pond. Arrange them around the pond and within it.

* Buy appropriate plants – Water plants require different treatment than plants in soil alone. For one, you will plant them in containers inside the pond. Plants around the outside of the pond need to be compatible with that inside of it.

* Fill your pond – Use tap water. Most city water contains some chemicals. Before adding any fish or plants allow the water to sit for a few weeks and acclimate to the environment.

Are you thinking about a pond in your backyard? You don’t have to spend a lot to get it done if you know what you are doing. Get the entire family to help.

Artificial Garden Pond

artificial garden pond

An Artificial Garden Pond, if created with care and maintained with perseverance, can impart an instant makeover to your otherwise nondescript outdoor space and make your house stand out proudly from the rest of the properties in your block.

Different types of ArtificialGarden Pond

Even when it comes to creating a garden pond for your backyard, you can be spoilt for choice. Some of the different varieties available to you are lined ponds, cement ponds, preformed ponds, and water table ponds, and so on. However, before blindly settling on a particular design, you have to take into consideration factors like the amount of space available in your backyard and the existing landscaping design of your exteriors.

Some other factors to be taken into account are the environmental concerns. The humidity of the climate in your place of residence, that is, the amount of dryness or moisture in the air can affect the water levels and aquatic life in your garden pond. In dry climates, shallow garden ponds often dry up very fast or the water levels get woefully depleted.

And if you live in extremely dry climates, where a sufficient quantity of rainfall is hard to come by, the civic authorities might prevent you from building your dream garden pond, as it will add to water scarcity.

Water Table Artificial Garden Pond

Of the different types of Artificial Garden Ponds normally built by homeowners, water table ponds are perhaps the most popular. Often it is found that a pond has been created naturally when the ground surface and the water table are close to each other. When the weather is moist and it is raining, the water level in such a garden pond will rise. In the drier seasons, the water levels will go down. And if there is a drought, a water table Artificial Garden Pond can completely dry up!

Now, if your garden pond remains dry for long stretches of time every year, wildlife species will choose to give your pond habitat a miss for very obvious reasons. Your meticulously built Artificial Garden Pond will then be graced by wildlife species and aquatic/marine specimens only during those seasons when the pond will have a sufficient quantity of water in it.

To eliminate such problems, you can choose to have performed ponds, of any depth or size. And if your aim is to fill up your Artificial Garden Pond with supplied water, there is no need to build a large pond.

The best way to attract birds and bees, toads and frogs, salamanders and invertebrates, insects and butterflies, and other types of wildlife specimens to your Artificial Garden Pond is to make it as inviting and natural as possible. You can take the help of aquatic outdoor attractions such as luxurious cascading waterfalls, rocky beds, fairy statues, reflecting pools, shallow Artificial Garden Ponds, deep water garden ponds, and so on to fulfill your desire.

If you want, you can even have a custom-made garden pond fitted into your backyard, using the type of filtration system, lining, and cement floors that are best suitable for such a water habitat.

Water Plants for Garden Ponds

Plants for wild and ornamental ponds

water plants for garden pond

The right choice of water garden plants will depend first of all on the type of pond you have decided to make. A wild pond should create the right conditions for many native plant and animal species. Only native plants that are obtainable in the gardening trade should be used for such a pond. You can plant any plant species from the gardening trade (even cultivars) in an ornamental pond.

Choose water garden plants from the following categories for your small garden pond:

Marginal plants

A sea of flowers and greenery!

The marginal zone is the decorative frame of any garden pond. A rich variety of species and a colorful profusion of flowers should abound. Make as much space as possible for this zone in your garden pond.

Splendid flowers, unusually-shaped leaves, and delicate grasses are all excellent marginal plants. All of them require damp or wet soil for their proper development. When growing naturally in the wild, the roots or upper parts of shoots of marginal plants remain immersed in water. This zone in your garden pond can be full of flowers from spring to autumn if you choose the right species of plants. The most varied species of insect are also at home here which, in turn, will attract songbirds, frogs, toads, and newts.

  • Acorus calamus (sweet flag)
  • Alisma platago-aquatica (water plantain)
  • Bidens tripartita (trifid bur-marigold)
  • Butomus umbellatus (flowering rush)
  • Calla palustris (bog arim)
  • Caltha palustris (marsh marigold)
  • Carex pseudocyperus (cyperus sedge)
  • Eriophorum spp (cotton grass)
  • Equisetum fluviatile (water horsetail)

Floating and surface plants

A carpet of color over the pond!

Splendid surface plants like the colorful water-lilies and other, less well-known plants, give a garden pond its real charm.

Floating plants usually have no roots that are anchored in the pond floor and tend to float on the surface of the water. The splendid water-lilies are the most sought-after surface plants but there are others that are just as attractive. These offer a useful alternative to water-lily as they will also thrive in the small ponds. Do not plant too many surface plants. It is better to have one plant that flourishes than too many set too close together which entirely covers the surface of the water and cut off the light from underwater plants.

Good examples are:

  • Callitriche palustris (water starwort)
  • Nuphar lutea (yellow water lily)
  • Nymphoides peltata (water fringe)
  • Nymphaea alba (white water-lily)
  • Polygonum ampibium (ambhibious bistort)
  • Potamogeton natans (broad-leaved pondweed)

Submerged oxygenating plants

Nutrient regulators and suppliers of oxygen!

Underwater plants are the purification workers of the garden pond. They are able to function as “nutrient-traps” and “dirt collectors”.

Submerged plants play an important role in the care of a pond as they supply the pond with oxygen and remove excess nutrients dissolved in the pond water, which would otherwise quickly lead to excessive proliferation of the algae which makes the water cloudy. Any excess nutrients in the mud can be removed from the pond through regular thinning out of underwater plants. In addition, the underwater plants help to keep the pond clear, as floating substances land on their leaves and are “held” there. They should be included in every garden pond. A further advantage is that they provide a refuge for many small pond creatures.

Good examples are:

  • Certaophyllum demersum (rigid hornwort)
  • Myriophyllum spp. (water milfoil)
  • Hottonia palustris (water violet)
  • Utricularia vulgaris (common bladderwort)
  • Potamogeton densus ( opposite-leaved pondweed)

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