Garden ponds are an added attraction to your garden, so get hold of your landscape architect or water garden designer.Professionalism is involved while designing a garden pond. One has to take into consideration the style of the garden, and accordingly decide upon the shape of the pond.
Types of ponds
A rectangle, circle, or oval to fit in your formal garden which is usually made up of concrete, gunnite, masonry or tile. It usually holds a fountain or a piece of statuary. It can also have fish. It can be reflecting pond or pool with a three tier concrete or with wrought iron fountain in its center. Chlorine has to be used to keep its water clean.
An informal pond suits a an outdoor barbecue session or a sit down family affair. Rocks or boulders can be placed around these ponds. A roaring waterfall or trickling stream can be an added feature. It can also be chlorinated, but since it has vegetation, fish, it can be treated as a balanced ecosystem.
Where to place the Pond?
Location of the pond is very important. It should be close to viewing areas as far as possible. If it is located in an area that cannot be noticed , then one will not be able to enjoy it.
The sound of the waterfall and fresh water near your home is very alluring. It should not be placed very high, as a pond would not form in a high place. It is also not good to place it in the lowest part of the garden, as the pond may flood during the rainy season. One should choose a spot which has a natural look.
One must decide what wildlife one wants to attract before positioning the pond, because its position, size and shape will affect its appeal to different species. Ponds provide homes for wildlife.
Warm, sunny sites are the best for wildlife. Trees can be a hindering block. If the pond is sited under mature trees, it may fill with autumn leaves. If they are under young trees then roots may puncture the lining.
Low bushes near pond can provide cover for bathing birds, but they can harbor cats. For better bird watching, place the pond in such a way that you can see from a window. Avoid placing the pond in wet or shallow place as it may already have wildlife.
Some General Features
- A pond should have gently sloping sides to provide for shallow areas on which wildlife depends. They are safe both for children. The more varied the slopes, the longer the shoreline, the better. It should contain water 60cm deep , so that it does not freeze in winter.
- Attempt should be made for an harmonious and balanced look.
- An attractive garden pond has its own habitants like fish and plants.. It also attracts seasonal birds.
- An atmosphere of peace and serenity is created around it. and many more……..
- Get yourself a garden pond and relish the beauty of the natural habitat. Treat your guests to a real treat in your garden!