Some Things To Consider When Choosing The Location For Your Water Garden
When it comes to finding the perfect water garden location, you'll want to look at all your options. Some factors to consider for your pond placement are...
View - Explore you yard and imagine sitting beside your pond. What is the view like from the pond? How is it situated from your house? Most people want to be able to look out at their water garden from a certain room in the house. Try to choose a backyard pond location that provides a pleasing view both from your house and also while at your pond.
Sun Exposure - Your fish pond plants will be most successful if your pond receives at least half a day of sunlight. Good sun exposure will encourage plant growth, which in turn reduces algea and oxyginates your pond.
Debris - When choosing a location for your fish pond attention should be given to how close it is to any trees that may drop leaves. Most of the year leaf drop is not a big problem, but in autumn deciduous trees lose their leaves in abundance.
This can be problematic for your pond if the leaves fall in and are not collected before sinking and decomposing. When too many organic materials get in your water garden it can result in excessive algae growth, the bane of most water gardeners.
Another issue is leaves can get lodged in the pond filtration and clog it. This can result in de-oxygination and in some cases even cause the pond to be drained (due to the water supply from the filter being clogged).
Accessibility - When choosing you pond site it is important to consider how accessable it will be both during construction and also after it is completed. Digging a pond requires a certain amount of elbow room, even if it is hand dug. If you will be using heavy equipment, like a small backhoe, you'll need to be sure there is room to work before you move too far ahead with your plans.
You also need to keep accessibility in mind for your completed water garden. Imagine how much space you will need for additional pond features (waterfall, yard art, benches) and equipment such as an external filter. Keep in mind that when finished your space will seem much smaller than when you were planning.
Slope - If you are placing a pond in a sloped yard you may need to terrace a level area by cutting into the slope.
An alternative to this is to build up the downhill side with a raised edge. This can create a very nice effect and the raised side can even serve as a seating bench.
The great thing about building a pond on a slope is it creates the perfect opportunity for a very natural waterfall.
One thing to avoid when dealing with sloped yards is to try not to place your fish pond at the bottom of a valley. While this may be were ponds form in nature, for a backyard water garden this can result in runoff pouring into your pond.
If you do choose to place a pond in a location where there is likely to be runoff, some care should be taken to protect your pond from it, such as raising the sides above ground level.
Ease of Excavation - For the lucky few of you with that have wonderful easy to dig in black soil, count yourselves very fortunate. For the rest of us digging in the dirt is a very scary prospect.
Hard clay, rocks and even boulders can be a real difficulty. If you know certain areas in your yard are more prone to this, you may want to consider other options.
Unfortunately, it is usually impossible to know until you get started, just exactly what you may encounter. Be aware, however, that sharp rocks, roots and other protrustions can puncture flexible pond liners. Invasive roots from nearby trees can also pose problems.
Utilities - Before any project that will cause you to dig, it is vital to check with utility companies to be sure there are no underground lines running through your pond location. In addition to some very unsafe consequences should you dig into utilities, you may also be financially liable.
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