Where do you start when planning your new water garden? How about here:
- Most importantly, do all of your planning before you start digging.
- If possible, select a site with at least six hours of direct sunlight.
- Select a site that can be seen from as many places as possible, including inside the house. The water garden is a 12-month garden.
- Avoid trees when possible. Leaves can create a problem in the winter.
- Avoid a windy area. The wind can knock pots over and destroy plants.
- Avoid areas which collect run-off water. Chemicals from lawns and dirt will collect in your pond and cause problems.
- Select a material based on cost AND ease of installation. Pond materials include pre-formed fiberglass and sheets of PVC or Butyl liners.
- If electrical outlets are needed, make sure they are installed and/or easily accessed.
- Check all local codes and ordinances.
- BIGGER IS BETTER. The biggest complaint we hear is that people wish they had made the pool bigger.
- Select plants with the total landscape in mind. The pool plants should complement or be complemented by the surrounding plantings.
- Do not overload the pool with fish. See our stocking suggestions here.
- The depth of the pool is important if plants and fish are to be overwintered. Minimum depth should be 24″ for plants and 31″+ for fish. Plants should be placed at the bottom of the pool for overwintering.
Once you’ve planned and install your water garden, sit back and enjoy it. It will be the focal point of your landscape and it doesn’t hurt to have a seating area by your pond. You will surely want to relax and admire your handiwork!
Please let us know if you have any questions or need help with your projects. We are happy to give you answers and help you as much as possible.