Easy Pond and Water Garden Construction

 


Article by: Lee Goins

Today's successful water garden , Growing and Preserving Cut Flowers usually is designed as an ecosystem that uses a balance between fish, , Home for a Gnome? plants , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower and bacteria keeping the water , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower clear. The type of pond , Our History with Blueberries - Reviving Their Home-Grown and Local Farm Status I'm talking about is self-contained (not fed by a spring , Abatement and Consistency Philosophy or stream) and between 100-900 sq ft; a backyard , Nepeta Faassenii 'Kit Kat' water garden , ing: Plants and Gardens that is easy to maintain and adds value to your lifestyle and property. , Landscaping Tips: Japanese Garden Fundamentals 20 years ago the typical do-it-yourself water garden , Fountains Through All Ages - An Overview of Landscaping Wonders was a muck-filled cesspool waiting to happen, while the successful koi pond , Why Teak Coffee Tables Are Essential For Your Outdoor Space required deep water , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 2) Plant Needs and unattractive out of the pond , Don't Treat Your Soil Like Dirt filtering equipment. Thanks to a better understanding of the pond , A Guide To Landscape Bridges ecosystem and some equipment ideas borrowed from the pool equipment industry, anyone with the ability to dig, make things level, and move rocks and dirt around can create a beautiful , Our History with Blueberries - Reviving Their Home-Grown and Local Farm Status living water garden , The Indoor : Plants that Clean the Air if they use proven equipment and methods.

Now I will admit that there are other ways that can work; But none of the other pond , The Indoor Garden: Plants that Clean the Air construction methods have the successful track record I've seen with pond , Tips For Cleaning Your Patio installs using this system.

The basic elements for this system are underlayment, liner, rocks and gravel, , Abatement and Consistency Philosophy skimmer, fill valve, pump, , Winter Injury to Trees plumbing, , Home for a Gnome? biological filtration, plants, , Buying or Building Your Own Water Fountain fish, , Basil: The King of Herbs and bacteria.

Here's a simplified explanation of how this works as an ecosystem. Fish , Winter Injury to Trees eat insects and plants , Sculpture Can Bring Life to Your Garden and then the fish , Teak Patio Furniture waste spreads through the system . The skimmer draws water , Growing and Preserving Cut Flowers off the top layer of the pond , Palm Tree Lamps helping with circulation and aeration while trapping floating debris in a net. The pump , Outdoor Furniture: Exploring the Benefits of Teak is situated under the net in the skimmer and pumps , Tips on Outdoor Patio Heaters up to a bio-filter. The bio-filter is often designed to be incorporated into a waterfall. , Easy Pond and Water Garden Construction The water , Are There Really Black Roses? enters the bio filter and rises up through filter media that is colonized by bacteria. The bacteria converts the waste into forms less harmful to the fish , Winter Injury to Trees and less conducive to excessive algae growth. The waterfall , Pool s or stream add more aeration that the bacteria and fish , Organic Gardening Intro need. The plants , Easy Landscaping and Curb Appeal for Florida Homes uptake more of the nitrogen and some oxygenate the water. , Sculpture Can Bring Life to Your Garden The rocks and gravel , Are There Really Black Roses? provide more area for bacteria and protect the liner from UV rays.

Sheesh! Every time I set out to give a simple explanation of a pond , Discount Patio Furniture ecosystem it still takes 10 sentences. Suffice it to say that all the parts work together to make your pondkeeping easy!

I use the word easy as a relative term. Compared to the work and rebuilding you may experience with other methods this is the easiest way I know. But there is still a good deal of work in pond , What Does A Brassia Orchid Plant And A Spider Have In Common? construction. Obviously you need to dig and shape a hole in the ground and move some heavy items around. A well trained crew with everything needed on-site can install a pond , How to Select a Really Good Water Hose in a day. It may take a few weekends for a homeowner to do the job himself, depending on their ability, time, and conditions.

Some key points:

Size: It's best to have it at least 6 ft across. Bigger is better. 16 x 11 is a good medium size. Generally people regret not making the pond , Discover the Single Most Important Trick to Overwintering Fish larger when they are done with their first one.

Location: There is a tendency to put ponds , Why Teak Coffee Tables Are Essential For Your Outdoor Space in a place , Why Teak Coffee Tables Are Essential For Your Outdoor Space where water , Don't Treat Your Soil Like Dirt already collects in the yard. , Home for a Gnome? This isn't always the best idea. Groundwater running into the pond , 'Blushing Bride' Hydrangea (PPAF) can create problems. If possible bring it right up near the patio , Learn How to Enhance Your Habitat where you can enjoy the fish , Growing and Preserving Cut Flowers and flowing water , The Cure for Common Pool Stains everyday.

Electric and plumbing: Don't overlook the need for a GFI outlet near the pump , How to Grow Cucumbers and a water , Easy Pond and Garden Construction source to keep the pond , Our History with Blueberries - Reviving Their Home-Grown and Local Farm Status topped off. Most kits for some reason don't include a fill valve, but it really is important since on a windy day a pond , How to Grow Cucumbers can easily lose an inch of water. , Organic Gardening Intro Left unattended this can lead to the pump , Watering Your Lawn running dry in the skimmer for a long period causing possible damage. The ponds , Why Teak Coffee Tables Are Essential For Your Outdoor Space level of course won't drop below the skimmer opening.

Lets go over the basic steps for installing this type of pond , Abatement Regulations Often Confuse and Do Not Make Sense system.

Decide the size of the pond , How to Grow Cucumbers and order a kit with all the necessary components. Layout the shape of the pond , Abatement and Coping with Challenges in the Environment with something like a garden , How to Select a Really Good Water Hose hose. Leave it out there for a while, move it, think about where the falls , What Does A Brassia Orchid Plant And A Spider Have In Common? and different plants , Teak Patio Furniture will be. If you are building , Abatement and Consistency Philosophy a stream do the layout for it too. Level ground isn't a problem since you will be excavating enough soil , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 2) Plant Needs to buildup around your waterfall , Teak Patio Furniture filter. Paint , Gardening: Plants and Gardens an outline with orange marking spray paint. , Sculpture Can Bring Life to Your Garden

Make arrangements for getting the variety of rock and gravel , 'Blushing Bride' Hydrangea (PPAF) you will be using.

Position your skimmer and BioFilter. The skimmer should be on the opposite side from the falls , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor or stream to create circulation. Then lay the flexible PVC, or kink-free pipe between the skimmer and waterfall , Learn How to Enhance Your Habitat filter. This is so it can be covered during excavation instead of trenching it in.

Establish a firm compacted and level base for the Waterfall , The Indoor Garden: Plants that Clean the Air filter, perhaps leaning slightly forward, depending on it's design. , Landscaping Tips: Japanese Garden Fundamentals If you have help they can be working on digging the pond , The Indoor Garden: Plants that Clean the Air while you get this right, or vice versa.

Hook up the plumbing , Easy Pond and Water Garden Construction to the filter and backfill around it. It's a good idea to have someone stand in the filter while it is being backfilled to prevent it from shifting out of position on the base.

Examine any slope of the land and establish where the water , Pool falls level will be; usually a couple inches below grade. Finish digging the pond , Winter Injury to Trees relative to the water , Don't Treat Your Soil Like Dirt level. A rotating laser level is the ultimate tool , Organic Gardening Intro for this, though they are expensive to rent. Patiently checking string levels in all directions can get the job done also. Include shelves for marginal plants , Home for a Gnome? and keep the sides and shelves level. The deep part of the pond , Abatement Regulations Often Confuse and Do Not Make Sense should be around 2 ft or a little less. Any deeper and most towns swimming pool codes kick in with fence requirements. Unless you intend to keep a great number of koi , Tips on Outdoor Patio Heaters this will be plenty deep for your fish. , Flower Shops Planting pockets for water , Nepeta Faassenii 'Kit Kat' lilies can also be dug now. These pockets create a plantable depression in you liner for later. You can either plant , The Cure for Common Pool Stains directly in these pockets or hide your planters in them covering with gravel , Brilliant Beetroot! creating a more natural , Abatement and Consistency Philosophy looking pond. , Tips on Outdoor Patio Heaters

Excavate the position for the skimmer so it will be on a firm level base that gets it into correct position relative to the water , Gardening: Plants and Gardens level. Recheck everything. All the measurements and levels. Make sure the pond , Watering Your Lawn is free of sharp objects and unfold the underlayment into it. Start in the deep area pushing the underlayment into all the shelves and pockets. The EPDM rubber liner is then installed in the same way, making sure that it extends far past the waterline (settling will occur) and above the openings on your skimmer, filter, stream etc.

Add rock and gravel. , Palm Tree Lamps Pre-washing the stones , How to Grow Cucumbers can help with a clean install or you can hose them down in the pond , Winter Injury to Trees while pumping out the dirty water. , Abatement and Coping with Challenges in the Environment Use larger stones , Fountains Through All Ages - An Overview of Landscaping Wonders at the base of each wall , Winter Injury to Trees that forms a shelf, building , Landscaping Ideas and Landscaping Design up with smaller ones. Cover flat , Discover the Single Most Important Trick to Overwintering Pond Fish areas with 1"-2" gravel"¦absolutely no more than that. If you have extra gravel , Watering Your Lawn don't be tempted to just use more in the bottom of your pond. , Outdoor Furniture: Exploring the Benefits of Teak This is for biological reasons I won't go into now. The rock should have your liner pretty well pulled into position now so you can make final adjustments on your skimmer and attach the liner to it according to the manufacturers , Outdoor Furniture: Exploring the Benefits of Teak instructions.

Start filling the pond. , Easy Landscaping and Curb Appeal for Florida Homes Now the fun of building , Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your Plant's Best Friend the waterfall , The Indoor Garden: Plants that Clean the Air and stream. Make sure you have plenty of slack running up to the falls , Teak Patio Furniture opening before you attach it and make any cuts. Also take care to avoid folds in the liner as you twist downstream. Folds in the stream liner are a common source of leaks and why a very wide liner for a stream is recommended. Dry stack stones , Discount Patio Furniture as in a wall , Abatement Regulations Often Confuse and Do Not Make Sense up the front of the waterfall , Learn How to Enhance Your Habitat filter. Using black waterfall , Flower Shops foam or some other type of expanding foam to seal the space between the rocks. This makes the water , Abatement and Coping with Challenges in the Environment flow over the rocks instead of disappearing into the cracks between. Black waterfall , How to Grow Cucumbers foam is nice for blending in with the rocks. The basic outline of the stream should have been established with excavated soil , Abatement and Coping with Challenges in the Environment from the pond, , Basil: The King of Herbs but some digging of different catch pools may be necessary and you may need to build up more of a berm at the waterfall. , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower Rock in the sides of the stream and cover the bottom with gravel , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 4) Environment as in the pond. , Gardening: Plants and Gardens Use the waterfall , Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your Plant's Best Friend foam to seal in rocks wherever a cascading effect is wanted, using flat , Buying or Building Your Own Water Fountain rock to form the lip of falls , Why Teak Coffee Tables Are Essential For Your Outdoor Space and sealing under them.

Install the pump, , The Cure for Common Pool Stains install the overflow plumbing , Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your Plant's Best Friend and fill valve in the skimmer. When water , A Look at Fall Flower Bulbs level is high enough and all the waterfall , Brilliant Beetroot! foam is dry, (you can assume your hands will be covered with the stuff, but try to avoid it because it is very difficult to clean off!) try out the pump. , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower You will then need to refill the pond , Landscaping Ideas and Landscaping Design as it will take a large volume of water , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 2) Plant Needs to fill the plumbing, , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 2) Plant Needs falls , How to Grow Cucumbers and stream. Once you are happy everything is as it should be, cut the excess liner away. Leave several inches of liner for settling and possible adjustments.

There are plenty more nuances to building , Home for a Gnome? a pond , Abatement and Coping with Challenges in the Environment but this should give you a decent feel for what a water garden , The Cure for Common Pool Stains project entails. The kits we sell include a decent installation manual and I'm happy to answer any questions as are many other pond , Discount Patio Furniture enthusiasts.

A garden , How to Select a Really Good Water Hose center manager, writer, builder of water gardens, , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower musician and webmaster; Lee Goins is often called on as an expert in landscaping , Discount Patio Furniture and gardening. , Why Teak Coffee Tables Are Essential For Your Outdoor Space Lee's site The Garden , Organic ing Intro Aquatic offers products , Tips For Cleaning Your Patio and advice , Flower Shops to make water gardening , Watering Your Lawn easier. His garden , Sculpture Can Bring Life to Your and landscaping , Tips For Cleaning Your Patio site is http://www.shelbylandscaping.com.


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