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Guide to Selecting a Site for Your Home Garden Pond

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

Selecting a Site for Your Garden Pond

Even if you've already chosen what you think IS the perfect spot for your home garden pond, consider one or two alternate sites before making a final decision, think about the following points: What is the purpose of the pond? Should it dress up a bleak corner of the yard, provide a quiet place for meditation, or complement a deck, patio, or other existing feature? How accessible should the pond be? Do you want to walk to it over a rambling path, or simply step out to it through your back door? Should the pond be secluded or visible from inside the house so that you can enjoy it year-round? How will the sun shade, and wind patterns of your properly affect the placement of the pond? How easy will it be to provide water and electricity to the pond site? Will the excavation interfere with existing underground pipes and cables?

Proximity to the House

A pond visible from the house-perhaps through a large picture window or sliding glass doors will provide pleasure, even in cold or inclement weather. Add underwater or low garden lighting around the pond perimeter and you'll create a dramatic evening view. By contrast, a pond isolated from the house, perhaps surrounded by fall shrubs or screens can become a private retreat, a peaceful place where family members can escape from day-to-day routines. A pond or fountain near the front entrance of the house adds an attractive focal point to the landscape. It also gives visitors something to admire while waiting outside your door. If your property is large enough, you can tuck a small pond in a side yard perhaps to be viewed from a kitchen or bedroom window. Some pond liners even make it possible to put a small preformed pond on your deck! If your yard is very small, you may simply wish to locate the pond right In its center and then work all other landscape features (such as walks, plantings, and seating) around it.

Sun, Shade, and Wind

The pond site will require plenty of sunlight if you plan to grow flowering water plants during the summer months. Water lilies, for example require at least six to eight hours of daily direct sunlight to bloom, although some varieties will bloom with as few as three or four hours of direct sun. The more direct sunlight the pond receives each day, the more choices of water plants you will have. If you'll be adding fish to the pond, you'll have to balance the sun with some shade during the hottest part of the day. Shade can be provided from water lilies or tall plants or shrubs around the pond border, a nearby fence or other structure, or a portable shade screen. You can make a simple, lightweight shade screen by building a wooden frame and covering it with a light colored canvas, landscape fabric, or similar material. You can then position it to shade the pond during the hottest part of the day. Small ponds or tub gardens (100 gallons or less) also profit from some shade. These are often referred to preformed pond liners. Since high water temperatures can promote excessive algae growth and increase water evaporation. Even though some shade is desirable, you should avoid citing your pond under or next to large trees, because the falling leaves or needles will foul the water and accumulate on the bottom of the pond, clogging the pump and filtration system. If there is no other alternative, you can place netting or screen mounted on a wood frame over the pond to catch the leaves during the fall season. You should also avoid proximity to messy trees that could drop excessive blossoms, fruit, or seed pods into the water. Strong winds can wreak havoc on your pond liner by blowing leaves, dirt and other debris into the water. These can increase water evaporation and ruin the effect of a fountain's delicate spray pattern. So, try to site your pond in an area sheltered from strong winds, for example, next to a tall fence or garden wall, the house, or other structure. If these sites don't fit into your plans, you can plant tall, fast-growing evergreen trees or shrubs on the upwind side of the home garden pond.

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