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Fish, Flowers and Frogs: Finding the Perfect Place for a Pond in Your Yard

April 1, 2017

Having made the decision to enhance your backyard with a pond feature, what you don’t want to do is end up placing that pond in the wrong place.

There are loads of things you need to think about once you have decided to install a pond, and besides from choosing to fill it with fish or a fountain, where you start digging out that space definitely matters.

Here is a look at some of those important considerations, including why location is so important, maintenance issues to consider, plus some tips to help with planning your design.

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Location lowdown

As we are continually being told when it comes to real estate, location matters, and it has to be emphasized that you would do well to remember that important tip when choosing the location for your pond feature.

You want your pond to achieve the best visual impact possible and provide you with plenty of enjoyment. If you don’t take into account a number of key considerations when planning your project, all your hard work could almost be in vain.

Regular maintenance of your pond and the health of your plants and fish are all things that will be heavily influenced by your choice of location in your garden. So you have to find a balance between where you think the pond looks great and where it will be best suited to conditions.

Decide what you want in your pond as this matters to your location options.

If you want to have aquatic plants or fish in your pond they will need plenty of access to sunlight every day where possible. Water plants will need to enjoy a minimum of five hours of sunlight to thrive, so pick a spot in your backyard that will give them that daily dose.

Also, if you are planning to install a fountain, make sure you think about easy access to electricity and water supplies for your feature.

Manageable maintenance

When you visit a site like http://www.livingwateraeration.com/pond-fountains.html you are going to be spoiled for choice, but almost regardless of what you end up choosing for your garden you also have to think carefully about maintenance issues.

You will find that the maintenance of your pond will be much more manageable when you pick the right location to install it in.

For example, it might look attractive to have your pond overshadowed by a tree but you could soon end up regretting that decision when you spend so much time trying to clear leaves and other debris that almost continually find their way into the water.

Another potential installation faux-pas would be to install your pond in a low-lying spot, as they can often suffer from pollution and flooding during heavy rain and storms.

Check out the view

It would be good to see how your finished pond will look before you start work on it, but even though that is not possible there are a couple of tricks you can use to help you visualize how it will appear once installed.

Use some rope to mark out the shape of the pond in your intended location. This will help you to get a better idea of the size and shape of the pond that would look best in your yard, and it will also help you to check out whether you have picked the right spot as you can view the proposed layout from all angles.

As well as checking out the view from the patio, you can also use a mirror to get an idea on how to achieve the most attractive reflection. Experiment with all of your potential locations to see which one gives you the most interesting reflection before you commit to putting the pond in the ground and filling it with water.

It is hard to argue with the observation that an outdoor water feature is one of the best ways of enhancing the visual appeal of your home’s exterior landscaping, but if you are going to get the best out of that feature you will need to take the time to get every aspect of your design and installation just right.

That is not such a daunting challenge if you take into account all placement considerations beforehand.

When you are working out your design plans always think about the view you will get of your pond feature from your home and yard, be wary of overhead trees and low-lying areas, and think about access to water and electricity supplies.

Tick all of those boxes and you will be on the way to picking the perfect location.

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Disclosure: This is a featured article from Daniel Crackower. Daniel Crackower is the owner of Living Water Aeration. He founded the business in 2004 and has been specializing in aeration and fountain equipment for ponds and lakes for over 13 years. Daniel has spoken to thousands of customers about ponds, encountering and finding solutions for virtually every kind of pond and water quality issue imaginable.

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