Localization and size of backyard pond
Even a small pond introduces a unique microclimate in the garden. The hum of the stream, shimmering fish, flowers growing by the reservoir with a natural-looking shore soothe the senses…
When it comes to build your own garden pond, the most important aspects of it to consider are localization and size of reservoir. We provided a short list which you may find useful.
LOCALIZATION AND SIZE OF BACKYARD POND
Water in garden compositions has already appeared in antiquity, where one of the main elements was a pond or a lake enclosed in geometric reams, most often in the shape of a rectangle or the letter T. With time, the compositions of garden assumptions changed, but water remained one of the most important elements.
What to consider before building a pond?
When setting up a pond, special attention should be paid to the place that will be allocated to it in the garden space. However, apart from placing it near the house or a rest corner, it should be provided with adequate sunlight. Too strong exposure to the sun will lead to overheating of the water and lack of oxygen, which will favor abundant toxic algae blooms, and thus water pollution.
ACCESS TO LIGHT
The water reservoir should be exposed to sunlight for about 6-7 hours a day. This will ensure the proper development of pond plants, which are the best competition for algae, and their expanding leaves will prevent the water from overheating.
WHAT TO AVOID
Looking for a place for a pond, it is better to choose one that will be away from the crowns of deciduous trees – fallen leaves and fruit litter the water unsightly, and also contribute to the start of putrefying processes in the reservoir. Additionally, the proximity of tree roots is a threat to the bottom of the pond, which can be damaged by overgrowing them. More basic pond maintenance mistakes which need to be avoided you will find here.
The size of the reservoir is important for maintaining the biological balance. Taking into account the speed of water heating and to ensure the possibility of its purification by small organisms, the best option to choose is to build a pond not smaller than 10 m2. Otherwise, the pond will require constant care and additional installation of filters and pumps to ensure aeration of water. Find out more about pond aeration – why it is needed, here.
The depth of the pond is of great importance if you keep fish in it. Fish cannot be kept for winter in shallow reservoirs. You need to provide more than 3 ft depth to safely winterize pond fish -> Learn about 3 basic rules to keep Hoi and other fish.
Not sure how to maintain your pond by yourself?
We are here to help! Our team has over a decade of experience servicing hundreds of ponds and water features throughout the Chicago land region. If you want to come home to a beautifully maintained pond, rely on the Chicago Pond Maintenance team to keep your pond performing the way it should.
Our Maintenance Program include, among others:
Maintain filtration systems,
Maintain the best environment for fish and plants,
Perform a deluxe fall shutdown at the end of the season,
And many others, which you will find here.
Enjoyed reading this post? Check out our previous articles which you may find interesting!
3 basic rules to keep koi and other fish
5 tips for beautifully maintained pond
5 things you should know about pond filtration
Are you looking for more tips including filtration system for your future pond?
Contact us to find out more about balancing your pond water, mechanical and biological filters and more.
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