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Dive into Water Gardening

Water gardens can offer rewards in myriad shapes and sizes, from a small potted garden on a deck to a meandering stream or cascading waterfall. The presence of water transforms a garden into an enchanting retreat. Water is also an essential component of a wildlife habitat. When planning a water garden, use the following tips to determine the best location for it.
  • Visibility is Key to Location

    Build a pond or other water feature where you will see and hear it—from indoors, too—not in a corner of the yard you rarely visit. Be sure plants and structures don't obstruct your view.

    Date Published: March 15, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Gardening for Birds & Butterflies and Wildlife

    Find these ideas and more ideas for not only attracting birds and pollinators to your garden but making your garden more attractive to visitors of all kinds in the Gardening for Birds & Butterflies magazine. 

    Date Published: March 15, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Choose a Sunny Location

    Most water plants require at least six hours of sun daily. If you live in a hot-summer climate, dig a pond at least 2-4 feet deep and ensure it will be shaded by a building, fence, or other structure part of each day. High water temperatures can encourage algae growth and increase evaporation.

    Date Published: March 15, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Avoid Trees

    Fallen leaves from overhanging trees can harm plant and animal life, clog pumps and filters, create murky water, and make more work for you. Locating a pond too close to a tree can also damage a tree's roots.

    Date Published: March 15, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Consider Practicalities

    Check belowground: Locate and mark utilities. Don't build a pond above underground pipes, cables, sewer lines, or a septic field. Avoid siting it next to a building foundation. Pick a site with a nearby grounded power source for pumps and filters.

    Date Published: March 15, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Keep Algae in Check

    A balanced ecosystem that includes fish, plants, and microorganisms will keep your pond clean. Algae exist in every pond, but with the right balance of fish, plants, and bacteria, the algae population will stay in check naturally. To keep your pond's nitrogen cycle healthy, include a pump, filter, plants, and fish. Pumps circulate water through the filter, and the spalshing water pulls in oxygen. Depending on the type of filter you choose, it can catch large debris and provide surface area for beneficial bacteria, which break down toxins. Fish also keep the water clean by consuming insects, algae, and plant matter. Stock no more than 6 inches of fish for every 100 gallons of water.

    Date Published: March 15, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Aquatic Aesthetics

    Ideally, a water feature integrates seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. To create a natural ambiance, edge your water garden with a variety of stone sizes and add plants near the pond as well as inside.

    Date Published: March 15, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Plants for Success

    While it is not essential to choose native plants for this kind of garden, it is important to choose species that thrive in your location and suit your site's microclimate. Water lilies are popular, but they have specific needs. They prefer still water and full sun.

    Date Published: March 15, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017

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