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Making A Splash With Water Features!

August 8, 2012

Water features in today’s domestic gardens are still very popular and nowadays there are so many fabulous designs to choose from.

If you haven’t got much spare time for gardening then you can opt for simple self-contained water feature that doesn’t need much maintenance, however, if you’re feeling more ambitious and would like to get more involved in water gardening, then consider creating your own pond.

Not only will a pond enhance a garden, creating a restful retreat, it will also help encourage wildlife into the garden.

Obviously, one of the most important factors is deciding where to position the pond. Ideally a pond should be situated away from extreme shade and extreme sunlight (four to six hours a day of daylight is sufficient). Also it’s best not to have a pond too near to trees as leaf litter will pollute the pond and it isn’t much fun having to constantly clean out a pond.

An informal pond is easier to construct and will give a more natural look and wildlife will love it.  Just remember to give them some form of easy access to the water and provide some shelter with waterside planting.

Aquatic plants not only enhance the natural beauty of your pond but also play an important role in maintaining a healthy balance of the pond’s ecosystem as well as helping to keep it clean and clear.

Water lilies floating on the surface of a pond will help reduce light levels in the water, which would otherwise promote the growth of algae, turning the water green.

Bog plants are ideal to plant around the pond edge where the pond water may overflow and as the soil remains damp a suitable bog area can quite be easily created. There are some lovely attractive bog plants available, such as the Arum Lily, Astilbes, Hostas and Irises to surround your pond.

Marginal plants are grown in the water around the edge of the pond and are best planted in aquatic baskets.  Not only do they provide cheery colour during the growing season but they are vital in providing some shade in the water and for providing shelter for the fish.

Oxygenating plants are considered to be the most important group of plants for a pond as they release oxygen into the water and they also help to minimise the growth of unwanted algae.

Other useful pond plants are the floating plants and as their name suggests these plants float on the surface of the water providing essential shade.

On a health and safety note, it goes without saying that you should never leave young children unsupervised playing near ponds. There are decorative metal covers available that you can put over the water surface for safety.

So, if you’ve always fancied a pond in your garden, do give it a go this year.

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