Small garden ponds can add a touch of elegance to the home while inviting nature to your backdoor. In addition, they can add to the serenity of your outdoor environment as you enjoy sitting and listening to the water trickle or rush from your pond. Luckily, small garden ponds are easy to install and can add long lasting beauty to your landscape.
Benefits of Small Garden Ponds
Small garden ponds are undoubtedly an attractive addition to the home. More than that, however, small garden ponds can be beneficial. This is particularly true for the homeowner who wishes to draw more of natures creatures to the home.
For gardeners, small garden ponds help to attract many beneficial insects, such as dragonflies. These dragonflies eat other insects that can harmful to the garden.
In addition, other animals, such as toads and frogs, are attracted to small garden ponds. This, of course, adds charm to the garden. But, these little amphibians are also helpful at keeping harmful insects at bay.
Installing Small Garden Ponds
Many home improvement stores have made installing small garden ponds a snap. Most offer pre-formed pond shapes that can be easily installed in the garden. To install one of these ponds, lay the pond upside down in the area the pond is to be installed.
Next, use a shovel to cut out the outline of the pond. Remove the shell and start digging. After the hole is to the desired depth, place the pond shell inside and check if it is level. Be sure to check the level of the pond at multiple locations because it is possible for it to be level in some areas and not level in other areas.
If your level cannot reach entirely across the length of the pond shell, use a board to span the distance and place the level on top of the board.
It is important to get small garden ponds level before completing installation. Ponds that are not level will look less attractive and may deteriorate more quickly. After the pond is level, begin to slowly fill it will water.
At the same time, begin adding dirt back in around the pond shell. Be sure to tamp the dirt so it is tight and secure against the pond shell.
Maintaining Small Garden Ponds
After small garden ponds are filled with water, it is necessary to keep the water circulating. This prevents algae from forming and helps encourage animals to visit the pond. It is also necessary if you wish to have fish in the pond.
To do this, you need to purchase a pump. Many owners of small garden ponds also choose to add a fountain, waterfall, or other special effects. The power of the pump needed for the pond depends on the size of the pond and the special water effects used with the pond.
Once you find the right combination, you will be sure to have a special garden retreat filled with the sounds of running water and the sites of natures creatures.