Garden ponds can add elegance, beauty and lively interest to your outdoor space. Whatever type of garden pond you own, it brings a focal point that enhances almost all yards.
Here are a few guidelines you can follow to make a garden pond that looks natural.
- Make sure that the entire perimeter of the garden pond is as near to the same height as possible. This is because the water level of a garden pond is only as high as the perimeter’s lowest point.
- You need to decide whether you want your garden pond to be shallow or deep as this affects the overall cost and final appearance of the pond. Deeper ponds mean that the bottom becomes less visible and the fish are able to tuck themselves away, hidden from sight. They also require more expensive pond liners. Meanwhile, fish are more prominent in shallow ponds and it allows you to display your decorative rocks too. However, algae build up faster in shallow ponds.
- It’s inevitable that your pond will overflow unless you live somewhere with a parched and arid climate. To prevent the water from spilling over and racing toward the foundation of your house, you can make a predictable spillover point where the water can safely flow to.
- Try not to make the walls of your garden pond too vertical and tall. This can make it harder for you to apply stones to it. Stones that are loose and natural can be difficult to stack vertically. If possible, keep the banks of your garden pond at a 45-degree angle at most.
- The sun’s UV rays can damage and break down even the most expensive pond liner so it’s important to have every inch covered up. You can cover them with rivers pebbles, rocks up the sides or smooth gravel on the bottom to protect them from deteriorating.