Water Garden Basics

There have been many new trends in gardening over the last several years, and water gardening has become one of the main new interests. Water gardens can look quite different from one another from ponds to waterfalls or fountains, all of which can be enhanced by the use of rocks in combination with lighting, plants, and fish.

 water gardens Water gardening doesn’t have to look like a natural pond, which looks great in a natural garden. A fountain looks great in a formal garden. And size wise they can be large if you have a back yard that has the room. Or they can consist of just a plastic tub, basically anything that can hold water.

The most important thing to consider in water gardening is probably choosing the spot to have it. Since plants and fish both need plenty of sunlight having it in direct light away from trees and bushes is the best place. This also has the advantage of preventing leaves and debris from collecting in the water.

Decide the size you want is where you need to start your planning for a water garden. The size will of course depend on how much money you are willing to spend. Water gardening can get expensive if you are wanting a large garden full of plants, rocks, fish, and lights. Other considerations that are important are the size of your property, and the amount of time you want to spend maintaining your water garden.

 water gardens When choosing aquatic plants for your garden, remember that the plants should only cover about half of the water. Which you choose is all a matter of personal preference. They can be free floating, submerged, or marginal (with the water about where soil would normally be). Some plants provide more oxygen than others which will keep the pool healthy, while some are good for their scent and some are just beautiful.

Fish are not only nice to look at but they are also very beneficial. Fish help keep debris at a minimum and help in controlling larva and other insects.

One of the main difficulties in water gardening is keeping water clear of algae. Algae problems are usually caused from too many nutrients in the water from feeding fish too often or from over fertilizing plants. If ponds are made correctly and are maintained properly algae problems and control will be kept at a minimum.

 water gardens You can often get rid of the algae
-by reducing the nutrients that are causing the algae by cutting back on feeding and fertilizing your fish and plants.
-by installing a filter system
-by replacing existing water with fresh water though I don’t recommend this more than once a year.
– by using some chemicals, like copper compounds, (again not recommended) because overuse can kill plant life and fish.

All water gardens regardless of size will need maintenance throughout the year. But with proper planning and set up you can ensure a healthy balance between the living and decorative features of a water garden. In fact it can almost care for itself with only simple maintenance inputs from you.

Water gardening actually takes less time than regular gardening, but obviously isn’t totally different. You may feel like a person who couldn’t grow flowers of any kind no matter what. But anyone can be great at water gardening.

So if you are looking for a way to beautify your yard and spend some time enjoying it, then water gardening might be just what you’re looking for.

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