Installing a Water Garden Checklist

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  • If you want to create a habitat for flowering plants, be sure to locate your garden in a sunny spot.
  • Babies and toddlers can drown in just a few inches of water.
  • These can be found at garden centers or wineries. Be sure they do not have drainage holes. Once you add water to your barrel, the wood will swell, sealing any leaks or cracks. If you plan on keeping fish in your barrel pond, be sure the barrel is at least 18 inches deep.
  • These make easy water garden containers. Because they are made of metal, they should be kept out of direct sunlight so they don’t overheat.
  • Come in many shapes and sizes. You will have to dig a hole to match the shape of your pond liner.
  • Probably the easiest to install for the novice, they take the shape of whatever hole you dig. They are usually made of PVC and come in a variety of thicknesses. The thicker the plastic, the more it will cost but will last longer.
  • First use a garden hose to outline your desired size and shape. Dig your hole at least 18 inches deep if you plan to grow water plants or keep fish.
  • Outline the pool’s position with landscape paint or a garden hose. Dig your hole two inches deeper and wider than your rigid liner.
  • A pond that isn’t level will create runoff in your yard whenever the water level gets too high.
  • If you are using a flexible liner, you may have to trim the edges.
  • Pumps help aerate your pond, keeping the water healthy for plants and fish. Pumps will also circulate water in a fountain or waterfall feature.
  • Submersible pumps are usually placed in the bottom of your pond. They range in size from 50 to 50,000 gallons of water per hour.
  • Be sure to use a ground-fault circuit interrupter for safety. Use a timer for better energy savings.
  • This can be attached to a fountain or a waterfall, or you can just leave it open on the bottom of the pond to keep the water from becoming stagnant.
  • This is the most fun part of any water garden project.
  • You may need to put them in an indoor aquarium if you get really harsh winters.
  • Can be bought at your local pet store.
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