Installing a Water Garden Checklist

If you want to create a peaceful oasis in your yard or garden, look no further than a simple water garden. Water features, including bird baths, fountains, and ponds will attract birds and butterflies to your garden and set the scene for relaxation. Water gardens are a beautiful addition to woodland and flowering landscapes, and they have the ability to increase the value of your home. This installing a water garden checklist can help you with an installation that is sure to become a perfect backyard retreat.

Features

Location

  • 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.

Find your Container.

  • 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.

Dig your pond (if using a liner):

  • 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.

Use decorative stones to cover the edges of your liner.

Install a pump for a filter, fountain, or waterfall.

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.

Choose your plants and animals.

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.

Tips for Installing a Water Garden Checklist

  • Add a bucket full of water from a local wetland, pond, or lake. This water contains thousands of beneficial bacteria and organisms to help create diversity in your water garden.
  • If you have algae in your pond, add a small square of barley straw. This is a natural way to limit algae growth.
  • Chemical fertilizers and pesticides can wreak havoc on your pond. Do not use chemicals on your plants or lawn if you want your water garden to thrive.