Water is an excellent addition to any type of garden. It makes your backyard feel more lively and attractive, not to mention the fantastic water sound effects, that will calm the most fragile nerves. It isn’t surprising that more and more people are interested in making a pond their main water feature in a modern garden. Creating a backyard pond by yourself is a brave project, and you should be commended for it. But before you start the work, make sure you have all the essentials at the ready. Backyard ponds require proper installation and some maintenance afterward, so you should possess basic pond knowledge to make it long-lasting and healthy for your garden. Here are the five must-haves for your backyard pond.
The pump circulates water through a filter and takes it up to the fountain or a waterfall. It is an essential part of the equipment, without a pump, your pond won’t work anytime soon.
The longevity of your pond will also depend on the quality of the pump you will install. There are many pond pumps available on the market, make sure you take some time to do research and choose the best one for your backyard. The perfect pump is one that has the GPH (gallon per hour) rate matching the volume of your pond. It will also need some additional GPH to supply your fountain or waterfall if you have one. During shopping, look for a pump with the lowest wattage that ticks all the other boxes. The lower the wattage, the more energy-efficient the device will be.
At this point, you already know that you need a filter to accompany your pump. This particular part of the equipment will keep the water in your pond debris-free and make sure the pump won’t clog. A filter is also designed to sustain fish. You might want to need two types of filters for your backyard pond, a biological and a mechanical one. The biological filter is only required if you plan to have fish in your water and it has one massive advantage, it doesn’t need cleaning. However, once installed, you should be aware that the mechanical filters need cleaning to work correctly, weekly in spring and fall, monthly in winter, and every other week during summer.
Now, it is time to think about leaking prevention, and this is the job of a liner. It stops the water from leaking into the ground and makes your pond a safe place for any water animals. The most challenging part of buying the liner is to know how much you need it. Fortunately, there is a formula that will help get exactly the amount required and save you some money.
Liner width = pond width + (2 x depth) +2
Liner length = pond width + (2 x depth) +2
Multiply liner length by liner width to get the total square footage of the material you need. You will also have to make a decision on the kind of material you want, synthetic rubber or a plastic liner.
Another must-have piece of equipment for your backyard pond is an underlayment. It is there to make sure the liner is protected from punctures and stretching during the installation process. It will act as a cushion to your liner. You need to make sure it is the right size, so take the measurements for the liner with you to your supplier. The specialist will help with buying the proper underlayment. But do check twice if your underlayment is made out of 100% polypropylene and that it is formulated to resist ultraviolet light deterioration.
A water agitator
If you don’t keep the water inside your pond moving, it will become stagnant and filled with algae in no time. To prevent that from happening, you can choose out of three water agitator options. They are a fountain, a waterfall, and a bubbler. Which one you choose depends only on the water effect you like the most. Water shooting up from the surface, a tiny Niagra falls or bubbles, which one do you like the most? Also, take into consideration the fish and plants you wish to have inside your pond. Consult a specialist to choose a water agitator that will be the main attraction of your pond and safe for its citizens as well.
Water is the most potent element out there. Including it in your yard is an excellent idea. The backyard pond is the crown jewel of your garden. It will impress your guests and make your backyard even more exciting and relaxing than it is now. Installing a pond is one big DIY project, but with the right equipment, it is quite easy to do. Make your backyard the most beautiful in a few miles radius with the pond that you desire for so long now.
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