Building Outdoor Water Features

mmarketing By mmarketing, 14th Oct 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Building outdoor water features in your backyard, might sound like a big undertaking. Having said that, outdoor water features do need some deliberate planning.

Outdoor Water Features

If you have decided that outdoor water features are going to be a necessity in your garden, make sure to take some time to deliberate on a few of the essentials, before you start.

Preparing how you are going to go about it, with the installation, is going to save you a great deal of frustration in the long run.

Nonetheless, many home-hanypersons typically make errors. But, help is at hand, in abiding by the following simple tips you might stay clear of the risks of do-it-yourself backyard pond catastrophes.

With a garden water feature, you can easily turn a mundane garden into a place of charm, specifically if you have a pond as the main feature of your backyard.

In the initial planning, it is essential to try and include your water feature into the present landscape of your yard. Do not allow this project to detract from the charm of your backyard, put it somewhere it is neither out of the way, out of place, nor encroaching on your lifestyle.

Do not make it luxurious if you have an extremely basic backyard area, because, apart from sticking out like a sore thumb, the rest of the garden will need upgrading too. Take the time to select the style that will enhance the general landscape design of your existing garden.

Installing your very own outdoor water feature should not be remarkably difficult, if considered preparation is in place throughout the project. The most difficult component in developing this sort of feature, will probably be excavating the hole for it.

A great deal is going to rely on what sort of ground your backyard has, as this is going to establish just how effortless, or arduous, the excavating component will be.

This can easily, indeed, be back-breaking, so if you are not up to it, find an individual, or company, with a backhoe or some sort of earth moving equipment.

The project will continue with less problems if you have the correct landscape for your water feature, as in, it ought to be pretty level.

You are going to have to consider the following, logistical factors:

How much sunlight does the proposed area get?
Do not put your water feature in total shade, given that this is going to hinder the hours of direct sunlight required for the well-being of your water creatures and plant-life.

How close will it be to the backdoor?
You don't want to fall into it everytime you open the door.
Likewise, you don't want to have to need a packed lunch to get there.

Is there a water source close enough to avoid added plumbing costs?
There must be some function that allows you to drain the feature, as in drainage, for cleaning, overflows, etc.
Not a good idea to merely drain it onto your lawn if you have close neighbors.
Similarly, you will need to top up the water from time to time. So, your choice is to have a water outlet close to the feature, or you will be running hoses all over the place.

Is there access to power, close enough to avoid additional electric costs?
You will need a source of power for water pumps, lighting etc.
You will want to avoid having power cables draped everywhere at all costs. Apart from being ugly, there is the safety factor to consider.
If the nearest power source is on the other side of a wide concrete driveway, or 500 yards away, well, you get the idea.

Is there easy access to the area for bringing in materials and machinery?
Many a D.I.Y. project has been abandoned by the home handy-person, due to the sheer frustration of trying to get materials onto the site.
You must have access, easy access, to the project. Poor access, can mean damage to existing structures and gardens whilst you try and squeeze through, let us not forget the safety factor, and, tantrums.

Constructing an outdoor water feature of any type, or dimension, demands suitable added components to have the outcome looking it's finest.

When creating a water feature, depending on the actual size, you may require a water pump, a pond filter, possibly a pond liner of suitable dimensions, the water creatures and plant-life, maybe lighting, too.

Before I forget, there may also be council by-laws to consider. Think about this, you may be required, by law, to have the thing enclosed by a child-proof fence.

The dimensions and form of the water feature depends initially on the amount of free space you have available. Your private desires are not the most essential factor to start with.

Too commonly, people may become somewhat over-keen at the prospect of installing a garden water feature and their day-dreaming could enter into over-drive. This is where the whole idea comes unstuck.

Forcing a water feature into a spot that is unsuitable, eventually will disappoint you and will not provide you the harmony you were expecting. Especially if whenever you step outside your house - you get wet feet.

These are merely some concerns you should have looked at, before you even begin.

There are relatively cheap do-it-yourself packages readily available in nurseries and the like. Your water feature can be a modest and preformed style, or a much larger one that requires a pond-liner holding up to 7 thousand gallons, or 26498 liters of water.

A preformed water feature is made from fiberglass into a predetermined shape. These are normally fairly good, as they have sufficient depth for fish, and ordinarily have a number of platforms for planting various plant varieties, commonly also featuring allowance for small waterfalls or cascades.

Pond liners can be found in diverse sized rolls or pieces, of a resilient PVC material, that is ultraviolet and decay resistant. This is the most effective solution if you wish a free-form style, or have specific design constraints due to garden position, or available space.

Plant to the dimension of your water feature. Experiment with a range of water plants over time. You are going to most likely find that some water plants go nuts in your environment, whilst others will have the tendency to languish.

Like any sort of gardening, this is a process that will take time before you understand the specific qualities of the various plant varieties.

Do not put an over-abundance fish in a small backyard pond. Your water feature needs to be, in part, a minimum of 60cm deep for goldfish and 1.5 m or even more for Koi.

To determine the numbers of fish to suit your water feature, work out the surface area and give 60sq centimeters of surface area for each 1 centimeter of fish ( equal to 24 sq. inches each inch of fish). Given that fish grow and breed, it is recommended, for starters, around one-third of the theoretical max population.

For instance, a 1.8 x 1.2 m (6ft x 4ft) water feature will, in theory, handle 360cm (144ins) of fish, equal to 36 fish about 10cm (4ins) long, yet, in practice, you ought to have only 12.

Building outdoor water features in your backyard, may either become a fantastic plus, or, an outright catastrophe. If you are going to have a backyard pond as the focal point of your garden, appropriate preparation is going to assist you to stay clear of all types of sorrows.


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author avatar Denise O
14th Oct 2012 (#)

Some really good tips you got here. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar mmarketing
15th Oct 2012 (#)

Thank you Denise O.
A pleasure, indeed.


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author avatar Retired
16th Oct 2012 (#)

Hello Chris, I enjoyed reading your article. You gave some very tips about garden. Because I have been having a lot of problems trying to grow plants in my front and back yard because of the sunlight.

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author avatar vpaulose
17th Oct 2012 (#)

Thank you MM for this nice info.

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