A pond is one of the most joyful additions you can make to your property. The beauty and the sounds are incredibly relaxing. But serious work has to go into creating this environment.
At Good Earth Water Gardens, we guide homeowners through the pond design and installation process. But before a pond dream can become a reality, there are six factors you need to consider.
It’s true in real estate, and it’s true for ponds, too. You want to position your water feature to be highly visible from your home and outdoor living areas – in other words, where you can enjoy it. This will ensure that you get the most bang for your buck.
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, a small pond is a doable project. But you need to do a lot of research. There’s nothing worse than putting a lot of work into a system that doesn’t operate properly. Consider consulting with a professional to ensure your pond will function as you envision.
At Good Earth Water Gardens, we see a lot of ponds that just didn’t turn out – both DIY and professionally constructed ponds. Don’t assume that landscapers can build an ecosystem pond. It’s important to work with a reputable pond installer.
We highly recommend working with a Certified Aquascape Contractor. These pros have many hours of training.
When selecting your pond materials, don’t skimp. Quality components make all the difference. Good Earth Water Gardens uses Aquascape products exclusively. We’ve found these products are high quality, reliable, and backed by technical know-now and a great warranty. Aquascape is one of the top pond builders in the world, so their products are well tested and designed.
The size of a pond depends on your space, budget, and personal preference. But don’t plan on it being very deep. We rarely build ponds that are more than two feet deep because there’s no reason for a deep pond. Shelves around the edges will step the water down in depth. This allows marginal water plants to be incorporated along the edge. And while there’s a myth that koi fish need a deep pond to survive, that’s not true. Koi do well in a pond that’s two feet deep.
Plants and fish
A pond isn’t at its best without plants. Consider what kind of landscaping you’d like around your pond and at its edges. Many aquatic plants do quite well in the Kansas City climate. We can offer expertise on what plants do especially well in the specific conditions of your yard.
Many of our clients look forward to having fish, too. Koi add an exciting dimension to any pond. Just a few tweaks in a pond’s design can make it a welcoming environment for fish. Caves, aeration, and shady areas become especially important.
A pond is probably even more spectacular at night than it is during the day. So, make sure you include lights in your budget. They might seem like an extra, but lights double the time that you can enjoy your pond each day. We recommend LED lights. They may be more expensive, but they’re low maintenance and have a long warranty.
Make your pond happen
There’s a lot to consider when you’re planning a pond. But Good Earth Water Gardens is pleased to help you through the process. As a Certified Aquascape Contractor, we’ve been designing and installing ponds in the Kansas City area for more than 10 years. Let us know how we can assist you – email us or give us a call at 913-749-8090.