Ponds of unique styles have become the in-thing for many homes. The right pond design can turn a boring backyard into a glamorous haven, extending the living space of a home. Imagine being able to enjoy a stunning arrangement of calm water, beautiful aquatic plants and ornamental fish in your backyard ponds. Suburban and urban residents can connect with nature; helping to clear the immediate environment of pollution and city noise.
Did you know that backyard ponds increase the market value of one’s property? The overall aesthetic appeal of one’s home can be improved with the addition of a pond.
The surprising “green” news is that backyard ponds and waterfalls help to control microclimates and support a wide range of exciting and new planting opportunities. Backyard ponds also produce biomass that is excellent for landscaping and garden mulch.
Ponds have the advantage of supporting aquatic plant life. Once the aquatic plant life is established and the pond maintains good water quality, various species of fish may be added to create a healthy backyard ecosystem.
Good research helps to determine the correct size, water depth and equipment for maintaining oxygen levels that aquatic life need in order to thrive. Waterfalls are an excellent way to add drama and create soft, soothing sound. Waterfalls also recycle the water to maintain good pond health.
The artistic layout can mimic classic Asian or European styles, or the layout can mimic a favorite wild river pond. The average size is around 11’x16’, but backyard ponds can be as small as 6’ x 8’. However, aquatic plant selection determines the size, depth and the landscaping that enhances the pond.
Submerged aquatic plants provide oxygen for ornamental fish. Water Lily and Hornwort are examples of submerged aquatic plants. Marginal and floating plants have stems that grow in the air, but need a pond for the submerged roots. Irises and Lotus are marginal plants. Mosquito ferns and water clover have the entire plant and roots afloat.
Some species of pond fish aid in controlling mosquito-borne diseases by eating mosquitoes and their larvae. Assessing the right temperature conditions and fish species can help you create a healthy pond environment without the mess of a confused or unhealthy pond life. Some ponds may need a heater to keep the pond from freezing in the winter.
With the online world ready at your fingertips to research, it is easy to consult experts and develop a comprehensive plan for the backyard oasis of your dreams. There is no limit to the Backyard pond designs you can create based on the availability of space. Release the artist in you to generate monetary returns or to liven up your home, by building a beautiful backyard pond.