Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Are You Up for the Challenge of a Fish Pond?

A dramatic way to enhance the beauty of your property is with a fish pond. If you're fortunate enough to have a large backyard, the addition of a pond can only enhance its appearance. But adding a pond to your property requires that you make a big commitment of time and energy. You have to choose a location, build the pond, and then maintain it so that it continues to be a delightful addition to your landscape.

Putting in a fish pond will make a big change to the look of your property, so take your time in choosing a location. Remember that once you install it, it's permanent, unless you're prepared to pay a lot of money to fix it. You'll want to place your fish pond where there's sufficient room for both the pond itself and the surrounding vegetation that will enhance it.

Beneath a tree is not a good location for a pond. Trees are constantly dropping leaves. Once they fall into the pond, you have to scoop them out. If you don't, the plants and fish in your pond will certainly suffer. It's also important to position the pond so it has optimal sunlight in order for the fish and plants to thrive.

Apart from the location, your next step is to determine the size and shape of pond that is best suited to your property and the overall effect you are trying to achieve. Consider the type of fish and water plants that you want to feature. A koi fish pond, for instance, has to be considerably larger than a goldfish pond. Hard shell pond liners come in an assortment of shapes, like oval, round, rectangular, and square. Or you can go with flexible pond liners that let you decide the shape.

Next, consider the maintenance requirements of your pond. There's no doubt that you want it to look its best at all times. But you also need to consider the health and wellbeing of the fish and vegetation. Regular feeding of the fish and cleaning of the pond are essential. Be informed about the proper care of the fish that you plan to keep, as well as the needs of the aquatic plants that will form part of the pond.

There's a considerable amount of time and effort involved in planning and installing a pond, but there's also the maintenance to consider. That's why it's important that you are very sure about the commitment before you go ahead. However, if you're up for the challenge, you can look forward to many years of pleasure from this lovely landscaping addition.

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