Pond liners are the most popular option and available in a variety of materials. They enable the water gardener to create almost any fanciful shape or design of pond and to easily add a very functional bog garden. They are, however, the most vulnerable to damage, although if carefully constructed and maintained the risk is minimal. Make sure that the material selected is the most appropriate for the pond and the construction method being proposed.
Pre-formed ponds place some constraints upon the imaginative garden designer as they are a rigid shape. Not usually a constraint for the formal water gardener who requires a particular predetermined formal shape and size, but limiting when an informal pond is envisaged, although in recent years the designs of preformed pond shapes have greatly improved. The introduction of modern materials has also led to improvements, some of the restrictions of earlier technology now having been removed.
Concrete ponds do not have quite the same following as previously, but are still constructed for some larger projects, especially as fish ponds, and by serious fish hobbyists who are involved in specialized fish breeding and showing. Although the construction of a concrete pond is never going to be easy, some of the previous problems that have placed limitations upon concrete construction for the home gardener have been overcome with the introduction of various additives. This has been especially important in the areas of temperature as it affects the laying of concrete and its subsequent hardness and resilience. Internal waterproofing techniques, as well as external sealants have also been greatly improved.
Landscape design for ponds and water gardens has become a popular part of modern outdoor living space. Water features are calming, elegant, and add a natural element to your garden design. From trickling streams to rushing waterfalls, the tranquility of moving water creates a relaxing atmosphere and an inspirational view for your yard as well.
Whether your yard reflects a formal garden style, a contemporary design, or a charming country garden, there are an array of possibilities for including water features in the design. These simple steps will help you plan a waterscape that complements your home and blends with your overall landscape design.
Determine the purpose of your waterscape. There are many different ways to use water within your outdoor space. Garden ponds can be used for fish, including koi, or can be designed simply for enjoyment. A waterfall can be designed as a rustic addition to an informal garden or an elegant highlight in a more formal landscape. Fountains and streams can be designed to suit your outdoor theme as well.
Choose the best location for your water features. There are many different things to consider when selecting the best place in your yard to install a water garden. If you are planning a new landscape design, it will be easier to incorporate your water features but you can integrate a waterscape into your existing garden just as easily with a little extra planning. Consider a location that:
Is level and drains easily to avoid flooding.
Is easy to clean and maintain. An area with pathways around the water garden and accessible storage is ideal.
Receives the right amount of sunlight for the plants and animals within your water garden.
Provides an unobstructed view from terraces or sitting areas.