In Landscaping services, installing a home pond in one’s yard can be a difficult, though not impossible, a task for the average homeowner. There are many things that one must take into account to make sure that the project will be a success. Before diving into it, give some genuine thought to contracting a full-service landscaper to take the necessary steps. Full-service landscapers are typically prepared to make water highlights that supplement the encompassing environment and will guarantee that the plants and water highlight are good with each other.
Siting is one of the most important decisions to make before the backhoes or shovels arrive on the scene. If there is an existing area for a pond, certain types of plants can have a negative impact on the pond itself. For example, many hardwood trees and larger palm trees should not be located too close to a water feature because of the toxic leaf litter that they create. Also, trees with spreading roots that grow near or on the surface can disturb the pond lining. Conversely, any structure added to a landscape after it is well established can negatively impact the plant life already there. Well-established trees, for instance, do not like the soil level altered, so a pond addition near a big tree could cause root diseases or extreme stress which could ultimately kill the tree.
While most plants will not endanger the lives of the fish, some plants are very toxic, so one must also consider this in selecting the foliage that will surround the pond. Many plants must be avoided. A few of the most common types include azaleas, bottlebrush, holly, hydrangea, common privet, philodendron, rhubarb, and tomatoes. While your landscaper should be familiar with plants to avoid, be sure to do some research on your own before planting.
The amount of sunlight that the pond receives is also a crucial consideration. Too much sunlight, especially in warmer climes, can have a detrimental effect on both the quality of the water as well as the vibrant colors of the fish. If koi fish live in the water, too much sunlight can fade the koi’s colors. Also, if the water gets too warm, several forms of algae can cause the pond to become green and so murky that the fish won’t even be visible. The algae will also disturb the eco-balance that is so necessary to keep the water’s flora and fauna healthy. Once again, your landscaper will be able to help decide where to place your water feature based on the type of fish that will live in it, as well as how to landscape around it to keep the amount of sunlight optimal in your area.
If you are keen on using a landscaper to design your yard and create a garden that has a very natural, informal look and relaxing ambiance, it may be worth the investment but first,think about how you want to use or benefit from your outdoor space. Unless you have training in installing a home pond, your best bet is to contact professional landscapers to do the job for you. The result will be a healthy, eco-balanced environment that you can enjoy for years to come.