A Backyard Fish Pond

Water gardens and​ backyard ponds are for​ butterflies,
frogs, birds, fish, you, and​ the whole family .​
ponds may be small, may even be no larger than 3 to​ 4
feet in​ diameter .​
These may be built in​ patio
containers and​ barrels .​
Drawing wildlife in​ your
backyard may be done by adding water gardens and
ponds .​
These will not only provide enjoyment and
interest but also a​ natural and​ relaxing environment
as well.
A fish pond in​ your​ backyard may become the focal
point of​ your​ backyard conversation​ .​
So spice it​ up
with this​ tips and​ techniques.
Where to​ Put Up a​ Backyard Pond
Place your​ fish pond in​ a​ place where you​ can best
view it​ from, whether from a​ deck or​ the patio .​
it coincide with the natural surroundings .​
Do not
place the pond where the sun can overheat it .​
it in​ a​ shaded place but not under the trees.
It is​ best to​ slightly elevate the soil surrounding
the pond so that excess water will not enter into it.
Plan the drainage system of​ the pond, making sure that
it draws the water away from your​ house.
Landscaping the surroundings around your​ pond will
provide a​ natural dwelling place for​ birds and​ frogs
that need water and​ land​ .​
Make sure that electricity
is available if​ you​ plan to​ use lights, filters, or​ a
water re-circulating device.
Do not place the pond under the trees to​ avoid fallen
leaves into the pond .​
this​ technique will also provide
less maintenance to​ the pond .​
Expose the pond to
sufficient sunlight only since some aquatic plats grow
well in​ full sun and​ others do not.
Using Pond Liners
Pond liners are used to​ keep water from leaking into
the soil .​
It is​ almost always necessary for​ ponds even
if​ it​ they are situated in​ clay soils .​
Pond liners
come in​ different shapes and​ sizes .​
They even include
built in​ waterfalls or​ any design based on​ your
preferences .​
They are durable and​ convenient.
Consider a​ polyvinyl chloride liner (PVC liner) in
building larger ponds .​
in​ determining the size of​ the
PVC, you​ have to​ know the maximum length, width, and
depth of​ the pond .​
After which, multiply the maximum
depth by 3 .​
Add the answer to​ the width and​ the
length .​
Now you​ have enough PVC to​ securely hold down
the pond edges.
Pond liners come in​ different thickness as​ well .​
thicker the pond liner, the more resistant it​ is​ to
punctures .​
Cement may be considered an​ optional pool
liner .​
However, it​ requires more expertise to​ install
and​ it​ may cost more than the regular plastic pond
However, considering that many ponds are quite small,
other plastics may be used .​
It may be cheaper but many
may break down easily once prolonged exposure to
ultraviolet light happens .​
Some plastics also may
prove to​ be toxic to​ fish.
Pond Installation
Time your​ pond building when the ground is​ not overly
wet or​ frozen .​
Dig the hole according to​ the right
depth and​ place (and​ secure) the pond liner .​
landscape the pond surroundings .​
Remove any rocks from
the surrounding area .​
Add water, plants, and​ a​ pump.
Let the pond sit for​ a​ few days before adding plants
and​ fish .​
Let the plants settle for​ at​ least one week
before placing the fish.
Then sit back and​ enjoy your​ backyard fish pond!

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