Tips For Picking The Perfect Spot For Your Pond Or Water Feature

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A water feature or pond constructed by professionals like Kona Land and Water Escapes can add beauty and value to any home. If you've decided to go for it and place one in your yard, you undoubtedly need to pick the right spot. This takes careful planning as the right location will bring you and your family years of enjoyment, and the wrong one can spell disappointment down the road. Before you retrieve the wheelbarrow and shovel, here are some quick and dirty tips to ensure you pick the perfect place for your pond.

Trees

Having a pond nestled under the shade of a tree can be very enticing, but it may not be the ideal location. You don't have to toss the whole idea aside, but here are a couple of things you should be aware of.

First, there's the tree's root system. Roots go much further out than you think, and it can be pretty hard to dig around them without doing some damage. While destroying a few roots isn't likely to kill the tree completely, you do have to think about what having a pond there long-term will do to it. For instance, one of the ways a tree stays hydrated is by catching the water that drips off the leaves. If your pond is catching that water, you could be cutting off part of the tree's natural water supply.

The second issue is debris falling into the pond. As you probably know, leaves can clog your pump (if you have one). But another concern comes if they're not cleared out right away. You see, many people are under the false impression that because ponds are plentiful in nature, things like twigs, pine needles, and leaves are okay. But the truth is all that stuff can be harmful to fish and other plant life in your pond. This is because as the debris rots, it uses up the oxygen in the pond. This is bad not only for things that need oxygen, but it also encourages the formation of anaerobic bacteria. This is the bacteria that causes odors to form, and while it is great for the environment, it will not be highly appreciated by your nose. 

Low Spots

Placing your water feature or pond in a low-lying area that tends to stay wet is not a good idea. Your pond will end up collecting everything from rainwater runoff to all the fertilizers and pesticides you've used in your yard or garden. Be sure that you build your pond on a higher spot that tends to stay dry. Also, unless you plan on installing a waterfall, in which case a slope will be beneficial, your pond should be constructed on nice, level ground so that the building process goes much smoother. 

Sunlight

Ponds and aquatic plants go together like honeybees and flowers. Because most plants that thrive in a pond will need plenty of sun, you have to take this into account when narrowing down your location. Most aquatic plants need about six hours of sunlight each day.

One aquatic plant in particular that is beneficial in removing pollutants, as well as providing lots of oxygen, is the Coontail (Ceratophyllum demersum). It also helps to control the growth of algae, and while it grows under water, it still needs lots of sunlight every day. If you have water lilies in your pond, they will do better with more light. In fact, lilies thrive when they get sun all day. You'll know that your lilies are not getting enough sun if they don't flower and only produce leaves.

A pond that is mostly shaded is fine only if you don't plan on having any sort of plants or animals within.

Visibility

Where do you tend to spend most of your time? In the kitchen or the living room? No matter where you like to relax, you'll want to be sure you can see your water feature or pond from a window, not just for self-enjoyment but also for safety. Just remember, all you need is to be able to quickly spot an intruder, like a small child or pet, that could be in trouble.

Accessibility

Most professionals recommend that you not completely change the water in your pond once you have it set up. But there will be times that you need to top it off. Water does evaporate after all, and unless you have an internal filling system, you need to plan your pond so that you can have access to it with a water hose.

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