Monday, April 29, 2013

Build a Water Garden This Summer!

How to Build a Water Garden for Summer Entertaining

Water gardens are quite popular for backyard decorating, and they offer the benefit of less maintenance than a fish pond. Your plants will stay beautiful in their zen setting, and neighborhood cats won’t come over to feast on them. Since your plants are already in water, they require less attention than a normal garden. Plus, they look stunning showcased in your backyard, providing a unique element of beauty and escape.

Important Supplies
The most important supply you’ll need is a good pond liner. Pond liners come in a variety of sizes and weights, and they are relatively inexpensive but oh-so important. A pond liner will keep the water in the right place and prevent it from soaking into the dirt around the pond, which would create a muddy mess. You’ll want to make sure your liner is the right size and strength.

A good pond liner should have a guarantee of lasting a number of years, so you’ll know that you don’t have to empty and re-line the pond every summer. Put a lot of work into making sure your pond is set up well, so you’ll only have to minor maintenance on it each summer, with the major maintenance coming only about once every decade. You’ll also want to purchase a pond filter, which will keep the water from becoming stagnant.

Choose the Right Plants
Talk to a gardening expert at a local store or nursery to be sure that the plants you’d like fit your lifestyle and design aesthetic. It’s easy to look on the internet for photos of plants you love, but before you spend a lot on them, make sure they are options that will adapt well to your lifestyle. If you’re not at home a lot, or if your kids tend to take up a lot of your time, it’s best to go with low-maintenance plants, even if they aren’t as stunningly beautiful as other plants you’d like. If you’re unable to maintain some of the plants, they won’t look as nice anyway.

Stage It
You’ll want to take a look at your backyard and strategically think through everything you use it for. If you need space for kids to play and space for grilling and entertaining, factor all those needs into your decision of where to set up the pond and how big it should be. Once you’ve determined the size, decide what types of staging elements you’d like around it, such as rocks, bird baths, fountains, mosaics, or benches. You may be able to find some of these items inexpensively at garage sales or second-hand stores to save some money.

Paige One writes about a variety of topics, including summer entertaining!

1 comment:

  1. I would love to take that on for a project someday. A water garden looks like a lot of work, but I'm sure once it's done it's totally worth the effort.