When it comes to planning a look for our gardens we automatically think about particular flowers and plants, different paving slab options or what garden furniture we should buy. It is becoming less and less common for people to consider putting ponds into their back garden but it is definitely not an addition that should be overlooked.
Water brings something of a magical quality to outdoor spaces and can really bring a garden to life. Not only will it add something your garden visually but it will also attract various kinds of wildlife that you would not otherwise find.
Everything from dragonflies to frogs can be found around your everyday garden pond. Adding a pond to your garden will create a new natural habitat for all these creatures to call home. You may also find pond snails, water beetles, mayflies and maybe even a newt or two if you’re lucky.
Many people are put off the idea of building a pond as they fear the workload it would create but worry not, maintaining a common garden pond can be no more difficult or time consuming than maintaining a regular flower bed.
Many pond owners find that they add beauty and interest to their gardens, not to mention the soothing sounds that running water creates.
Ponds are also good for the environment in several ways. For example, ponds are a great way of conserving water compared to maintaining a traditional lawn. Keeping a lawn looking luscious all year round requires regular watering and, as a result, up to 1,500 gallons of water can be used a month just on regular lawn watering.
Ponds can be topped up with rainwater and pond owners only need to ‘top up’ their ponds very occasionally after it has been initially filled.
Ponds also offer a self-sustaining cycle of hydration that keeps plants alive without the need to repeatedly water them. Pond water can also be used to water other plants in the garden, thereby eliminating the need for the garden hose and cutting back on water consumption.
Similarly, adding a pond to your garden can help you save money on costly fertilisers for your plants. You can, instead, use the sludge collected by your pond filter which is rich in nutrients to help feed your garden. This is an all natural method meaning no nasty chemicals!
Adding a pond to your garden can also help to raise environmental awareness. Having a pond can help to encourage children to take care of the planet as well as educating them in the importance of water conservation.
Installing a pond in your back yard can, in some cases, actually reduce the workload of maintaining your garden altogether. The use of hard landscaping around ponds can create a contemporary feel while also cutting down on the need to keep mowing the grass.
Having a pond also opens the door to the possibility of several other water features in your garden. For example, you could use your pond to support a spouting water fountain which would create a real focal point in the garden while also adding to the soothing atmosphere created by running water.
A surprising side benefit of owning a pond is that it can actually help you to lower your utility costs throughout the warmer summer months. Having a pond can help you to find that happy balance between saving money, maintaining a beautiful garden and conserving water.
If water conservation is something you are keen to get involved in then ponds or water gardens are the right landscaping choice for you. Ponds and water gardens literally water themselves through rainfall and therefore are efficient in terms of saving water and thereby preventing household water usage from dramatically increasing as is often seen with other types of garden landscaping.
Ponds really do add a magical element to gardens across the country and around the world. Combining their methods of conserving water with their ability to save money while also supporting the local indigenous wildlife and creating an inspiring focal point in your garden, there is no excuse not to consider adding a pond when re-landscaping your garden.
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