So, you’ve decided you want a koi pond in your backyard. Congratulations, it’s a great decision. Ponds aren’t just for keeping fish such as koi in, but they can also encourage other nature into your garden, provide a stunning focal point for visitors to admire and offer a source of relaxation – who doesn’t love closing their eyes and hearing nothing but the sound of trickling water as your very own pond babbles away not far from your back door?
With the decision taken to construct a pond, the big question is, what is your pond going to look like and where in your backyard is it going to go? Here are the factors you need to consider when designing a pond.
Decide on the style of your pond
When her home in West Village, New York needed a refresh, actress Julianne Moore hired professional landscaper Brian Sawyer to redesign her garden. Thankfully, you don’t need to source a professional with a Guaranteed Scholarships in Garden Design to help you decide on the style of your pond. When it comes to a pond housing fish, the most common designs are a formal shape, raised up and near to the house so that you can see your fish swimming around in all their splendor.
Consider the safety aspects
Arguably the most important factor to consider when it comes to designing a pond is the safety aspect. We’ve all read horror stories about young children accidentally walking or falling into ponds with terrible consequences. A raised pond can prevent that happening by providing a physical barrier between child and water. It also offers an edge to sit on, which can be handy if you want to relax in the garden or if the pond is for somebody elderly who may need to sit down while working on the pond. If you are still worried about the potential of a child falling in, then you can purchase a pond cover or netting. This will also protect your fish from any urban animals that may see them as an easy lunch.
Think about the electricity supply
Most likely, your pond is going to require a filter and pump while many of us will also want to install fountains or waterfalls. All of these require electricity to work. That can have a bearing on the positioning of your koi pond, as you are going to need it to be relatively close to a mains supply, which will probably come from a building. You should always use and consult a qualified electrician, especially when dealing with electricity and water.
Check the positioning of underground services
Your pond is going to require at least some digging down, so you need to check that it isn’t going to be situated above any water pipes, sewage pipes of electric cables. The last thing you want when you start constructing it is to cut through any of those three utilities.
Avoid siting your pond in the shade
There are several reasons for avoiding putting your koi pond in the shade. The most obvious is that if it is situated under trees, then come fall it’s going to fill up with fallen leaves which will be a nightmare to remove. If you want flowers to bloom among the water, then you’ll need to choose a position which receives sunlight for around six hours a day.