The winter months lead many homeowners to plan landscaping around their Katahdin Cedar Log Home. Building a garden pond is one way to add a water feature to your yard. Outdoor garden ponds are easier to install and maintain than you might think!
Select the Right Location
You’ll want to identify the right spot for your pond. Depending on what plants and fish you plan to stock, you’ll want to have enough sunshine for plants. Avoid placement under mature trees unless you love to pick up fallen branches out of the water. Some experts recommend placing the pond near an entrance to ensure that the pond maintenance isn’t neglected. You’ll want to have access to power and water to run any water features and pumps to keep your pond healthy. If your site is on a sloped area it’s easier to add waterfalls and cascades.
Building the Pond
You’ll want to dig your garden pond at least 18 inches deep in the center to allow for temperature variation and enough water volume to keep from becoming stagnant. It’s a good idea to include one gently sloping side to allow critters an exit. If the sides are all steep, cats, raccoons and squirrels may not be able to climb out. Get your excavator to scrape out your pond while doing site work.
Invest in a Good Liner
Look for PVC or EPDM material linings with a sturdy mil thickness. If your liner is easily damaged, water will leak into the surrounding ground. Liners can be purchased online. Underlayments, geotextile and material for rock placement may also provide a durable foundation for your pond. A good source for these products is on Aquascape’s website for pond building materials.
Water Pumps for Healthy Ponds
Backyard ponds need water movement and oxygenation to support for fish and plant life. A good pump will keep your water from stagnating and developing algae problems. Pumps can also operate waterfalls, fountains and other water features in the pond. One good source for pond pumps is Tsurimi.
Add the Right Plants
There are a wide range of water lilies, floating plants, bog plants, edging plants and oxygenating species available to stock your pond. Consider using native plants as these will thrive in your particular location and avoid invasive species that could cause problems in your area. A great source for all types of pond vegetation is Pond Plants Online an online source for a variety of species.
Check Before You Add Fish
Some states have strict regulations about the species homeowners can add to their ponds. Federal regulations can also affect whether it is permitted to move fish over state lines for stocking. Avoid the hassle of potential fines and removal of a prohibited species by working with your local wildlife agency!
Building a pond can add serenity to your Katahdin Cedar Log Home and provide an interesting visual focal point for your landscaping.