If you want to put the finishing touch to your backyard design, a water feature or pond might be just the ticket to add new life to your outdoor space.  You can choose different types of water features, such as waterfall or a pond.  Flowing or still water has a tranquil, relaxing quality to it, and by adding a water feature will allow you to bring this peaceful setting into your own yard.  You may be thinking that the care and upkeep of a water feature might be too much work, but they are much less labor intensive as you Mamore maintenance free than you think.  Follow a few simple guidelines and by understanding how your water feature’s ecosystem lives and breathes, you can enjoy this natural work of art for as long as you own your home.

Water fountains are considerably easier to deal with then a water garden and would be considered an entry level water feature.  Although fountains must be cleaned regularly, but that is really all the upkeep they require.  If you are looking for a water garden you will probably need to invest a little more time and money into hiring someone’s expertise, especially when you’re first trying to get it established.  When you are creating a water garden, it is important that you understand how the relationships between the plants and animals coexisting in this micro-ecosystem you have created.  If you want your water garden to survive and thrive, you’ll need to take special care to choose the right flora and fauna.

Many beginning pond owners have problem with algae blooms.  If you are like most pond owners you don’t want to be cleaning out your pond every few weeks, So, adding a few fish can greatly help as can floating plants which help to reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the algae.  A lot of pond owners house Japanese Koi in their ponds as they are quite hardy for our climate. You will also want to make sure that you don’t have an excessive amount of chlorine in your water, especially if you have fish (It will kill them).  A lack of oxygen will also kill you fish so you may want to install a pump and/or a filter.  to keep the water aerated with sufficient oxygen. Finally, you will also want to regularly check the pH levels keeping it between 6-8 and preferably as close as you can to 7.

Now if you have decided to have your pond installed for you, ask the professionals for advice on how to get started.  If you are still not sure about where to get started you can also buy one of several books at amazon or watch several great videos on YouTube to help guide you step-by-step through the process of creating your own water garden.  Once you get your pond is established with a healthy ecosystem of fish plants snails and insects, you will likely find the upkeep to be quite minimal and you will have created a self-sustaining backyard ecosystem.

Many of our clients have found that by adding a water feature to their yard can literally transform their entire surroundings.  Ponds, fountains, and waterfalls add a natural beauty and serenity to any outdoor area, no matter how small or modest. Best of all, you will find that by adding a water feature you can attract all kinds of wildlife, like birds, butterflies and even frogs to your urban oasis. If you would like help in creating your own water feature, contact Vandal’s Landscaping at (204) 299-8887 and put us to work.

 

 

*Vandal’s Landscaping is a family business owned and operated by Todd Vandal and his wife Brooke Vandal, providing amazing landscapes and property maintenance in Winnipeg and surrounding areas since 1999.