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A Water Garden Makes For Calm And Lovely Addition To Any House Landscape

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Doesn't it feel relaxing when you get to sit back and relax or lie down on the grass in your garden and you hear nothing but the sound of water flowing smoothly in the background, ringing like beautiful music to your ears? Doesn't it feel like paradise? The sight and sound of water has always drawn the interest of people. Water brings a pleasing element to a garden. Water gardening involves fountains, waterfalls, ponds, and elegant combinations of rocks and lighting. A water garden is a pool of water that contains fish, water plants, and other water creatures.

 

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Water gardening has now evolved to be one of the very popular landscaping styles nowadays. People of all ages love the sound of flowing water because it is very calming and peaceful.
If you want to have a water garden, one of the most important things to take into consideration is choosing the right spot for it. Since water gardens are usually home to fish and aquatic plants, the water garden needs to be in a place where there is constant access to sunlight during the daytime because most fish and aquatic plants depend on the sun. Also, the place should steer clear of any tree or tall shrub, to have access to sunlight and also to avoid leaf and stick rubbish in the water.
When planning your water garden, you have to use some basic principles. You have to consider the size of your lawn and your ability to maintain a water garden. If you have a small property, a small pond would probably be best. You may also add waterfalls, rockwork, lighting and fountains if you have the budget, and it would also depend on the style and purpose of your landscape. However, doing so would further enhance the scenery, especially at night.

When choosing aquatic plants, you must know that plants should not cover more than 50-60% of the water surface. There are many types of aquatic plants to choose from for example, free floating ones, or the ones that are to be submerged in water. The selection all depends on you and what you want for your pond. Water lilies are said to add drama and fragrance to water no matter how small your pond is. There are also some plants that are healthy and provide oxygen to the water. You also have the option to add fish, if you want to. A good addition would be the ever famous janitor fish which are popular for cleaning up dirty debris in the water, thus being called “janitor” because they clean. Some fish can also help control mosquito larva and other sorts of insects. However, if you have fish in your pond, you need to make sure that you regularly maintain and clean the pond so your fish can live.

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It is also possible to do water gardening yourself, if you have the time and heart to do it. There are many do-it-yourself kits available and they are easy to install. These kits can be found at home improvement stores. Or, if you have the necessary budget, you may hire landscapers to do the water gardening for you.
All garden pools, regardless of their size and content require proper and constant maintenance. If you had proper planning and perhaps advice from an expert, a healthy balance between the living and decorative features of a water garden that can almost take care of itself can be accomplished, and you would only have simple maintenance procedures to do.

By: Cedric Loiselle

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Here Is How To Design The Perfect Water Garden

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A water garden can be the most enjoyable investment you could ever make, or the biggest wet nightmare. A recent phone call from an angry water garden owner prompted this article. What she was describing to me was just the opposite of what would be considered the ideal water garden experience.
She began by telling me the pond was leaking, and she needed to add water daily. It was full of algae and smelled like dead fish. Besides needing to pull the sump pump out of the pond every three days to clean the algae and debris from its intake screen, her electric bill was out of hand since she installed the pond. She continued: "The grandkids were climbing around on the waterfall and the rocks slid around, exposing the liner everywhere."

When she complained to the contractor about needing to add water every couple of days, he came out and did something and it stopped losing water. She explained that she told a friend that her water bill was three times its normal cost and that she heard running water all the time and thought it might be a stuck toilet tank float. The friend investigated and discovered the contractor had installed a mechanical water level controller to the pond. He did this instead of fixing the leak, apparently assuming that the client would never figure it out.

Then came the dreaded question she asked me: "Can you help me out?" my automatic response is, "How much did you spend on your pond and waterfall?" She answered, "$6,500!" I then asked, "Before taking your money, did the contractor give you any of the negative aspects of a liner pond, such as dangers from gnawing rodents, tree roots, sharp rocks, and other such objects?" She answered, "No, nothing at all."

Since we do not try to patch or fix other contractors' mistakes, there was only one reply I could give: that we would have to rip it all

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out and start from scratch. I explained that I had counseled at least a dozen of my clients in similar situations to go to small claims court to try to recover their investment from unscrupulous contractors. Every one of them was successful in court, thanks to their consultations with me and my assistance to them as an expert witness. One did not even have a contractor's license and the customer had to put a lien on his house to recover her money.

Here is a summary of what I tell these people whom I have helped:

1.Research every aspect of water gardening before you start. You will rarely get unbiased information from pond liner advocates that sell pond liner kits and sump pumps. All of their so-called pond advice and "how-to" information is identical because they plagiarized false or inaccurate information from each other.

2. Find a qualified contractor.
3. Build the water garden, pond and waterfall using rebar and concrete. The pond liner track record speaks for itself:
More than 37% of all waterfalls have serious structural damage within 3 years of construction.
57% of homeowners say they are rather unsatisfied with the way their waterfall came out after the project was completed.
One in three waterfalls and ponds are leaking water within nine months of completion.
63% of "do-it-yourselfers" say they wished they had the proper information from the "get go" or that they had hired someone.

4. Use an energy-efficient centrifugal pump. Sump pumps are not designed for continuous operation only intermittent duty. In addition, they have limited warranties and use up to 60% more energy than centrifugal pumps.

5. Install an autofill water level controller.

A water garden should not be considered a short term investment. Water gardens in most cases will bring more long term joy and pleasure than anything someone could spend money on. It is something that should last for decades. If it is built with concrete and rebar, it is built to last. Liner construction, however, does not last. Take it from a professional. If it is not worth doing right, then it is not worth doing at all.

By: Douglas C. Hoover

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Douglas C. Hoover; CEO of Aquamedia Corp, Master Waterfall Builder, architect, engineer, freelance writer, author, designer & builder of well over 1,900 waterfall and ponds in CA (26 years). Author of "Waterfall and Pond Construction Manual" and developer of the "Water Feature Digital Design Library 4.0" Free downloads, no sign in- www.aquafill.com

Water Garden Makes For Calm And Lovely Addition To A House Landscape

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There are several different terms by which people call a water garden: aquatic garden is one term that is often used while backyard pond is another and so too is the term garden pond used to refer to this very popular form of garden. Of course, this kind of garden is generally made by humans and will typically combine both a pool filled with aquatic plants and a sprinkling of fish that add to the appeal of the water garden.

Rocks and Fountains
A water garden can also contain rocks and fountains as well as waterfalls and these can be used individually or in combination and which options are chosen depend on how the owner wishes their water garden to look like. There are several different types of such gardens including containers, manmade ponds, natural ponds and bogs as well as wild river as too lakes.
The manmade water garden is very popular, especially as many gardeners want more than the typical garden and this is why they and many more like them are opting to include water gardens in their homes. Such gardens help to add a special kind of beauty and in addition add to the serenity of the location and these two features are enough to motivate people to create water gardens in their home landscapes.
Water is also symbolic of life and this is why it attracts so many people. It only requires identifying the right kind of aquatic plants and

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then adding some fish will help create an attractive water garden. However this kind of special landscaping is more complex as compared with your traditional garden since there are more things that need to be taken into consideration.
These kinds of gardens have their own unique problems and so you need to plan, design and construct a water garden with greater care. In addition, it is also necessary that you create a desirable shape for the water garden after which you will need to excavate the site after which the plumbing needs to be installed.
Once the plumbing has been successfully completed you will need to use liner in which the water will be contained. After the water garden has been completed you can then add the proper vegetation and use of low maintenance aquatic plants is recommended. To embellish this kind of garden you can add fish, rocks that should be added to give a more pleasing appearance.
To create a more visually appealing garden you should also consider installing a garden water fountain. The addition of this fountain will help accentuate your garden and decorate it so that you can then show off your garden to friends and neighbors.

By: Hugh J. Lara

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If you love this article, you will also love another article written by this article's author on fish pond pumps and pond waterfall pumps.

Where To Put Your Water Garden

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Like so many things in life, the location is one of the most important aspects to consider when making any changes. Here are a couple of things to consider when you build your dream water garden:

1. Call Before You Dig
While this one seems obvious, its surprising the number of people who forget to call the appropriate utility companies about phone,gas and power lines, only to accidently cut them. One simple phone call avoids all sorts of problems, ensuring that you wont have to worry about delays to your project and iritate your neighbours when their phone or electricity no longer works.

2. Made In the Shade
Consider the pattern of the sun and its impacts on shadows in your yard. Also, remember that the direction the sun crosses the sky will change between spring and fall. The angle of the sun will dictate what type of shade you need to create, and where to place your trees and water pond. Many plants require 6 hours of direct sunlight.

3. Regional Considerations
What type of weather and soil conditions can you expect in the area you live in? You may find that the type of soil will dictate the types of plants and trees you can use to create your backyard paradise.

4. Existing Structures

Keep in mind existing structures such as trees, fences and patios. Will your plan mean removing trees? Will the design of your artificial water garden compliment your existing back yard, or will further changes have to be made? These considerations may add to the cost of your project. Keep your neighbours informed of your plans. You may find that they are willing to share in the cost of removing that tree or help in rebuilding the new fence.

5. Hows It Flowin?

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Spend time tracking the direction and intensity of water flows that plants need and intensity of that water flow. You may find that some parts of your yard recieve more water than others based on the flow of the water in your yard. You may find that there is a sloping effect in your yard. This will impact your vegetation. Also check for pools of water that gather in certain spots. Raising the level of parts of your yard will ensure that all of your yard recieves the same amount of water.

6. Drawing the line
Remember to respect property codes for your city and wishes of your neighbours. Having an envious neighbour is one thing, violating their rights is another. When in doubt, check it out.

7. Whats the Plan?
Keep the focus of your site in mind throughout all aspects of your yard. Are you building a barrier, an escape from the rest of the city or just looking to make your yard look better for the next owners? This should weight in on all of your decisions.

Before you build your back yard retreat, plan, plan, plan. Remember, there are several factors to consider and the above lucky 7 tips should help you make the perfect water garden yours.

By: Christopher Smith

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Anyone who has seen the magic of an artificial water garden is immediately taken by its beauty and peacefulness. We feature several tips and ideas to transform your yard.

Water Gardens: Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

 

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You might have only dreamt you could have a water garden, perhaps with a luminous fountain. Now you can easily have one purchasing some or all of the materials. It takes planning and effort, but the end result will transform your backyard landscape into a place of serenity and spectacular beauty.

Water Gardens Are Made From Many Things

The sparkle of a stream, the splashing of a fountain, the glimpse of golden fish, the delicate petals of a water lily-all these and more are reasons to add water to your landscape and water garden.

A water garden can be as simple as a wooden tub or as elaborate as a stream with bridges, waterfalls and pools of exotic plants and fish. It can be a formal tiered fountain centered in a patio, or a pool so natural your guests will assume it's always been there. And most water features–no matter what type you choose–are terrific do-it-yourself projects.

Water Gardens Have History

Water gardens were favorites of the Moors, for whom water was a symbol of life and purity. They positioned cooling fountains in the middle of their formal courtyards to signify the primacy of water. Early Asians, too, valued water gardens as an aid to meditation and delighted in breeding rare fish. In ancient times, Chinese nobility would spend their afternoons lolling in small boats on water gardens while servants floated tea-filled cups to them on lily pads. For Renaissance Italians, water was a toy. They loved ornate fountains and whimsical sprays-some designed to squirt unsuspecting strollers-and installed them throughout their estates.

Water Gardens Are Popular Today

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Today, water gardens once again have grown in popularity, even in our humbler yards. Like the gardeners before them, modern homeowners find that water features are beautiful and peaceful additions to the landscape. Unlike the past, today's gardeners have better tools and materials with which to build their water gardens. Flexible and preformed liner materials, for example, have revolutionized garden fountains and scaled down installation.

Water gardening is easier than ever, and even if you're an amateur, building a water garden pond today is limited less by your wallet than it is by your imagination.

By: Elizabeth Jean

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Elizabeth Jean is an outdoor gardening writer and frequent contributor to Garden-Fountains.com, a popular internet destination for water fountains and garden statuary.

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