Water Gardens

Attract Birds and Other Wildlife to Your Yard.

Water Gardens, soothing, relaxing and should I mention, they attract birds and other wildlife.

It's the fastest growing form of gardening these days. Why not add a special feature to your landscape.

As more people are staying home in these hurried times we live in, they are fixing up the yard and adding features to give it a more natural look and feel. Some call it a park setting.

We add shrubs and flowers. We plant trees and shrink the grass part of our yards. Why not, maintaining a green lawn is time consuming and costs us money in fertilizers, lawn mowers and water.

Turn a portion of your yard into a water garden.

Not only will you enjoy the sights and sounds, but wildlife does as well.

You will attract dragonflies, birds, frogs and maybe a turtle. Add some fish if you want to.

Can you see the real frog sitting on the lap of the concrete frog?

This is at our little pond.

One of three species of frog that adopted our little suburban pond.

Don't ask me where they came from.

Throughout spring and summer we have all kinds of visitors to our suburban yard.

Water helps attract many of them.

Your feature can vary in size and expense. Be sure to stay within your budget.

Many people place it close to their favorite sitting spot. That could be your deck or in your flower garden.

If you are growing aquatic plants, make sure it gets mostly sun. Besides, placing it under a tree only adds to clean up with falling leafs and twigs.

A proper water garden in time will find its own balance. Be patient and don't clean it every time you see a bit of algae growing. Look at nature, you will see algae growing naturally.

It takes time to find that balance of good bacteria, oxygen and PH balance.

Every time you decide to clean, you destroy the balance. Just let thing be for a couple of years.

Ponding is a bit of a science in this regard. There are chemicals and good bacteria you can purchase.

You can add a bio-filter to filter out the bad guys and you can even add a UV filter that helps to kill of algae as it runs through.

A filter needs to be cleaned every so often. How often depends on your system. By that I mean what kind and the quality.

The important thing is to let nature take its course.

A water garden can be as small as a bucket or on a grand scale costing 10's of thousands of dollars. It can be as simple in nature as a little puddle or several feet deep in spots so you can have fish.

It can be a preformed liner or flexible vinyl that you shape to your design.

Pumps come in various shapes and designs. Look for a pump that meets or preferably exceeds your needs. Remember, it is always better to have more power.

Look for a pump that offers at least a two year guarantee, this is a must.

Be sure your puddle or pond has some shallow edges to allow wildlife to drink and bathe.

If you add fish, oxygen levels are important. Have a bubbler, fountain or waterfall. The splashing water puts oxygen back into the water.

Look for plants called oxygenate the water. These plants eat up nutrients that bacteria and algae thrive on.

To minimize algae, a pond surface should be at least three quarters covered with plant growth (lilies etc.).

I know, it sounds like a lot of work and it can be if you mess with it to much. A good idea is to read up on ponds before you build your water garden. There are volumes of books out there pick up one or two and read it before you start.

Many people, myself included learned the hard way. With out a clue, we jumped in with both feet and our eyes closed.

You are too smart for that. however. I know you will research matters before you jump in.

A water garden has much to offer.

There is to much to ignore.

You want wildlife, add water to your gardens.

It doesn't have to be a water garden.

The picture to the right is our little pond.

We had a dead area between the deck and wheel chair ramp, so several years ago we put this in.

I would do things different and better next time around.

It's not running, but there is a spray head sticking above the water and the right corner is a waterfall.

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