IT’S EASY TO BUILD A BEAUTIFUL, LOW MAINTENANCE WATER FEATURE...
All you need is a pond liner and either a hole in the ground or an above ground container which can be lined with the material and contain water. The location, size, shape and depth of your pond are all important things to consider before you start digging. For example, a pond that is to be primarily enjoyed as a lilypond or water garden has much different requirements than a pond to be used primarily for koi fish. We recommend you make the pond as large as the chosen area will allow. Most of our customers wish their ponds were larger... keep this in mind when you start. Don’t get ridiculous of course, but whatever part of your yard you have decided to devote to the pond, make it as large as the area will allow for. Be sure to leave room for landscaping and ensure there is access around the pond for maintenance. If you do not know where your utility lines are it is a good idea to call your utility companies, or visit their websites and request a “blue stake” of the property you plan to excavate. This service is usually provided free of charge and it can avoid a real nightmare of hitting an electric, gas or data line buried underground.
IN THE GROUND or ABOVE THE GROUND - As a rule, we recommend in-ground ponds. The most important reason for this is the fact that an in-ground pond is insulated by the earth and temperatures are more constant. Above ground ponds in full sun will often get too warm in hot climates and fill freeze solid in the coldest regions. In milder climates temperature fluctuation are not If you choose to go above-ground, you can insulate the walls with Styrofoam or other insulators. The walls of an above-ground pond must be very strong to hold the water in as force will be pushing on all sides once the pond fills. The more water in the pond, and the deeper the water, the more outward force will be directed on the walls of an above ground pond. Boards, landscaping timbers and railroad ties all work well for above ground ponds. Concrete or cement block reinforced with rebar is the best choice, especially for large and permanent applications.
WATER GARDEN or KOI POND - A Water Garden as the name would indicate is a garden in the water. This type of pond is usually the primary focus point of the rest of the garden. Aquatic plants abound throughout the garden and the pond displays interest all year long. This type of pond is always beautiful and forever changing beginning again every spring as the waterlilies begin to bloom under dazzling Louisiana irises all surrounded by the other signs of spring in your garden. Although plants may cover 70% or more of the pond surface in the summertime, a healthy water garden is teaming with goldfish and other animal life like snails and tadpoles. While this environment is not ideal for large koi, goldfish thrive! Many strains of goldfish like the Sarasa Comet and Shubunkin are not only colored very much like koi but they can grow to be quite large (18 inches +) Goldfish do very well in a properly planted water garden without the need for aeration and filtration systems associated with koi ponds. The pond water in properly stocked (plants, fish and scavengers) water gardens will achieve an ecological balance, resulting in crystal clear oxygenated water... naturally without the use of filters, gadgets or chemicals. It must be kept in mind that a healthy pond is not free of algae and this natural balance is usually preceded by a period of green water while this biological and chemical change occurs.