In this day and age, many homeowners are looking for something unique for their homes. Of course, many of us stick to the tried and true renovation targets, including the kitchen, bathroom, and so on—but have you ever thought about your own backyard?
Landscaping is certainly one option for the backyard garden, but how about installing a garden pond? Not only will it look great, but it will really enhance the overall feel of the garden, making it a real personal sanctuary and place of relaxation. Not only this, but it also offers the following benefits:
Environmental: In an age where so many animal species are facing extinction on a daily basis, you can do your bit to help by having a garden pond installed. As a constant source of water and food for aquatic life, amphibians, and other species, a garden pond can become a valuable haven for many local animals and insects.
Educational: If you have children, a garden pond presents the opportunity to teach them about the cycle of life. The production of food, the spawning of frogs, and the way that animals behave becomes a great teaching moment for children of all ages to witness and learn about the cycle of life.
Food and water: Your garden pond can be a valuable source of water and food for the entire year for many animal and insect species. Not only this, but the organic waste and detritus that builds up in and around your pond can be used as a fantastic garden fertiliser. In this way, a pond presents a valuable source of nutrients for the rest of your garden and even permaculture.
Installing a Pond Pump and Filter
Whatever size of pond you have, it is important to ensure that it is healthy. If too much organic waste builds up in the waterways, it can remove oxygen from the water and choke aquatic wildlife. Furthermore, a pond that has no filter or has an inadequate one installed can become stagnant and toxic to animals and insects.
A good pond filter keeps the water moving, oxygenates it through the constant movement, and also filters out the larger organic waste. Whilst decorative items such as rocks and fountains look great, a pond filter and pump is essential for the ongoing health of the waterways. If you do have a garden pond, you’re probably asking yourself the following question: where should I place a pump in my pond?
First of all, you should always buy the right size pump and filter for your pond. It should be a high quality model that is reliable and will keep your waterways healthy throughout the entire year.
Once you have a suitable unit, always ensure that the pump is placed at one end of the pond, and the filter at the other end. Many people put the pump at the bottom of the pond out of sight so it will not be the main attraction. It is connected to the filter via hoses, and during normal operation the water is pumped through the filter and re-circulated back into the pond as clean water.
Enjoy Your Garden Pond
Installing a pump and filter is not too difficult as long as you understand where to place them and what their purpose is. Always ensure that you invest in a high quality unit from a reliable supplier, and always ensure that you buy the right size!