A garden can be brought to life with a water feature or pond. Keeping a pond is no more difficult than looking after a traditional lawn or flower garden and can add so much to your outdoor environment.
The way it looks:
Putting in a pond is a way of adding your own style to the garden. It can be a focal point, especially if you include colourful fish or distinctive plants. Complement this with additional features or details such as waterfalls, rock borders or even landscape up to the pond with striking stone or decking for a more contemporary feel. Lighting can also be good for setting the mood, particularly at night.
The way it sounds:
Water being gently pumped around your pond, or trickling from a water feature is not only a good way to make you feel better, it can also create sound masking to help drown out background noises such as traffic or the humdrum of noisy neighbours. Conversely, if you are lucky enough to live in the country, it can enhance the peace and calm of your surroundings. If a water feature has a planted or solid wood backdrop, the plants around it can be a shield and focus or reflect the soothing sound of the water back towards your home.
The way it makes you feel: Eco benefits
Ponds enhance the environment. Having a pond cuts down on the gallons of water used every month to care for lawns and plants. After a pond has initially been filled, it virtually waters itself by re-filling with rainwater. Occasionally, it might need to be topped up or have a partial water change, but ponds rely mostly on natural sources of water to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
A pond can be helpful to nearby plants by offering a self-sustaining cycle of hydration. This helps maintain soil moisture during the hottest days of summer. A pond takes up space in your garden, meaning you need to do less mowing, which in turn lowers the amount of pollutants emitted into the air. This also means fewer pesticides and fertilisers are used for lawn care, which in themselves can be harmful, creating toxic runoff that ends up in our water supply.
Did you know the sludge collected by your pond filter is a natural fertiliser that can be used to feed your landscape? Adding a pond or water garden to your garden can you save money on fertiliser, reduce air pollution, and water toxicity.
Having a pond increases environmental awareness. If you have children or even grandchildren, they could be involved in the process of planning, building, and maintaining a water garden or pond. Not only does it give you something to bond over, it can also help them understand how a natural ecosystem works, highlighting the responsibility we all have for caring for our environment, which can spark their interest or passion in creating a better future for our planet.
Another benefit of a pond is that it indirectly supports wildlife. Ponds provide by offering food, water, shelter, and a place for the breeding of indigenous wildlife like dragonflies, frogs, and birds. If you include some plants that are native to your area in and around your pond, you will be providing the best sources of food and cover for native wildlife.
Top pond dwellers
Common frogs: found in nearly all ponds.
Pond snails: found in in about two-thirds of ponds.
Water beetles: surprisingly, there are 250 freshwater species in the UK.
Zooplankton: 'water fleas' that filter algae from the water.
Damselflies: such as the great red.
Dragonflies: common dragonflies seen in around half of garden ponds.
Greater water boatmen: These boatman feed on algae and dead plant material.
Caddis flies: again over 200 species found in the UK.
Amphibians: Common toads and smooth newts
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