Why a Pond? The Benefits of Having a Pond
If you’re considering building a pond in your backyard, it means that you’ve already taken some interest in the landscaping of your backyard. To make the final decision as to whether or not you’re ready for a pond, there are some things to consider.
As with any project you start, there is going to be some on-going maintenance and upkeep required. When you’re considering a pond, you have to determine whether or not you have the time to devote to this project. For the beginning installation of a preformed pond, you’ll need at LEAST one day. You’re better off allowing yourself a whole weekend in case something alters your plan slightly. For general upkeep, a few hours a week (ie. a Sunday afternoon) would suffice. When considering the amount of time you have to devote to this, it won’t be something you know until the pond has been installed and functioning for a few months. This is when you’ll learn what maintenance is required.
Of course everyone would like to have a pond, but do you have the space to dedicate to it? In some small yards, a pond can take up half of it, leaving you an even smaller area to actually appreciate the pond in. If you don’t have enough space in the yard after the installation to spend any time in the yard, maybe it’s not worth it.
We’ve discussed the amount of time and space you have at your disposal, but you should also consider the amount of effort you’re willing to put into the project. If you don’t want to have to do much after the installation, a preformed pond kit or water garden may not be for you. If you would prefer a water feature with very little maintenance a great option is garden fountains.
Prevent Runoff by using plants that cover the entire ground surface. Runoff can carry harmful chemicals, pesticides and excessive amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen into waterways.
So, is a pond right for you?
Consider the amount of time, space, and effort you’re willing to dedicate to this project, and it will help you determine whether a pond is right for you. If you’ve decided that you’re willing to take these factors into consideration, it’s time to consider the benefits of adding a pond to your backyard. What are they? Is a pond really worth the effort?
Building a pond in your yard creates variety. Not only are you getting a different experience by welcome new plants and wildlife into your yard, but you are also going to learn new things about the environment, and experience it all up close and personal.
One thing that few people in this world have is a sanctuary - a safe place to hide from the rest of the world. By building a pond in your yard, you are building your own relaxing place. Listening to the running water can be soothing and relaxing, and learning about nature through the plants and animals you include can be an invigorating experience.