Personalize With Pond Accessories
Once you have build your basic pond, you will most likely want to personalize it so that it will become a reflection of you rather than look exactly like others. If you have used a kit, this will be even more likely. Pond accessories abound to help with both maintenance and personalization. Read on to discover some additional things you may want to add to your backyard pond.
This device works with your pump to eliminate leaves and other trash from the surface of your pond. This can be done manually, but a skimmer does this consistently, eliminating extra maintenance time. View pond skimmers
A pond spitter is a statue that draws in water from the pond and “spits” it back out. These come in various shapes such as frogs, angels or dolphins. These and other kinds of fountains add a decorative touch to your pond. View pond spitters
Plants and fish
The fish most often found in backyard ponds are koi. They look like large goldfish and are hardy enough to withstand winters outdoors if the pond is deep enough. Some people add special decorative goldfish to their outdoor ponds. These are specially bred goldfish that come in a variety of colors.
Many plants can thrive on only water. The most common of these plants is the water lily, but a little research will show that the varieties of plants in this category are too numerous for the scope of this article. Both plants and fish can occupy the same pond, but you need to be careful, as some types of plants are poisonous to koi.
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.
Candles are another pond accessory that adds a touch or romance to your pond. There are floating candles made special for backyard ponds. These are lit and allowed to float, casting a glow on the surrounding area.
There are various types of lighting available for backyard ponds. These can run on electricity or be solar powered. Solar powered pond accessories take in the light during the day and cast a soft glow at night. If you do not wish to use solar powered lighting, you can set electrical lights on a timer so that your pond remains lit throughout the evening or night hours. View pond lights
These are just a few of the many pond accessories you will find available. A backyard pond can include as few or as many as you wish. The choice is entirely up to you.