Creating and building your own personal water garden can be a fun do it yourself project. With the many options for the backyard, gardens and patios are among the top choices. Building a water garden can provide a relaxing atmosphere for you, your family and friends to go and relax in your own backyard.
Planning is very important when you decide to take on the project of building a water garden. The type of water garden you want, do you want a waterfall to create the sound of running water or a garden that you can have fish and plants in. Your imagination is the limit when creating a water garden and there are several methods that can be used.
Container water gardens are becoming a more popular. They are a good choice if your have a limited space to work with. They need a sunny location and can range in size from a small container that hold only a gallon or two of water to larger containers like a tub that will hold several gallons of water. If you are planning on building your water garden on a deck, make sure that you research and check with your local building department if the structure is strong enough to handle the weight of the garden. Decks are rated for a specific weight and serious damage can happen to the structure, even injury. Container water gardens have an advantage, they are easy to build, and easy to maintain.
Raised gardens are another option, they are easy to build but require some masonry skills. These gardens are usually built of concrete blocks, bricks or stone and can be built to a height that is comfortable for your personal needs. They have there advantages, the water temperature in this type of pond stay’s more stable for fish than a container water garden and they are easy to maintain.
A dug water garden with a liner is one that requires a lot of labor to build, digging and the placement of a flexible or preformed liner once the hole is dug. They are a water garden that you can get real creative with, like creating a natural looking or feeling environment. Stone can be placed around it to create a stream waterfall or just to add accent. They are a garden that can be well suited for both fish and aquatic plants, along with having the advantage of incorporating a bog type garden to attract wildlife like butterflies, dragonflies, frogs and birds.
Your imagination is the limit when it comes to have creative you want to be with your water garden. You can add a waterfall that runs into your pond, you can add cascading water features with a series of waterfalls that run over rocks into other small pools before running into your main pond and you can add lighting.
Get creative and start planning your backyard water garden and you can have your own relaxing oasis in your own backyard to enjoy.