For a significant percentage of the water gardening world, this is that time of year when the leaves have fallen, your plants have been pruned back, your pump and filter mats have been lifted out of your pond, cleaned and safely stored away.
Time For Indoor Pondering/Planning
If spring, summer, and fall are the seasons when most pond lovers are actively working or playing in their pond instead of on their pond, then winter is the time of year when many of them sit back, most likely from an easy chair alongside a window in their home, and think about the kinds of things they can do next season to transform their own beautiful aquatic paradise from its current level of perfection to another, even more perfect level of existence.
Size Counts in the World of Water Gardening
The possibilities are actually infinite, but the first thought for many pond owners is increasing the size of their pond. According to Aquascape’s chief sustainability officer and master pond builder, Ed Beaulieu, “The most common pond owner complaint about their existing pond is that it’s too small. As a matter of fact, industry statistics show that, on average, water gardening lovers will have three different ponds in their lifetime, each one being larger than the next.”
If this sounds like you and your pond, the initial question has to be, is there enough room in your yard to expand? If so, you can mentally explore the possibilities of pond expansion in your imagination, then you can decide in advance, where you can excavate in order to make an expansion possible. You’ll also need to consider the increased volume of water that will need to be circulated and filtered, and how that will affect your current pump size and filtering system. But in the water gardening world, most enthusiasts agree that bigger is always better, and bigger always requires planning.
Additional Waterfalls & Streams
What if your pond is about as big as your yard will allow? What else can you do to improve the water garden that has become such a centerpiece of your home life? Think about this. The part of your pond that will always get the most attention is the waterfall and stream. They constitute the part of your pond that requires an artistic touch in order to maximize the look and the feel of your water garden.
As a matter of fact, for professional builders, it’s usually their ability to create a beautiful waterfalls and stream that separates the Van Gogh’s and the Monet’s from all the rest. So do you want to rework your current waterfall and stream to make them look more natural, or would you prefer to add another waterfall or stream in order to make things more interesting, more seductive, and just a little bit closer to perfection?
The Magic and Romance of Underwater Lights
Reworking the Pond's Edges
Oftentimes it’s just a matter of exchanging a few of the smaller boulders with larger and more interesting character rocks, giving the pond a far more natural appearance. Adding larger boulders to the pond’s edge may require a small amount of digging to accommodate their larger size. The goal of any good pond installer is to make the pond look like Mother Nature built it over the last millennium, and simply reworking the pond’s edges can easily do the trick.
Built-In Protection for Your Fish
Fish are very resourceful creatures, and if given a place to duck and hide from the sunshine or a hungry predator, they will do so. But they must have a place to go. Installing a fish cave can be as simple as placing a section of plastic pipe on the bottom of the pond and covering it with rock and gravel. Make sure to leave the ends of the pipe open so the fish can swim on through the cave if they choose to. The rock covering may require a little stronger back, depending on the size of the rock or boulder you’re placing, but the effect is the same for the fish. It affords them a little protection that they would otherwise lack.
Keeping Plants in Check
Simple to Elaborate
Pondering is Friendly to Change
Whatever you do, it first has to meet your standards, and help you and your family enjoy and appreciate your pond more than you did before. Once that hurdle is jumped, you may be tempted to do a little market survey among your friends and neighbors, asking for their reactions to your new addition, knowing full well that next season you may change your mind and do something totally different. The pondering lifestyle is friendly to change, and it’s always growing and maturing.
Dreaming of Spring So while Mother Nature has decided that you’re going to stay inside for a while, these are a few ideas and suggestions that you can dream about while you’re waiting for spring to arrive. And when spring finally comes a knockin’ at your door, you will have had time to allow your ideas to adequately percolate through your thinking process, to evolve, and to develop, allowing you to take the appropriate action when the right time comes.
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