Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Water Gardens

A water garden is a great way to add a relaxing atmosphere to your backyard. The sound of running water, fragrance of a water lily or the contrasting foliage of water plants. The attraction of wildlife such as birds, toads, dragonflies and butterflies are also a site to see.It makes for a beautiful get away in your own yard to sit, relax and watch natures beauty.

There are many ways you can create a water garden. The most popular are built with a plastic liner. These liners comes in PVC, Butyl Rubber, or Polyethylene materials and are safe for fish and plants. There are a various thicknesses that range from 20 - 45 mils and usually have a life span of anywhere from 10-20 years.

When you are shopping for a liners, avoid ones that have been treated with an algicide inhibitor. These inhibitors can be harmful to the natural plant and animal balance that occurs in a water garden pond.

Other types of water garden ponds that can be purchased as a kit are prefabricated fiberglass ponds. These can be considerably more expensive.Then there is the concrete installed ponds.They come in may different designs and can also be custom made just to your personal preference. Due to the amount of concrete mix and reinforcement needed to avoid cracking, these are usually ponds that are hired out to a professional contractor.

You can design your own pond and build it from just about any type of tub formed item that you have available. Old bathtubs, watering troughs from farm animals, etc. Let your imagination take it's course and see what you can design.

It is a great do-it-yourself project that can usually be done in one weekend, depending on the size and how creative you want to get. The ideas are endless, fountains, waterfalls, lights and plants can be incorporated in your design. Water is the most magical feature of a water garden.The rewards are great. It can also boost the value of your property.

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