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The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed many of us to spend more time at home than we usually do. It has also helped us realize the importance of having a space that is both comfortable and peaceful. You may have looked around your garden and thought of ways you could make it more appealing and calming and settled on a garden pond.
Garden ponds have a unique visual appeal that elevates your backyard. Additionally, the moving water has a calming effect, especially on those busy days. These all contribute to the mental health benefits that you can enjoy by simply spending a few minutes each day sitting in this space.
While it may seem daunting, you can make the perfect pond for your space with a little creativity.
Zen Container Pond
A zen container pond is a perfect way to introduce a pond to your backyard. Its simplicity is unrivaled and can be built in a few hours if you are particularly motivated. This type of pond can even be placed on the patio. It adds the right ambiance for a quiet evening spent outside during the summer with a few lights.
The set up is usually quite simple and only needs a few supplies: a large outdoor water bowl, a few carefully selected rocks, some aquatic plants, and a light. You can buy these supplies at your local market or on a site like Aquatic Ponds that sells aquatic supplies. Fill the bowl with water, add in your rocks, and the plants you selected. Adding a light accentuates the set up especially after twilight.
If you’re a bit more adventurous and want to add a unique touch to your garden, you could opt for a fountain pond. Fountains have been used to add elegance to spaces even across history with the Romans, particularly in Rome. You can choose to build one as the centerpiece of your garden, or any other corner you feel would be elevated by the design.
To set up your own fountain pond, you’ll need some rocks or patio stones, piping, a pump, and a few aquatic plants. Arrange the stones in a stairway fashion to create an elevation. Once you’ve done this, you’ll add a pipe at the highest level of the pond that will feed into a water pump. Placed discretely, you shouldn’t be able to see the pipe at all.
If you’re unsure what pump to get, just explain your concept to the experts at the store. They should be able to direct you to a pump perfect for the pond fountain you’re going for and offer a few additional tips on how to set it all up.
Preformed Garden Pond
If you’re extremely busy or just aren’t incredibly creative, you can spring for a preformed pond. As the name suggests: these are ponds already shaped into appealing designs that you can select from. However, even with a preformed garden pond, it will still fall to you to create the space around it. That will add the much needed personal touch to make it your own.
First, select the space you’d like the pond to go. Once you’ve calculated the pond’s measurements and decided on the shape, you can pick out one that’s to your liking. You’ll need to prepare the space it will go into. You can use sand and rocks to create the perimeter of the pond. Add a few river rocks and aquatic plants to create the perfect setting to have a quiet cup of tea.
The Perfect Garden for You
Having a peaceful space within your home where you can sit and relax is essential. It’s a wonder how a simple garden pond can give you this and more. Check out more creative ideas online and browse home gardening magazines to find unique garden pond designs.