Being around the water offers allure and beauty, which is why waterfront homes are
admired by many. Your own backyard can be alive with the visual appeal and sounds of
water in motion. These soothing sounds and the beauty of colorful fish swimming among
your plants, brings your landscaping alive. It's fun to create this attractive feature and it will
become the centerpiece of your backyard.
Before we get started I would like to answer some frequently asked questions about
• Will the winter cold kill my fish? Most fish will naturally stop eating and hibernate
at the bottom of the pond when the temperature of the water goes below 45
degrees. If you live in a climate where the pond will completely freeze over (even
at the edges) you will need to create a hole in the ice for the fish to remain alive.
• Will the winter cold kill my plants? Yes, if it goes below freezing in your area.
Bring plants inside for the winter months.
• Do I need to filter the water? That will depend on your climate and the design of
your system. Ask a local dealer his recommendations for your geographical area
concerning filtration. (look up in the Yellow Pages under ponds or water gardening)
The action of water moving provides some natural filtration, so sometimes you can
get away with only a fountain or waterfall. There are biological filters and cartridge
filters available from pond supply outlets. We have provided links below to 3 sites
that offer products, services and advice for building backyard water gardens.
Water Gardening and Pond Supply :
Step 1. Educate yourself so you can make intelligent decisions. Learn about water
gardening in your part of the country. Visit retail stores, shop out of a catalog click on the
website links above. Determine the answer to such questions as, will I use a flexible liner or
pre-formed shell...The location of my pond should take into account such things as
availability of electricity...will I have a water