Starting out with a Small Water Garden in your Backyard

When diving into new things such as a hobby, it is always best to start out small. By doing so one will be able to build proper experience and knowledge from the most basic things up allowing bigger endeavors to be tackled with ease. Starting out big without proper experience and knowledge can easily overwhelm anyone and also brings about certain risks. This applies to the creation of water gardens. Water gardens or ponds are beautiful fixtures that have gained a lot of popularity for their magnificent look that embodies the elements of nature.

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Many people today have a water garden on their property which really boosts its value. With how beautiful water gardens look it’s no surprise that a lot of people want to set one up in their backyard. However, it is important to know that setting up a water garden can take a considerable amount of effort and proper planning to accomplish which can overwhelm anyone. If you want to build a pond or water garden in your backyard and you haven’t done so before, you should start out small before moving on to a bigger project.

Today, we will take a look at how you can build a small water garden to help you get a proper idea of the components, planning, and effort involved.

First, you will need to think about the container that you are going to use. Since this is only going to be a small project you obviously will only choose a small container that is convenient enough for you to work with. Clear glass would be a good choice of material since it allows you to observe the water garden from top to bottom which includes underwater. Another popular choice would be a clay serving bowl which really gives an antique feel to the whole set up.

Once you have chosen a container, you will want to think about what you are going to fill it with apart from the water. Any water garden should have aquatic plants in it because after all, it is a garden. Aquatic plants are what gives life to a pond and having a variety can really be great for the look of the garden. By mixing up different kinds of aquatic plants you will be able to maximize visual interest. A few examples of aquatic plants that you can add to your small water garden are the following:

  • Water lily
  • Blood grass
  • Lotus
  • Water hyacinth

Before you add in the plants to your water garden, you first need to add the substrate to the container which is half filled. At this point, you will want to take the semi-aquatic plants that you have and anchor them down by securing the roots to the bottom of the container with smooth pebbles or marbles. You can also make use of heavy clay soil provided it is topped off with gravel. Make sure that the level of water in your water garden is enough to keep the plants healthy.