Backyard Garden Pond

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Pond Factors

Your backyard garden pond may be a feature you absolutely obsess about, or it could just be something you want to create one time so that you can simply sit back and enjoy it. Whichever of the two categories you fall into, chances are it's going to cost you quite a bit to set it up so you want to make sure the bits and pieces that go together to make up your backyard garden pond are going to last and give you good service.

To begin with, think carefully about the construction of your backyard garden pond. If you have kids, you don't want it too deep. But on the other hand, if it's less than 30 inches deep, then you have to factor in another 25 percent of effective pond volume when it comes to choosing pumps and filters. Whatever you choose is OK, of course, but just make sure that you factor in all the variables so that your machinery is right for the effective volume of your particular backyard garden pond.

Estimating the Real Volume of Your Backyard Garden Pond

Other factors that will affect the resulting effective volume will include the climate you live in, how much sun the pond gets daily (can be anything from complete shade to full sun all day), and even how much pond life you have. The right aquatic plants can actually reduce the effective volume of your pond, as will the climate if you live in a cold area. But heat and fish will increase the ratio.

Of course, choosing your fish and aquatic plants will be a lot more fun than the machines you'll need, but getting the right equipment will mean that you can actually enjoy your backyard garden pond instead of coming to regard it as something of a trial. So it is important that you do a little reading early on in the game so you make the right choices here.


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