What should I know before installing a water garden in my backyard?
The phrase “location, location, location” isn’t just for real estate. It’s also the first step in deciding where to build your water garden. Siler suggests staying away from low spots and shady areas. This will prevent leaves and debris from getting caught in the garden, meaning less work for you and your garden’s filter. The next step is to decide your budget.
If you plan to have it professionally installed, Siler advises finding someone experienced. “Make sure they’ve done it before,” Siler says. “Usually professionals will have a portfolio of the gardens they’ve done before, and you’re able to contact previous customers.”
If you decide on DIY, still seek expert advice and not just from your search engine, Siler cautions. “If you’re going to get your information from Googling, just know it’s an opinion, not a fact,” she says. Other things to consider: You’ll need a power and water source to keep equipment, like a water filter and pump, running smoothly. Speaking of which…
What equipment do I need?
Siler encourages first-time water gardeners to work with local specialists to ensure proper equipment is used for the project. First on the to-do list: grab a garden hose and channel your inner Joanna Gaines. Using the long, flexible tube, map out the garden’s design and get an outline that fits the space. Knowing the dimensions will help your specialist establish what size liner you’ll need and how many gallons of water you’ll have in the space. “Everything is based off how many gallons of water will be in your feature,” Siler says. This is especially important to know when choosing the correct pump size and filtration system.
Equally as important is the cleanliness of the water. “If you don’t biologically filter the water, you’ll have a mess on your hands,” Siler says. Adding beneficial bacteria to your water will stabilize the water’s quality, which fluctuates with the presence of fish in your water garden. “All the chemicals are budget-friendly, and the bacteria is conducive to water quality, so you’ll have a happy, healthy, pretty pond,” Siler says.