Escape....in your own private Oasis
pond is an investment in the creation of an oasis or paradise in your own garden.
place to relax and recoup. To escape
from the pressures of the world that surrounds you.
the cost of your last holiday. What did
you get from it?
opportunity to unwind and relax.
this experience into your own backyard.
The 3 most important decisions, before
building large ponds....
building large ponds you need to decide on the style,
location and size.
Pond style...life style
decision should be based on your life style and how your water garden will
complement it. As well as your dreams or
vision of the landscape that surrounds you.
will often be dictated by the buildings and other structures in the landscape. It is also far easier to work with the
natural fall in the land than to work against it. Use what you have available and then plan the
water garden so that it complements your style.
What is the best
people start out small. As they gain the
experience and joy of choosing new plants, or adding new fish to their hobby,
it seems that it is never enough. They end
up replacing their original pond with one or more large
rule of thumb, a 3 x 4m pond is a good starter size to create a balanced
ecosystem. Lay out a length of garden
hose on the ground and try out various shapes and sizes, so that you can
visualise your pond more easily.
planning a pond to complement your landscape, you should consider building the
biggest water feature that will fit your landscape and your budget.
or adding to a pond in the future is a real challenge.
What are the benefits of large ponds?
- More appealing to look at. The scale of any design affects the WOW
- A more stable temperature. The larger the volume of water, the longer
that it takes to heat up and cool down. All aquatic life vary in their ability to
tolerate the changes. Sudden changes in
temperatures can even kill.
- Improved water quality. In large ponds, the volume of water is better able to
buffer any changes to the water chemistry.
- Balanced ecosystem. A greater amount of life can be sustained in large ponds.
There is also the opportunity for greater biodiversity and this in turn helps
to support the environment both within and outside the pond.
- Low maintenance. Relative to their size, large ponds take less work to maintain than smaller
ones. That is to say, that if you
doubled the size of your pond, you would not double your work load to maintain
ponds tend to be more self-sustaining because they are less susceptible
to minor changes in their environment.
- Greater tolerance to water loss. Large ponds do
not heat up as quickly and so evapouration is reduced. The other advantages are that if the water
levels did drop a few centimetres, then it is not only less noticeable, but
also has less impact on the pond life. A
smaller pond may become significantly reduced in size, plants may become
exposed and the fish may become concentrated in a smaller pond volume. This could lead to poor water quality and
unhealthy pond conditions.
I want to build my own pond, but large
ponds seem too hard....
Most people can build a small pond with
relative ease. The trick building large ponds is to pay someone else to do the hard
work. Many landscape contractors are
willing to do the digging for you and then (if you wish) allow you to finish
off. A mini excavator is the solution to
the back breaking hand shovelling in many pond constructions. The time that is saved, can easily make up
for the cost.
Once the overall shape has been
established. The more satisfying tasks
like sculpting the plant ledges, finishing off the pond edges and levelling out
the pond base can be tackled by shovel.
So you won't miss out.
Large ponds can replace rain water tanks.
Large ponds can also serve as water storages for the rest of the
garden. Why try to store water in ugly
water tanks when you could store it in a beautifully landscaped pond? In urban landscapes, the rain water can be
collected from the roof and diverted into lovely rain gardens that can filter
the water and then flow into large ponds. These water storages can help support the
other plants in your garden and can also serve as your own backup water supply
in case of fire.
Farm dams benefit from water plants
Dams can be landscaped, while still maintaining
their intended purpose, to store water. They
can become habitats for wildlife, a haven for fish stocks or even be used to
produce food crops.
Plants play an important
role in improving the health in the dam, through filtration, improving clarity
and reducing algae. Water loss through
evapouration can be reduced through introducing plants to shade the water,
reducing the water temperature, and by slowing the air flow/wind over the
Fencing off farm dams to
prevent stock access can actually help to improve the precious water resource. The stock benefit from the pristine waters
being pumped away, through pipes to clean drinking troughs, away from where
they could pollute the waters.
A dam is no different to
any other pond or wetland. If you upset
the ecological balance, you affect the lives of all that relies upon it.
- To choose your own selection of plants refer
our Zone Map page
- For plant selection lists suitable for
habitats, refer to our Australian Native Plants page
- For information on the plant care and
maintenance of aquatic plants, go to our Tips
& Hints page.
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locator to contact your nearest garden centre, to place an order.