A pond is a great addition to your landscaping design project

One of the most unique features you can incorporate into your landscape design is a garden pond, which contributes aesthetic appeal to your property and could increase its value over the long run. Even in harsh Canadian winters, the right aquatic life or vegetation will survive the colder months and thrive for the remainder of the year.

Once you’ve decided to build a garden pond, two important considerations are location and the type of pond best suited for your existing landscape design. An area in your backyard or other outdoor location that receives a significant amount of sunshine is ideal, though ponds stocked with fish may benefit from an area buffered by shrubs or small trees to protect it in the winter. If you’ve decided aquatic life forms are part of the plan, then the pond will need access to electricity for the proper filtration system.

Types of Ponds

Koi Pond: One of the most common garden ponds that customers ask us to incorporate into their landscape design is a Koi pond. Koi is an ornamental, domesticated version of the common carp, and is ideally suited for ponds in colder climates thanks to its ability to survive a sustained drop in temperature and subsist on aquatic plants that may grow slowly – if at all – during the winter. Be aware, however, that Koi are still carp and are, for the most part, aggressive in how much they eat – whether other Koi, goldfish, or aquatic plants. Therefore, it’s not unusual for homeowners to try to limit the number of Koi that live in a garden pond at any one time. Koi ponds are large, requiring a minimum of 1,000 gallons of water and a depth of between three and five feet, with about 18 inches of that below the frost line.

Water Garden: The second type of pond is a simple water garden, normally stocked with goldfish and hardy aquatic plants. This kind of pond is usually smaller and only needs to be two to three feet deep, with up to 16 inches below the freezing line.

The average homeowner can install a garden pond in a weekend. Regardless of the type of garden pond you want for your landscape design, the pond itself can be purchased pre-formed in a variety of shapes and sizes with the most popular building material being fiberglass. Many homeowners also choose to build a pond using pond underlayment and a rubber pond liner.

Filtration and Electrical Issues

Because garden ponds are landlocked without access to fresh water, they require artificial filtration in the form of filters and pond skimmers, both of which are operated electrically. Filters and pond skimmers can’t be run off an outdoor electrical cord; instead, they need a dedicated power source, so be sure to contact your municipal building department about permits and codes.

A garden pond can add style to any landscape design project and provide years of relaxation and pleasure to homeowners and guests alike. For information on having your garden pond professionally installed or for any question regarding a landscaping project contact Pyramid Contracting today. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation where we meet, discuss your intended project, show you some of our work and provide you with a quote.