How To Do Pond Landscaping
Doing pond landscaping can be quite a challenge. If
you've got a natural or man-made pond in your yard, there's no reason to
let the natural resource sit there like some depression that filled in
with rainwater. Many ponds seem to only be sitting in the middle of a
grass lawn, looking terribly lonely and bare.
These days, pond landscaping is becoming more and more popular, with
beautiful, natural-looking materials that can enhance your backyard area
and make it more attractive and pleasing to the eye. You can make that
pond look great, and turn it into a water feature that will only enhance
your backyard. Spruce up that waterhole and turn it into a pond
landscaping project - the results will be sure to draw you outside just
to admire your own handiwork!
You're going to have to make sure that the ground around your pond area
is solid and stable. Pond landscaping will require you to plant some
greenery and add stones to spruce up the area, so you want to make sure
that the first rainfall won't sweep your hard work into the water.
Adding clay to the loose ground can help to keep the pond water from
making the shore soft, and it will also give you a good ground base to
work with. One possibility to consider for your pond landscaping project
is building retaining walls around the edges of the bank, or even ones
that go straight into the water, and you'll be able to fill the space
with good topsoil and compost for plants without fear that the earth
will be washed back into the pond.
Designing The Look Of Your Pond Landscaping
Do visit other natural water areas such as natural ponds in the woods,
or lakes and marshes. Bring along a camera, because the reason for your
visit is to try and see how nature does its own pond landscaping. Pay
attention to the slopes of the banks or how rocks can make the shoreline
more attractive. Figure out if you prefer areas with tall grasses that
grow directly in the water or ground-covering plants that creep down to
the edge of the pond or lake. Do you like driftwood cast up on the
shore, or small piles of stones that have eroded and scattered down with
the weather? Take lots of pictures and bring them home to see what sort
of look you'd like to achieve for your own pond landscaping project.
Try to map out your pond landscaping project on paper. Draw the shape
you'd like it to be and write in where you want plants and stones to go.
You'll probably need to alter the shape of your existing pond by adding
curves to the shoreline, or filling in places with clay and earth or
stones. No matter what you do, always keep in mind that you're aiming
for a natural look, as anything else will make your pond landscaping
stick out like a sore thumb. Visit greenhouses to discuss what types of
plants match your image of the perfect pond landscaping project, and
make sure to ask about heights, maintenance and spread.
You don't want to buy a plant that will choke out your pond in a few
years. Use your pictures to show salespeople what you're looking for,
and don't be afraid to ask questions. With all your good planning,
you'll soon be out there doing some pretty nice pond landscaping!