If you’re looking for unusual ideas for landscaping your backyard pond and don’t want to break your budget, you’ve landed on the right page. Here are five clever tips to get you started.
Use paving stones to build an above ground pond
The beauty of this trick is that it allows you to choose pavers to suit your taste, existing landscaping and budget. Go for slate, terracotta or marble: it doesn’t matter. To make your pond as stable and as attractive as possible, build it next to a wall.
Turn an empty container into a tiny pond
Let your imagination run wild with this one. Pretty much any watertight container can work. Just a few examples to get you thinking are wine barrels, oversized plant pots and spa baths. Keep in mind, though, that if you use a wooden container, you’ll need to line it to prevent the growth of bacteria. Make yours look good with floating flowers, such as lilies. Don’t forget that this option is portable, so you can move your tiny pond around whenever you change your garden design.
Add a seat
This might sound like a simple idea, but it can do wonders. When you add a seat next to a pond, you create a sense of tranquillity and invite visitors to relax for a moment. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on fancy outdoor furniture. Instead, try recycling. For example, cover a milk crate or two with a cushion topped with waterproof material. Alternatively, grab a couple of thick slabs of wood. The less money spent, the more fun you can have with experimenting.
Having a cup of tea while sitting on a garden seat gives you the perfect chance to marvel at your pond and the garden landscaping ideas coming to life.
Build a DIY fountain
Fountains, like seats, don’t have to cost the Earth. Get creative and you can build your own. One easy method involves piling stones. Of course, you’ll need to collect a variety of flat stones of various sizes and shapes. Then, it’s a matter of stacking them, so the water flows over their edges in a series of cascades, as it might in a natural environment. Another DIY option is a flower pot fountain, which is made up of a stack of flower pots. You can do the same with teapots and watering cans.
Get to the water levels right
Backyard ponds are not only beautiful in and of themselves, they are also fantastic because of their power to attract wildlife. If you’d like to see your pond teeming with frogs, birds and butterflies, then it’s important to get the water levels right. Create some shallow areas (around two or three centimetres), which will allow frogs and other creatures to breed. In addition, create spots of at least a metre in depth. Are frogs of particular interest? Give them a shady corner, where they’ll be protected from predators. If it’s birds you’d like to attract, make sure you keep the water clean.
Have you tried any of these ideas? Do you have any others? We’d love to hear them.