Have you ever thought of adding a water feature or pond to your backyard? There are several ways you can go with this, from a small waterfall or basin water feature, to a larger dug pond, or anything in between. Ponds add a focal point, and they can be a very interesting part of your overall garden.
I am going to do several posts concerning ponds, since there is a ton of information I can share about them. From different sizes, and types of water features, to pond plants and fish. I will try to cover the basics of setting up your pond, and what to do when something goes wrong. Even with several posts I will not share all of the information necessary, there are whole books written on the subject. I will start with several of my favorite books on pond building and maintenance.
The Ponder’s Bible, by Gosta H. Lovgren, if you are a do it yourselfer and would like to know everything about building your own pond, this is a great book.
How to Build Ponds and Waterfalls: The Complete Guide, by Jeffrey Reid is another great comprehensive guide to building your own pond or waterfall.
Outdoor Water Features: 16 Easy-to-Build Projects For Your Yard and Garden, by Alan and Gill Bridgewater has beautiful illustrations, and great design ideas. All of the projects have a great set of instructions that are easy to follow.
Pond Life: Revised and Updated (A Golden Guide from St. Martin’s Press), by George K. Reid will tell you all you need to know about the plant and animal life in your pond. If you really want to learn about ponds in general, and the creatures that live there, this is a great book.
I will try to go into more detail on the different options available for water falls, and ponds in my next post.