Water gardens are a wonderful addition to anyone’s garden and a great way to appreciate nature. Water gardens have been a part of gardens worldwide for centuries and are now becoming more popular in small mini version such as barrel water gardens and old tubs placed into the garden landscape.
Water gardens come to life when surrounded with aquatic plants and fish. Feng Shui enthusiast love to place these gardens outside their home entrance for good luck and increased prosperity.
This style of garden does need regular attention and performs well in an oxygenated environment. Plants need to be secured firmly in containers, and can be held down with bricks below the water’s surface.
Tip: Don’t worry if the leaves of the plants are below the surface after planting, they will grow up to the surface in a couple of days.
The water garden is also attended by frogs, birds and native animals, so it is wise to make it safe for all. You can provide a small step for frogs to climb out, and near the garden small treeS will provide security for native birds when hunted or startled. It really is a wonder of life to see native wildlife enjoying youR water garden as much as you do.
Tip:You will need to feed your water lilies and aquatic plants so we recommended you purchase Aquatic plant food that is sold in pellets. These can be directly inserted into the soil or containers every month during the warmer months.
A Water Garden and its Fish
Fish unlike plants require a lot more care. All fish release waste into their water from the foods they digest. Fish pond filters are recommended to make sure water gardens remain clean and healthy for you and the pond fish. Keeping your water gardens highly oxygenated is a great start. A small solar pump can provide this!
Floating plants such as Lilies provide the pond not only with oxygen but give the fish shelter from the hot sun and predators above. Fish can die off quickly if they are stressed.
Remove dead flowers and leaves regularly to stop the water garden from becoming polluted and overcrowded. Also, thinning of certain species of plants may have to be done regularly to stop the water garden from being overcrowded. The perfect balance is one half leaf coverage in small water gardens, such as barrels and containers.
Water Gardens for Kids
Container water gardens are also a great way to teach your children about nature about and can be a fantastic starter pond for young children interested in water and gardening. Always keep your pond and water garden fenced off to protect young children and toddlers.
Prices for prefabricated water gardens vary from place to place and installing them yourself can be quite simple if you are handy in the garden. You may also want to consider for the children a small mini water garden on the patio, veranda or balcony in a nice sunny position away from cool draughts.
Basically any container with a wide brim will do just fine. Old barrels (wine barrels) are getting harder to come by, but you may just get lucky if you are looking for that rustic look and feel.
Simply water gardens are wonderful in any garden large or small, and the reflective qualities on a sunny day just can’t be beaten. And, yes, if you are a Feng Shui enthusiast I hope your water garden brings you much happiness and prosperity.
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