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DIY Water Garden

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 in Water Gardens

Water gardens were probably inspired by Japanese or Asian culture, where the garden plays an important role in the human habitat. Surrounding yourself by nature’s elements in a controlled way can no only give rise to artistic sentiments, but it can bring about peace and relaxation. Today we are going to talk about DIY water garden and we’re going to give you a few tips about how to create your own unique designs and plant arrangements. To begin with, you should know that there are multiple types of water gardens, and that there are no specific rules that you have to obey. A water garden can have all sizes; it can be as small as a plant pot, or as large as a pond, or lake.

As far as a DIY water feature is concerned, you have to begin by considering the space at your disposal; if you have a small yard, perhaps you shouldn’t complicate yourself with an in-ground water garden and go for one in a container. A similar idea can be applied to winter gardens or greenhouses. Next, you need to think about whether you want a powered water garden or a simple one, based on the idea of lakes; a water garden is almost like a fish tank, so the water needs to be oxygenated and filtered in order to keep the plants healthy. Moreover, a water garden can contain fish as well, if space and budget allow it. If you’ve decided to have a dynamic water feature, where the water flows or simulates a cascade, then you need to find out how to connect it to the water pipes in your home and even to electricity. Involving some professionals may be required if you want to avoid mishaps.

When you’ve thought of a design and a size for your DIY water garden, it’s time to make all the right connections underground; for this, you should also find out where the main pipes of water, gas or electricity are, so you don’t unearth them by mistake, or damage them with the tools. After you’ve dug your pond, insulate it so the water won’t pour out, or add one of those special shelves (that look like a bathtub) which you can find in specialized stores. If you’re a practical person, you can even use a normal tub that you have laying around, or some other container that can serve the same purpose.

Hide the tub in the ground well, and cover it with sand, so only its shape remains visible; you can make it look even more natural by surrounding it with rocks, and if you want to create the image of a river sprouting out of a mountain, stack the rocks to cover the pipe which will make the water flow. The only thing that remains to be done now on your DIY water feature are the plants, which have to be chosen accordingly. The plants and flowers at the edges of the pond can be normal garden plants, but the ones which will rest in the pond have to be special water plants; you will have to do some research in that department and see which types of plants usually grow and thrive in water, and only afterwards find out which are available to you locally. Moreover, you might be interested in finding a winter flower as well, or some plants which are evergreens, so your water garden looks good and pleasant during the cold season as well. The trouble with water gardens is that during winter they can look a bit desolate, especially if you have to turn off the water due to low temperatures, so a winter flower can make a lot of difference.

Nevertheless, if you’re willing to invest in your DIY water garden, you can probably order any kinds of plants online, as long as you make sure they can survive in you climate. If you want to make a smaller water garden, then you can simply take a very large plant pot, a water fountain, or basically any kind of innovative container and turn it into a small garden. In fact, you can employ all sorts of tricks, such as making it part-water garden, part normal garden; you just have to separate one side of the pot with something that doesn’t allow water in and fill it with soil almost to the top. The other side will be filled with sand and mostly water, and it will hold your water plants, whereas this one will hold whatever flower you feel complete your arrangement.

We haven’t discussed in detail the kind of plants a water garden should have, but we will come back with another article focused on the subject; finally, we recommend that you be patient with your project and look for inspiration before deciding on one design. The internet is filled with ideas on the subject, and photographs like the ones we chose can speak more than words.