Another way to bring peace to your surrounding environment is by building an aquatic garden or water garden. The greens and water have a refreshing and peaceful vibe spreading around. To make it more appealing in your eyes, there should be certain arrangements to make the garden suit your style. Yet, before going further about the water garden styles, here are several steps to do in making a water garden:
Measure the right size and location
Find a strategic position that is near water resources or at least has easy access to water like having buried hoses. Watch out for big trees nearby as their fallen leaves could make the pond dirty faster. Consider also the sunlight intensity as there are water plants that need or avoid direct rays. When the perfect spot is found, make a suitable measurement for the pond like the structure and shape.
Get to know the components and ornaments
A sophisticated water garden requires different types of elements, but the basic one should include at least a pond, water, aquatic plants. Additional ornaments like fountains, cataracts, statues, containers, pebbles, stepping stones, and other accessories are welcomed. Then identify the suitable water plants that might survive in living in the pond.
There are dozens of them like a water lily, lotus, iris, taro, water lettuce, and more. Those plants have their characteristics like floating, submerging, or marginal. Besides, some also demand specific maintenance like fertilizer, calm water, or even some streams.
Almost similar to the floras, the aquatic faunas like fish, snail, freshwater prawn, turtle, and crayfish need special treatments. An example is Koi that has to live in clean water. Therefore, the water needs to get cleaned often. Consider the number of faunas especially fish in a pond. The outnumbered fish might bring some damage to the pond or plants. Certain fish like Koi cannot live with water plants as they tend to eat and dig the plants.
Choose the style
After knowing all the basics and characteristics of the pond and its occupants, you can start to decide the look (style) and the components. Whether it looks natural or follows certain regional styles like Asian and Persian. Asian water garden style usually has still pond with bamboos, pots, and rocks as the ornaments. Meanwhile, European or Persian style is characterized by classical statues and fountains. Apart from them, you can experiment with your style. If it is possible, you can also build a stream garden, but of course, it takes larger space and more water sources.
Sketch your desired style and prepare the materials
Finally, it is time to execute. Regarding space and the concept, you can draw the shape of the pond completed with the size and depth. Though it is not visible, making shelves and steps in the pond might help in positioning the plants or building houses for the animals. Around the pond, spot any possible places for the additional water plants and ornaments. Lastly, do physical work like digging and preparing the garden. Happy gardening!