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HERE'S SIX REASONS why installing a pond into a garden is a great idea!Water in a garden immediately changes the ambience of an outdoor space. In fact, a pond or water feature has been shown to improve mood and make people feel healthier and happier. Ponds reflect light, add interest to outdoor space and provide a reason to explore the surroundings. Why are ponds good for us? Here's six reasons why you might want to include water in your garden.
The wildlife effect
- Water attracts wildlife and most people are fascinated by this natural influx of minibeasts. Even the tiniest of ponds can host frogs, newts, insects, dragonflies, water snails, water boatmen and many more. Not to mention garden visitors such as birds who visit in order to drink and feed, also snakes, toads and more. Looking into a pond and watching quietly is highly therapeutic and a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind.
Keeping mind and body active
- Tending to a pond is life-enhancing. Ponds benefit from maintenance on a little and often basis. It's important not to micro-manage a pond as a balance of mud, plants, stones, twigs and leaves is vital for a healthy place in which creatures can survive. The gentle care that a pond needs is good for the soul!
- The sound of moving water is soothing. These non-threatening background noises are relaxing, whereas abrupt sounds tend to create an evolutionary response which prepares the body for action.
- Looking after pets is good for you! Fish in a pond are probably some of the easiest livestock to look after. You can leave them alone or give them lots of care and attention, they don't mind either way. Caring for animals creates a 'feel-good' element that feeds the instinct to nurture.
Good gardening opportunities
- You can garden in and around a pond! One of the best things about introducing a pond is to be able to colonise it and the surrounding areas with suitable plants. There are plants which are ideally suited to pond margins and others that like their feet to be under the water. Water in the garden gives a great excuse to design planting specifically for the feature. There are many different types of pond plants available, just take a look!
- Your garden might not lend itself to magnificent fountains in tune with Renaissance Italian gardens but a bubbling pebble pool, a trickling artificial stream or even a sunken bowl can bring a magical element to any space.
What do you need?
Just a courtyard; a patio; a small garden; rooftop garden or balcony will suffice. If you have a larger space, you can let your imagination run wild but ponds really dont need to take up a lot of room. You might want a supply of electricity so you can provide lighting and install a pump so you can have running water. If this is out of the question there are now many solar-powered water features that will be able to give you some movement.
How do ponds work?
Most water features re-use water stored in a reservoir. They include a pump which raises water to the top level before it drops back down into the reservoir. You simply need to dig a hole to insert the reservoir into the ground, then fill it with water. One end of the hosing pipe is inserted into the pump which sits in the water and the other end is taken up through the lid of the reservoir and through whatever feature you wish to use. The pump needs to be connected to an electricity supply so it can pump water through the water feature. Simple!
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There are alternatives. Solar-powered water features can be free-standing and they don't need connecting to mains electricity. There are also indoor fountains and even outdoor types that sit above ground where they are connected to the mains. You can often manage to disguise the cable.
Enjoy introducing water to your garden this spring and summer.