If you have ever spent time around water you will experience the same calming effect that it has. If you have ever consider creating a water feature in your home or in your garden you might have stress if you knew how much it would cost to have it done professionally. However if you are a do-it-yourselfer, this might just be the project you have been looking for. If you have been considering creating a water feature in your home or outside of your home you want to start first by researching the different types of water features available to you. If you live in an area that freezes over in the winter time special considerations should be taken when digging or creating an outdoor water feature that would have fish or other life in it. Today the focus we will have will be in creating an outdoor water feature for less than $800. If you go online and look for specs on how to create an outdoor water feature like a pond you will find there are a few different options. The first option is the pre-made pre plastic built tub that you simply dig a hole and drop into the ground. However if you're looking for a solution that will look more natural and save you big bucks, then consider creating your own water feature and layering in different types of rocks as well as a impermeable rubber layer on the bottom of your pond. By creating your own unique Pond or water feature you will have more ability and more options when it comes to the shape and uniqueness of your water feature.
Many people enjoy growing unique plants and their water feature. It is important to consider the depth at which you would like to dig your water feature in order to consider the growing habits and desirable habitat for anything you may want to plant in it.
It should go without saying but I don't think we should you should always be aware of where you are digging Before You Dig. Obviously having a company like Julie come out and give an assessment on your property would be something very advisable before you start digging. This will help you avoid any unnecessary electrical / utility or Plumbing that could be potentially in the way.
One very interesting work around that a fellow neighbor slash engineer had in order to keep his his water feature from freezing during the winter time was he dug his water feature directly over a sewage pipe. The ambient temperature at which the pipe was at keeps the water from freezing year round.
The added benefit of the ambient temperature of the sewer pipe is it is able to keep his large koi fish alive year-round in the same habitat. Typically this solution would not be one that should be encouraged. There could be some very large draw backs if he ever has a very rough winter. Obviously, if it does freeze all the way down having a sewage pipe explode could be a very nasty situation to deal with in mid-winter.
Typically your ability to create something unique is a very good experience. However there are a few tried-and-true examples of how to create a water feature that will give you a long lasting impression without any leaks or problems with the plumbing. Creating a unique water feature is one of the most rewarding efforts that you will spend around your home.
by choosing the right size water feature you will ensure that it proportionately fits your location. Also, by creating a water feature that has been handmade vs. Store bought you will have a better product if you follow some of the tried-and-true techniques that are out there. Again creating a layering effect with different types of aggregate will in fact mimic nature and create a more healthy habitat for any plants or fish that you choose to grow.
Recently there has been a lot of focus on sustainability and many people have been creating small Aqua Farms to grow bass, catfish, or other small white fish. They call these a closed loop system and with sustainability being such a focus nowadays there are many plans available through venues like YouTube that will show you how to create a closed loop system that is full of nutrients for not only the plants but a filtration system that is very natural as well. Creating a hybrid environment like this could be one very rewarding project. My intention is to create a hybrid aquaculture water feature that I can eat from on a weekly basis.
Please share your pictures and thoughts if you create a water feature. If you have created a water feature in the past please share with us any ideas or things that work for you.