Building a water garden pond in your own backyard is something many dream about, but few accomplish. Many factors work together and help to put people off starting the process, and yet others are daunted when they are faced with a choice of pond kits and don€™t know how to start choosing which one will be right for them.

Price is often a sticking point, decisions about where the pond and waterfall would be located in the back yard (or even front). Labour costs, cost of delivery of the items, the logistics involved in a DIY job which require heavy lifting equipment. Then there is the cost of water, considerations regarding planting, how to do it and how to maintain the pond. And that is before you even start buying the Koi to swim in it.

1. Decide what your budget is for the project €“ Best advice here is a DIY project costs less than a professionally laid out job, simply because you save on the labor costs €“ do not try and save on the cost of the materials. For long term satisfaction and cheapest installation €“ buy the very best materials you can afford. Think long term and in terms of cost-spreading over a long period of time rather than the initial short term expense. For example; buying a rubber liner costs more up front, but lasts more than twice as long as your other options.

2. Decide where you would want it to be located. Look at the proposed site from both inside and outside of the house €“ view the area through your €˜common space€™ windows and make sure that you €“ and not your neighbors, are getting the most benefit from your investment.

3. Choose what type of do it yourself waterfall you want to have in your water feature. The decision about the waterfall governs the size of the pump that you will need to choose in order to give you optimum water flow and filtration. Likewise €“ the budget you will set aside will govern, ultimately, the size feature and thus the size waterfall you can install.

4. Choose a water garden pond kit instead of trying to purchase all the liners, pumps and filtration units as separate items over a period of time. You actually spend less by saving up and then buying a kit outright that suits your budget than doing it piecemeal. By the time you can afford the next bit of kit, you may well have to go back to square 1.5 to install it. This wastes time, which ultimately costs money.

5. Do not skimp on €˜small€™ items such as liner sealing kits. Water creeps out of a liner if the edges of two sections are not made watertight. Water is expensive and the price of the sealant kit is less than constant refilling and losing your fountain because the water level has dropped below critical level.

6. Planting your water pond need not be as expensive as you think. Much of the expense of setting up the plants in and around the water is the purchase of exotic plants and imports. Buy local plants which grow well and suit your environment. While not quite as spectacular (because you see them around you every day), they are more likely to survive the local conditions and weather. Choose plants which are suited to a wet environment.

7. Do not be afraid to call in a professional consultant. Suggestions and constructive comment before you start a project can mean the difference between success and failure when building a garden pond. Sometimes pod equipment suppliers will have a consultation available both in-store and online who can advise you. If you choose buy the your equipment from them, you can even get that advice for free.

In short, it pays to do your homework and plan out your project before you start. You will be rewarded in the end with an amazing water feature if you carefully plan ahead before you start digging up your yard. The end result will be a great place to go, sit back, relax and forget the worries of the business of life. The sound of the water lapping against the rocks will drown out the sounds of the human world. Even though this oasis is manmade, when properly planned and built, your created water garden feature will become part of nature€™s beauty for you to admire for years to come.

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