The Two Basic Pond Design Considerations for Your Backyard Pond

Backyard ponds provide homeowners with beautiful mood-boosting sights and relaxing sounds that promote tranquility and calm. There is nothing like having a water feature you are proud of as part of your outdoor space. We know with so many available options and add-ons, pond design can become very overwhelming, so Great Lakes Pondscapes is here to help. In this post, we will look at the two basic considerations you will have for your backyard pond’s design.

What type of pond do you want?

Many homeowners like to have a variety of aquatic plants in their backyard pond. Aquatic plants are not only beautiful, but they also help to balance the pond’s ecosystem by removing nitrogen, nitrates, ammonia, and other minerals that can be harmful to your pond. In order for your plants to thrive, you will want your pond to be in an area that gets at least five hours of sun each day.

If you want Koi or other fish for your pond, you will first need to make sure your water feature is deep and large enough to support them. You will need filtration systems that trap waste and provide needed bacteria that convert toxic substances into those that are harmless to your pond’s ecosystem. In some cases, you may need an aeration system in the form of waterfalls, fountains, or a mechanical system.

What kind of enhancements do you want?

As mentioned in the previous section, aquatic plants and fish are a great way to complement your pond design! Some of the most popular pond enhancements include waterfalls, fountains, and pond lighting. Waterfalls and fountains are not only beautiful but also promote calm and relaxation with the sound of cascading or flowing water while pond lighting can really bring your pond to life after the sun goes down!

At Great Lakes Pondscapes, our years of experience and passion for ponds and other water features, have allowed us to help our customers bring their pond design visions to life. We look forward to working with you to create the backyard pond of your dreams!