A properly designed and installed water garden at your Vernon, Lake Country, Salmon Arm or Kamloops home can give you an all-natural, low maintenance piece of paradise, as well as provide food, shelter, and safety to the wildlife around it. The key to a beautiful pond comes in the proper inclusion and placement of each piece of the water garden ecosystem puzzle; Circulation, Filtration, Fish, Aquatic Plants, Rocks/Gravel and Bacteria.
Creating your own little paradise, right in your back yard.
Circulation System is really just a fancy way of saying “pumps and plumbing.” The proper size pump and pipe diameter are extremely important for the aesthetics of a water feature. More importantly, an efficient circulation system keeps the water moving and provides the necessary oxygen levels for healthy fish and plants.
Proper Filtration System includes the use of both a biological and a mechanical filter. A biological filter provides surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize and remove excess nutrients from the water.
A mechanical filter will not only pre-filter the water and house the pump; it will also skim debris from the water’s surface to prevent the accumulation of organic materials on the pond floor.
Fish are an integral part of any ecosystem. Unfortunately, fish are often seen as creating a maintenance nightmare. Contrary to popular belief, fish will actually reduce pond maintenance, as they graze on string algae and bottom feed from the pond floor.
Aquatic Plants are Mother Nature’s true filters. Plants are great for adding character to a pond by providing color and texture, but from a filtration perspective, they’re second to none. Thriving from the excess nutrients in a pond and depriving algae of its food source, the aquatic plants in a water garden, given proper coverage, are critical for the overall health of the ecosystem.
Rocks, Gravel, and Bacteria have been a controversial element in the hobby for many years. Many enthusiasts have steered away from rocks and gravel out of fear that their system will become a maintenance nightmare. On the contrary, rocks and gravel will not only make your pond look more natural, they will also protect pond liners from UV light degradation and they provide tremendous surface area for beneficial bacteria to break down excess nutrients in the water and dissolved organic debris on the pond floor.
Having all these things in place makes all the difference in the health and success of your water garden. Use them and work with Mother Nature for a chemical-free wonderland of water! A low-maintenance ecosystem pond provides you with more free time to enjoy friends and family, while gathered around your pond, of course!
Our true artistry comes out in our water gardens. We love building ponds and waterfalls as much as you enjoy listening to the peaceful rippling water while you have dinner on the back patio at home. It’s truly relaxing watching the fish swim around and chase each other for hours on end. It’s refreshing to walk out in the morning and see a new lily flower blooming in your pond. Water gardens can be a significant investment, so you want to make sure that all the moving pieces work together when building your backyard paradise. Before hiring a pond contractor to build your water feature, we highly recommend requesting to see completed jobs and looking for referrals from previous clients. Not all water features are created equal. Allow Lakeside Reflections to walk you through the ins and outs of a properly designed water-feature; we have many happy pond customers. The water gardening lifestyle really can be maintenance free and enjoyable. We invite you to see many of our ponds and waterfalls built in our display location at the Piccadilly Mall in Salmon Arm.