Things to consider

Before you get started on your pond or water garden plan everything out. I can't emphasize that enough (or you will be doing things more then once.)

How much are you willing to spend on your pond or water garden?

The easiest way to put in a pond or water garden is to simply buy a pond kit that comes with everything you need. You can install it yourself or pay $$$$ to have someone else to do the work for you. (But that may not be the most cost effective way.) Building a pond and water feature doesn't have to cost a lot if you are willing to do the work yourself.

Every pond needs a pump and they run on power, so take into consideration that you will need to either run an extension cord (not recommended) or install power for your pump. If you don't want to install the power yourself then that is another cost to think about.

Will you be putting fish in your pond or water garden? If the answer is yes, consider the room needed. (Fish need 1 square foot of water for every 2 inches of fish - so a 6 foot area can support four 3" fish or two 6" fish. Koi need 25 square feet per fish each.

Will you have plants? Plants can take up a lot of room, but are benificial to your pond. Think about what types of plants you are going to put in your pond and the area they need to grow.

Where will you put the pump and filter system? Remember, the bigger the pond or water garden the bigger the filter system needs to be. Our filter system takes up a 4 foot by 8 foot area.

Please read the section on picking your ponds location for more information on things that should be considered.

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