Ponds, streams, fountains and pools all add value to property while creating a pretty space for outdoor gatherings. Determine your budget for purchasing and installation.
Factors that influence placement of a water feature include exposure to sunlight, average temperatures and access to fresh water for cleaning and refilling.
Before the installation starts, have the utility company come out and check the area thoroughly for buried wires or cables.
Line ponds and streams with approved pond liner to avoid leakage. Installers should work in socks or smooth soles to keep shoes from damaging the liner.
Sunlight causes algae to grow rapidly, especially in areas where the temperature is high. High temperatures will also kill fish as water heats and evaporates quickly.
Fill the water feature with distilled water only. Chemicals found in tap water encourage the growth of algae and destroy the mechanisms in pump motors.
Complete a water change at least twice a year. Early spring and late fall are perfect for changing at least 15 percent of the water in a water feature.
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Avoid placing a water feature under trees where leaves fall.
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