When you are planning your backyard landscaping, you may be considering installing a water element to your yard. After all, a fountain, waterfall, or pond can add a touch of beauty and tranquility to your backyard. A pond can turn an empty green space into a relaxing oasis of your very own. Now that you have decided to incorporate a water element into your backyard, you need to decide between the oft-touted koi pond and the plant-based water garden. Each has its merits and drawbacks. All you need to do is consider the important aspects of these two options and choose the one that is right for you.
The Depth Of Your Commitment
First and foremost, you must consider the depth at which you can and are willing to dig for your new pond. Koi ponds need to be far deeper than a simple water garden.
This is due to the fact that koi need an environment that is sufficiently large to support their lives. They need enough space to swim and deep enough waters to shield them from potential predators like raccoons. Also consider that, if you need to drain your pond for repairs, this will use a lot more water and you will have to find a place to hold the koi during the process.
So, if you plan on a koi pond, know that it will need to be several feet deep to sustain your koi population. If this is not possible or preferable for your backyard project, then a standard water garden may be the choice for you.
The Visual Aesthetic You Want
You also need to consider the type of visual aesthetic you want from your water installation. Are you wanting your guests to gaze down into your pond looking at what lies beneath the surface? Or, do you prefer the pond to be visually striking at surface level?
If you want your pond to be visually appealing at surface level, koi may not be the best option for you. They tend to eat a great deal of pond plant life, leaving the surface clear of plant life.
However, if the surface of your pond is not of particular concern, looking down into a pond of gliding, swimming koi would be beautiful, mesmerizing, and calming. You will just have less overall plant life in your pond as a result.
When it comes to deciding between a koi pond and a traditional pond or water garden, you need to keep the important factors in mind. Once you know what you want from your pond and what you are willing to do to get your desired effect, all you have left to do is contact a company like Kona Land and Water Escapes to get started.