Summer is the perfect time to get the most out of your pond. Whether it’s a traditional water garden, a koi pond or a disappearing waterfall, warm weather practically begs you to sit outside and enjoy your creation.
Some people make the mistake of building their pond and then basically forgetting about it. They never alter its design and rarely gather around it. In fact, they pretty much ignore it unless the water needs to be cleaned or a rock has come loose.
Avoid this all-too-common mistake by adopting some of our great ideas for how to make the most out of your backyard pond this summer:
• Have a barbecue. Everyone enjoys grilling out, so have your friends over for a backyard BBQ. That way you’ll spend time in the yard and people can enjoy the beautiful pond you’ve created.
• Host a bonfire. Nighttime can be a great time to admire your pond. Have a bonfire in your backyard so people can sit around long after the sun goes down. This can be a great opportunity to use those new pond lights you purchased, too.
• Set up a seating area around your pond. When setting up your backyard, you want to create seating areas just like you do inside your home. Make sure one of these areas is near your pond to encourage family and friends to sit by it and enjoy its soothing sounds, beautiful colors and lively ecosystem.
• Switch things up. One of the best ways to keep yourself interested in your pond is by changing it up once a season. And these changes don’t have to be drastic. By simply adding a few new plants, rearranging some rocks or changing the type of fish you have, you can keep things interesting season after season.
• Purchase new pond supplies. It can be as simple as a new accent piece, or as complex as an entirely new water feature. No matter how extravagant or simple you decide to go, purchasing new pond supplies is a great way to get yourself excited about your water garden.
This list is only the beginning. Use it to spark your imagination as you come up with new and exciting ways to take advantage of your backyard water garden. And don’t forget to submit pictures of your creations!