Having a large or small pond is a very easy addition to your garden. A pond can be as small as to occupy a few gallons of water, or as large as to be the only focal point. Of course, not all of us have the happiness of owning a great garden.
However, that does not mean that we cannot have a small pond in our outdoor space. A small pond is very easy and quick to install. Reusable materials are generally used. Likewise, also do with solar pumps in order to keep the water circulating and not stagnant.
Even the flow of water can perfectly also be used to create small waterfalls. Ponds are one of the very popular features in gardens and even more so with the Zen trend. Although it may not seem like it, a pond in your garden. it has some benefits. Some of which go way beyond just being a decorative addition to your garden.
A pond is more than just an addition to your garden décor
A pond certainly adds beauty to your garden. This is the main reason why most people place a pond outside. A large or small pond can quickly become the focal point in your garden décor. Especially when you include various colorful fish and plants.
There are people who go a little further in the design of their pond, putting in some additional features such as waterfalls, rock edges or small statues, which are undoubtedly pleasing to the eye. Even the lighting in the ponds in the same way, can create an atmosphere very particularly at night.
Another benefit of a pond in your garden. can offer is relaxation. He closes his eyes and listening to the sound of water, be it the ocean, rain or a fountain in a matter of minutes relaxes you. But not only closing your eyes and listening, also simply seeing the water and extremely relaxing and even more so when you are surrounded by nature.
The power of water is truly amazing. In addition to giving a Zen mood, the water masks the sound of the street. When you add a small pond to your garden. where water can sound through a small waterfall, it is as if you will create white noise.
Mini ponds with small fountains for greater relaxation with the sound of water
Which will help you to disperse a little noise from the street or neighbors. It is worth mentioning that, by listening to or observing the water and relaxing, you are also obtaining benefits for your mental health. Likewise, building a pond also provides a space for your little sanctuary, a safe place for you and that will relax you, making you escape from the rest of the world.
Small and simple DIY pond with waterfall to decorate your garden
This is one of the mental health benefits of having a small pond in your garden. There is even evidence that places with water stimulate more happiness than any other natural environment. Perhaps the reason why water does not attract and relax so much is because of the link that has always existed with the human being and with evolutionary history.
Fresh water has always been critical to human survival, and salt water was and continues to be a source of food. Water also helps a lot in meditation, giving a feeling of calm, reducing stress and anxiety.
On the other hand, water itself releases negatively charged ions into the air. These fight free radicals and purify the air of allergens and pollutants. These negative ions are even believed to raise serotonin levels, which relieve stress and depression, and help boost energy, alertness, and focus.
Beautiful small pond design to decorate the garden
A great benefit of owning a pond in your garden. is that it improves the environment. Of course, conserving water is also a financial benefit. Every month, gallons and gallons of water are used for lawn and plant care, but having a pond reduces water use.
When the pond is filled for the first time, it is then watered by filling with rainwater. Sometimes it will only need to be completed a little or depending on how long it has been, a partial water change must be done. Although it is worth mentioning that, ponds basically depend on natural sources of water to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
Small DIY Garden Pond with Reusable Container
The humidity that a pond gives, can be very beneficial for the plants that are near it. Since it offers a self-sustaining hydration cycle that keeps plants alive without having to water them as often. It is important for you to know that this also helps maintain soil moisture during the hottest days of the summer season.
Small decoration for the garden with few elements
A pond is also excellent as it supports wildlife that in suburban areas has become somewhat rare. A pond is a small refuge where wildlife and native plants obtain food and water for their development.
Apart from relaxation, addition to decoration, saving water and helping the environment, you could also benefit from the knowledge that it could give you by being in contact with your pond. Watching wildlife reproduce and survive can help incentivize children, and why not? also to the elderly, to discover a little more about the natural world and the relationship with it.
Small pond with fish for the garden
This is perfect for creating environmental awareness. You could even involve the little ones in the process of planning, building, and maintaining a garden pond. Without a doubt, with this you can help them at the same time understand how a complete natural ecosystem works. To have responsibility from a very young age to take care of our environment. Which can spark your interest or passion to create a better future for our planet.
We hardly ever stop to think about the little details. Nor to consider and admire the simplest things. But when we set out to think a little about the potential functions in our garden, we realize that some elements do things that we never value.
Original pond and water fountain to decorate the garden with striking design and lighting
Water is reflective. So when the sunlight shines on her, that light expands around her. Ponds that receive sunlight can add additional value to your garden. And they could also help plants do a little more photosynthesis.
There are people who even claim that a pond or any body of water is much more productive than the land itself. They are perfect for aquaculture. That is, they are ideal for raising aquatic species, both animals and plants.
Many plants, edible and otherwise, thrive very well in humid conditions. Such as wild rice, watercress, water chestnut, lotus are humid. On the other hand, there are many other thirsty plants that grow and develop along the edges of ponds. So to take advantage of the overflow of the pond. So you can grow various plants in and around your little pond.
Zen-style mini pond to complement decor
Something that could also be considered, although it is not so relevant, is that a pond could refresh the space a bit. Of course, you will have to bear in mind that for what we will indicate, the pond would have to be something large. A pond could have an effect like an outdoor air conditioner.
Simple but eye-catching DIY pond
When the water evaporates from the surface of the pond, this process reduces the heat. So it naturally cools the area around it a bit. This cooling of the area by evaporation would be very appreciated. Especially when temperatures are very high and humidity is low.
Of course, perhaps this could be a point in favor of your economy. Instead of being indoors with the air conditioner on, you can be in your garden and cool off naturally. Depending on the size of your pond, you could use it to water the plants in your garden during a dry season.
Beautiful stone pond and bamboo fountain
How to make a mini pond for your garden
The first thing you should do is choose a container of any size but waterproof. Keep in mind that ceramic and metal are much better resistant to climatic changes. While plastic packaging can crack and leak.
Make sure to wash it well so that it will not harm the plant or animal life that you will have in your little pond. If the container you chose is not waterproof then add a liner large enough to cover and seal it.
If necessary, fold the liner so that it fits snugly into your small container, which will also hold in place with gravel and water. Now you must choose the place where to put your mini pond. A good location is an area that is partially sunny. Since it will help aquatic plants grow and develop.
If you put your mini pond in a very sunny place, it will get very hot and it is not convenient. In the same way, remember to place it in an area where it cannot be knocked down by human traffic. Well, you have two options.
The first is that you can place your mini pond directly on the ground of your garden, or on a slightly higher support. The latter will help to prevent animals or rodents from falling inside. And the second option is to dig a hole deep enough to fit your container perfectly.
Small DIY pond for the garden at ground level
Now, once you’ve decided on the spot for your DIY pond, fill the bottom with aquarium gravel, about 1 inch. Aquarium gravel is much more recommended since it is manufactured for underwater landscapes. It will also help you better anchor your aquatic plants.
You can use logs or different stones to give the pond some depth and attract wildlife. It is preferable that you can fill half the pond with rainwater. Tap water contains chemicals that can be harmful to wildlife.
But if it’s not the rainy season, don’t worry. Fill half the pond with tap water and let it sit for two days before continuing. Once the water is fixed, start by placing the plants you chose with their roots inside the gravel.
When you have already placed your plants, stones and everything you have decided to place, finish filling with rainwater. Done, now you just have to enjoy it and wait for the wildlife to start arriving. It should be mentioned that small ponds are not suitable for fish unless you install a filter pump.
This DIY mini pond option is the simplest. Of course you can have a pond with the size and design that you prefer as you imagine. You can even make a mini waterfall or a small Zen-style fountain. Your imagination and the desire to have your little pond in your garden has no limitations. So we hope you were inspired by the beautiful pictures and the little DIY tips help.