The Benefits of Keeping a Garden Pond

When I was a kid we had a Koi pond in our back garden. I loved it. The sound of the water was wonderfully relaxing and the fish were gorgeous. One day I hope we have a big enough garden for a pond of our own. Here are some of the benefits.

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They look Fantastic

At their most basic level ponds are nice to look at as long as you look after them. They glisten and gleam, and you can grow pretty pond flowers in them, giving your garden a prettier look.

They are Soothing

Ponds, especially if they contain a water feature, are very soothing. There are few sounds that aid relaxation better than the sound of running water. Just spending a few minutes sitting by your garden pond can help you unwind and get rid of the stresses and strains you’ve been put under throughout the day.

They’re Fun

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If you have kids, they’ll love sailing boats in the pond. Obviously, you should always supervise young children when they’re around a pond, and you should take precautions to keep it covered or fenced when the kids are in the garden unsupervised. You should also keep your pond clean if your kids are going to be having fun with it – Swell are stockists of Oase pond filters which are perfect for the job – but providing you’re careful, ponds provide great fun for all the family.

Attract Wildlife

If you and your kids are lovers of wildlife, you’ll get endless hours of joy from your garden once you install a pond. Bodies of water attract all manner of wildlife, including some very impressive birds to the garden, which you can then spend time watching at your leisure. It’s a great way to teach children more about the natural world and encourage them to go outside more often.

A Fun Hobby

If you’re in need of a fun hobby that isn’t too taxing and which gets you outdoors, there can be few things better than installing a pond. Once you have a pond, you can start growing waterlilies, take up bird watching or, best of all start keeping koi carp. Not only that, but the maintenance involved in looking after a pond can be a rather relaxing zen-like activity once you get into the swing of things. One thing’s for sure; you’ll never be bored in the garden once you have your own pond in place.

It’s Good for the Environment

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If you’re concerned about caring for the environment so that your children can enjoy nature in all its glory for many years to come, installing a pond is a great move. You see, when you have a pond, you can use it to water your plants, which means that you use less water from other sources overall, only occasionally needing to top off the pond in times when the rain has been sparse. Frogs, birds and other animals will also be able to access your water source for drinking, and encouraging them into the garden will help keep insect pests at bay, so you don’t have to use quite as many pesticides on your garden.

Do you have a garden pond? What is the best thing about it?

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