Growing water lilies in garden ponds

Welcome to my website that will teach you how to set up a garden pond and grow water lilies in it. Water lilies are very easy to care for and will largely take care of themselves as soon as they are well established. If you live in an area with a colder climate then there will be more work to care for water lilies as you might have to bring them in for the winter. You can read more about this in my article about wintering your water lilies.

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This website will also feature information about how to keep goldfish, Koi carps, and other pond fish. Colorful fish and water lilies go very good together and will help you create a calm area to relax in. Planting bamboo near the pond will further promote a calm feel to the area. There are bamboo species that can survive in colder climates.

On this page, I am going to answer some of the most common questions that I review about garden ponds. Read the different articles on this website for in-depth information on everything you need to know to build and care for a pond.

Does a pond require a lot of maintenance

No, a well designed well-planned pond requires very little maintenance. Less than one hour a week. A pond that is placed in the wrong place or poorly designed can require a lot more maintenance but it will still be less than 15 minutes daily.

Is it expensive to build a pond

It can be expensive to build a pond but it does not have to be. It all depends on how big a pond you want to build, the conditions on your lot and how much of the work you are willing to do yourself. A common garden pond does not need to cost a lot at all. You can build 15 ft x 15 ft pond for a few hundred. The exact cost will vary depending on where you live.

If you want to build a large pond then you are most likely going to need to rent a digger. This can be rather expensive. But digging a large pond by hand is a large undertaking. It can be done. (and is a great work out).

A luxury pond can cause several hundred thousand to build. A simple pond can, however, be just as beautiful as long as you plan the pond with a small budget in mind and avoid trying to make fake cliff faces or anything like that.

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Do I need to hire a professional to build my pond

No building a pond is easy and you can find all the information you need online. There is no need to hire a professional. It is, however, important to know that building a pond is hard work and you should not try to do it yourself if you are not willing to work hard.

You need to be in decent physical condition to do it. Most adults can do it but it can be hard if you are sick or have a bad back. It is possible to build a pond over the weekend but it is a lot easier to do it over a few weeks. That way you do not have to work as hard each day.

Do I need a permit to build a garden pond


The answer to this question is usually no but different communities can have different rules and certain residential communities have bylaws that limit what you can and can not do. I recommend that you always check to make sure. You will in most cases be able to build a small pond without permission.

You often need a permit if you want to build a large pond. What equates to a large pond varies in different parts of the country. Anything below 30x30ft is usually not considered large but once again. Check your local regulation to make sure.

You will always need permission to build a pond connected to a creek or any other natural body of water. If this is the case then you often need permits from both city, state and federal bodies. This is especially true if you want to dam a creek. Ask your local municipality as well as your local fish and wildlife department for information regarding the regulations in your state

Do I need a pond filter

This is a complex question to answer. You do not need one. You can have a stunning clean pond without one. But you should most likely get one. It is a lot easier to keep a pond clean if you have a filter but a skilled pond keep can keep a pond clean without any technical assistance. If you are reading this page, I recommend you get one to circulate the water.

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Will a pond attract wildlife?


Yes, your pond will attract wildlife. What types of wildlife it will attract depends on how the pond is designed and where you live. Most ponds attract frogs and lizards, but most ponds will also attract birds, hedgehogs, and many other animals.

You can choose the animals you want to attract when designing the pond. Ask yourself what animals you want to attract and then build a pond that is designed to attract those animals. You can read more about how to attract different animals here.

Does a pond produce mosquitoes?

This is a very common question. Yes, a pond can become a breeding ground for mosquitos and might increase the number of mosquitos in your garden. With this said. It is very easy to prevent your pond from becoming a breeding ground for mosquitos and a pond does not have to increase the number of mosquitos in your garden. There are plenty of different fish species that you can keep in your pond that will keep the mosquitos away. Many of them require next to no extra care. If you take care of the pond, then the fish will thrive.

A well-planned pond containing fish can actually help reduce the number of mosquitos in your garden by luring mosquitos to lay their eggs in the pond where their young will be eaten by the fish before they can develop into mosquitos.

You can also use mechanical filtration to keep mosquitos away. They do not want to breed in moving water.

What is a recreational pond

Unlike traditional swimming pools filled with chlorine or saltwater, natural recreational ponds harness the power of plants, beneficial bacteria, and sometimes small fish to keep the water clean and balanced. They’re designed to resemble a natural body of water, offering both aesthetic appeal and a unique, nature-based recreational activity.

These ponds often incorporate native plants and are tailored to attract local wildlife, turning your backyard into a thriving ecosystem. Birds, dragonflies, and beneficial insects are naturally drawn to these water features, enhancing biodiversity.

Besides their ecological benefits, natural recreational ponds require less maintenance than traditional pools. There’s no need for chemicals, and the natural processes at play ensure a self-sustaining system, save for occasional care.

Can I breed Tilapia in my home pond

Yes, it is possible to grow tilapia in your back garden. It is not very hard to produce a lot of tilapia. Enough for you to eat tilapia every week. It is even possible to make money growing tilapia in your backyard, but if you want to make money, then you need to set up a pond that is function over form. IE it will be designed to breed tilapia, not to look good. You can read more about growing tilapia for fun or for profit here.

You can not keep water lilies with Tilapia. The tilapia will eat the leaves of the water lilies (and any other aquatic plant.)