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How to Build a Koi Pond

November 28, 2008 by admin 

How to Build a Koi PondIf you are looking for information or ideas on how to build a koi pond, it’s important to keep in mind that the most notable phase is the pre-planning stage, or preparation. Many people choose to leave the construction of their ponds to landscaping experts. Allowing the experts to do the work can be costly, but may be the way to go based on your situation. For the do-it-yourselfer a certain level of fulfillment can be achieved by building it all on your own.

Many landscaping companies are well versed in designing and building garden water ponds. The intricacies involved with building a koi pond tend to vary depending on the scope of your project. So, if you prefer to hire a landscaping company to build it, make certain they have the skill and familiarity with designing and constructing koi ponds. If you have decided to do it yourself, be sure you have researched well enough so that you know how to build a koi pond before starting the project.

Koi pond construction involves many different methods. Depending on how conservative or elaborate you choose to go will affect your plans. Factors like pond size, site, budget, and time should all be considered.
It is a good idea to take a look at other homeowner’s koi ponds before starting your project. This can give you some great ideas. Also, it’s always a good idea to talk with other koi enthusiasts to get well-informed tips and advice. This will give you an idea of how much you need to spend, so that you’re able to stay under budget. There are many koi pond kits on the market that will take away a lot of the guesswork. These kits can be purchased for a number of applications.

Make sure your koi pond will be of adequate size. The larger and deeper the better, as koi grow to a rather large size. Do you want just a few koi fish, or many? This will also impact the size of your pond. Overcrowding the pond cannot only be damaging to your system, but lead to stressed and unhealthy koi fish.

The ideal location for your pond should be close to your house so you can easily monitor and drop by often. It is not good to construct your pond near a tree, where leaves, twigs, and branches can drop inside the pond, except if you are fond of cleaning ponds. Additionally, koi ponds must not be built below direct sunlight. One of the most critical steps on how to build a koi pond is the planning.  Proper planning will in ensure that your happy with the end result.

Before you proceed, make the decision of whether you prefer a formal pond or simply a pond that blends well with the natural setting of your existing environment. If at all possible, construct the pond with some decent depth. Shoot for a bear minimum of at least three feet deep, as koi benefit from deep water. Also, another big advantage of having a deep pond is the protection it provides your koi from predators, such as cats, herons, raccoons, and the like. Having to buy koi fish as replacements is not cheap, plan accordingly.

Figuring out how to build a koi pond is not as difficult as you may think with some proper planning. Following some guidelines will produce a really nice koi pond for your property.

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