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When Is The Best Time To Start Setting Up A Garden Pond?

Mar 25, 2008
Garden ponds are stunning water features that can add a lot of excitement to a yard or garden. There are a lot of considerations to make when installing a garden pond on your property, and it is important to put a lot of research into your pond development and creation, otherwise you may make a fatal mistake that destroys the quality of your pond, or the fish or plant life that depend on it to thrive.

One of the most important considerations to make when setting a garden pond up on your property is when the best time is during the year. The best time of the year for you to build a garden pond is in November, or in other words during the end of the fall and the beginning of the winter. While this may seem like an odd time to create a pond that will be dedicated to fish and plant life, there are some very specific reasons for why this is.

- By setting your pond up at the end of the fall or in the beginning of the winter, you are giving your pond ample time to settle down before the spring time comes. Fish depend on certain healthy bacteria and algae that need to grow before the water is ready for them.

- By setting the plant life up in your pond during this period of time, you are giving it ample time to begin growing and flourishing before the animal life begins to thrive there. When you introduce animal life to your pond in the spring time, like fish or fowl, your pond will already be well established.

- Keeping true to the point mentioned just above, if you build your pond in the spring and immediately introduce animal life, you will find the animals are not getting what they need from the pond. If the pond is not properly set up, fish life will not flourish there. If there are no thriving natural elements, wild animals will not visit your pond.

When it comes to setting up a garden pond, there should be no doubt that the most ideal time to set things up is during the end of the fall, in about November. This way, by the time winter becomes spring, the pond will be well established and prepared to accept animal life of many varieties. You will find your natural garden pond attracting birds, amphibians and reptiles. If you implement fish life in your pond, they will thrive better because the water will have "set up" with the right healthy bacteria, algae and other important elements.

You should know by now that there are certain times where it is beneficial to implement a garden pond on your property, and certain times where it is simply better for you to wait. If you want your garden pond to thrive, this is absolutely the best way to achieve it. The animals that thrive on your garden pond will certainly be thankful that you waited.
About the Author
Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who represents a number of UK businesses. For garden ponds, he recommends Seapets, one of the UK's leading suppliers of garden ponds.
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