Paul's Garden Pond
Photos end of last summer 2007
Here you will see Paul's beautiful water garden feature
complete with waterfall rock work, landscaping and some nice pond
ornaments to go around his garden pond. You can also see that Paul
needed to add some pond netting to help protect his fish from
predators like the raccoon and the heron. One of his koi went
missing last year and we could only assume that something had
caught him. Using pond netting will definitely help protect your
fish and prevents leaves from falling in your pond come fall.
For filtration Paul uses a vegetable filter completely full of
water hyacinths as you can see in the photo below. In the front of
the waterfall he uses a plastic mesh that prevents the water
hyacinths from coming down the falls. This is what keeps his water
crystal clear all summer long. The water hyacinths worked great
last year in his pond as he had some goldfish spawning and some
new babies as they were able to hide in amongst the water
hyacinths from larger fish. Now in 2008 he also adds a bag of
Barley Straw to his pond at the beginning of the year which helps
reduce algae from blooming.
Water plants such as
water lilies and other
pond plants make an excellent
form of natural filtration. If you think of it what filters the
water in the rivers or ocean, its the water plants, bog plants,
cattails and other plant life that keeps the ecosystem working
effectively. With the long roots from the water hyacinths in
Paul's garden pond works very well in keeping his pond safe for
his koi and goldfish.
Paul keeps on improving his pond every year and I look forward
to seeing more
garden pond photos of further
Now you can see the before and after pictures of when Paul had
first built his pond.
The improvements he's made on the water garden looks great. The
addition of the waterfall, flower bed and the water plants really
has made this pond come to life. The flagstone used around the
pond looks great, flagstone is quite expensive but the results can
be worth it.
I would like to thank Paul for sharing his water garden
pictures with us and we all look forward to seeing some updated
photos down the road with any new improvements and updated photos
when the new water lilies he's added for 2008 bloom the
hardy water lily and the
Madame Wilfron Gonnere.