Water garden supplies come in an array of materials, sizes, and prices. Choosing the best water garden supplies can be a fun activity, but planning ahead pays off. Some important considerations for choosing the best water garden supplies include climate, predators or pests in the area, soil type, and the amount of sunlight the water feature will receive.
The shape of a water garden or pond mostly depends on designer preference, but physical barriers such as trees or rocky soil can influence shape, too. If a specific shape is desired, ponds can be dug by hand to the desired shape, and then a flexible pond liner placed into the hole. Pre-formed molds of garden ponds are available for purchase, and some even come with a waterfall built into the design. Choosing between a liner or a pre-formed pond depends largely on personal preference. One possible advantage to flexible liners is that they can be arranged to fit into an area or have an unusual shape where pre-formed molds might not fit.
Rocks are interesting features for water gardens and can sometimes be obtained for free. Rocks, boulders, and flagstones can also be purchased at many home improvement centers and even at some plant nurseries. Flagstones and paving stones will give a water garden a manicured look and work well for geometric designs. Using stones and rocks found locally will give a water garden a very natural look and tend to invite native wildlife.
Pumps and filters are important water garden supplies that are integral to the infrastructure of the garden. Choosing the best pumps and filters depends on the volume of water in the pond, the types of plants and animals that will live in the pond, and the number and size of features such as waterfalls or fountains. Pumps and filters are generally labeled with information that indicates the appropriate pond size it is intended for, but sales associates may also be able to assist in narrowing down the choices if necessary.
Water plants and fish are sold at local nurseries, garden supply stores, and pet stores. Fish suitable to these types of water features come in a variety of species, from hearty to exotic. One problem that can arise with garden ponds is pesky predators such as birds of prey who may eat fish and plants. Protective fencing and motion sensitive lights can reduce loss to predation. Choosing the best water plants, fish, and pest deterrents is highly specific to the environment or geographic region of a water garden. Local environmental groups may be able to provide insight as to what works best in an area.