Looking for a Summer Outdoor Decorating Project Koi Pond? Why not build a Koi Pond? It’s Summertime, and if you are like me, your home is your castle. We spend just as much time outside in the Summer as we spend inside in the Winter. That is why decorating outside means so much to me. There is something to be said about having warm and inviting spaces for my family and friend to share when they visit my home.
Whether it is tea on the veranda or sipping on a nice glass of wine by the Koi Pond. I want everyone to feel invited.
Here are some of my favorite memories of this Summer Outdoor Decorating Project Koi Pond I’d like to share. Included are a few important things to remember when doing attempting this project.
Decide on a budget and plan
Planning is the most important part of the process. Without a plan you might run out of money in the middle of the project. Just to be clear, think about what problems you want to solve and what features you want to enhance. When you have come up with plan decide on how big the budget will be and stick with to that amount.
Planning Your Summer Outdoor Decorating Project Koi Pond
For this outdoor project the four requirements most important were a garden, the fish pond, fill in sod, and a gravel walking area. Being the yard was tight on space the only real solution was to put the garden in an ugly berm and the pond inside the existing deck. A tired worn out garden turned in to a beautiful raised koi pond? Only with a little imagination and determination in the hot Carolina sun.
In the designing and budgeting phase it was decided the Koi pond would look out of place and unfinished without a retaining wall for the garden. Building a retaining wall can be expensive. However, with careful planning and budgeting it is sure to make a huge difference .
Not only should your plan consider the possibilities of the finished look but also it should include material, delivery, and labor cost.
Requirements of the garden & retaining wall
- Brick or Stone?- For gravel you will need back fill
- Extra dirt requirement? Depending on the dirt of the berm you may need to condition the soil with manure, sand and top soil.
- Make sure to address the water requirements. Will watering be by hand or connected to the watering system for this Summer Outdoor Decorating Project Koi Pond?
- Plants and other decorations for the garden?
- Lots of labor. Stone and loads of dirt is incredibly heavy. After shoveling five yards of dirt and lifting and placing the fifth stone one might begin to think what twice about what they’ve gotten themselves into. So plan on extra help.
Requirements for the Koi pond
Onto designing the Koi Pond and the particular requirements for the pond.
- Will the pond be above or in ground?
- Settling tank?
- Pump requirements?
- Heating and Cooling Issues?
In the event a pond is above ground and above freeze level certain precautions have to be considered. If you need you are unable to get you pipes below the freeze zone the pond will need to be heated during the winter.
PLAN the PIPE LAYOUT FOR THE KOI POND
Know your material requirements and plan should also consider the layout of the drainage, return water, and air hoses and pipes. With this in mind, in order to do this the right way the first time, plan for proper drainage, air diffuse hose, and return water pipe . To be sure, you will save yourself a ton of work in the future if this is thought of in advance.
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A Koi toilet or bottom drain is the best solution for maintaining a koi pond. While fish have to eliminate waste as other living animals the waste needs to go somewhere. Fish waste is a big issue. The solution to this issue is the bottom drain. It takes the waste and other to a settling tank. The waste and other debris settles in this tank can be managed and cleaned easily every two to three weeks. Summer Outdoor Decorating Project Koi Pond
Felt underlayment and rubber membrane
It is always a good idea to order more felt underlayment and rubber than you think you will need. While you have planned and stuck to the plan up until this point you may decide to increase the height if the walls. If your pond is above ground the height of the pond might be more pleasing when it is raised. Perhaps you want to plan for extra seating around the pond with wide stone. With this in mind you may need to raise the pond walls. With extra underlayment and rubber you can make this decisions quickly.
Summer Outdoor Decorating Project Koi Pond
If you dream of a fish pond in your back yard, I have included a a link to Koi Fish Ponds Made Easy. In it you can learn how to build a pond for your planned space. It has all the necessary requirements listed to make the process easy and enjoyable. You can read more about the filtration, and pump requirements and so much more. It’s all in one place and easy to read and put into action.
Make your Summer Outdoor Decorating Project Koi Pond a family gathering spot. Why not try this this Summer. Happy pond planning.