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In this article, you will learn how to create: Koi Ponds

Turtle Ponds

If you are looking for ways to increase the beauty and value of your property, then a landscaping pond may be the perfect solution.

A landscaping pond is not only a great way to improve the look of your property, but it can also create a peaceful oasis in your backyard while providing a fun and exciting lesson in ecology for the kids.

The first step in achieving your dream of a backyard landscaping pond is to decide where to place your pond. The location will typically depend on the type of landscaping pond you want to build.

Koi Ponds

Koi ponds are among the most popular and it's easy to understand why.

When your landscaping pond is filled with these beautiful, graceful fish, you'll feel the worries and stress of the day slip away as you're mesmerized in your own little backyard oasis.

A koi pond works best located in an easily accessible area of your lawn where there is appropriate lighting for night-time viewing.

A lined landscaping pond works best for koi, along with a bio filter, source of aeration, and pump. These essential elements cleanse the water of bacteria, waste and other toxins that could harm the koi environment.

Your koi will grow, so be sure to give some thought to how large you would like them to be when they’re fully grown.

Earl P. Mowgly, Gardener  

Koi are naturally very small as babies, but they can grow to as long as five feet in length as adults. The size they achieve depends upon the size of their environment.

Each eight to ten inch koi needs three feet of space and about 60 gallons of water.

Koi do better in a communal environment, so the average koi landscaping pond should have at least three fish.

This means that the smallest possible pond would be three feet deep with 27 square feet of surface area to allow for 180 gallons of water.

Turtle Ponds

A turtle pond is another type of landscaping pond to consider.

A pre-formed or a lined pond will work equally well for turtles.

To make sure that predators do not harm your turtles or that they do not wander away, you'll need to factor fencing into your turtle landscaping pond plans. Earl P. Mowgly, Gardener  

Include a land run so your new residents will have a chance to get out of the water occasionally to investigate their surroundings. A land run can be worked into your pond simply by moving the fence anywhere from one to four feet away from the edge of the pond.

Your turtles will also need an element of shade incorporated into their habitat so they can get out of the sun. Hollow logs, large flower pots turned on their sides, and large, leafy vegetation will work well as hiding places for your turtles.

With a little planning and forethought, you can quickly have a landscaping pond oasis that will help you to forget all the worries of your stressful day.

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