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7 Things To Consider Before Adding A Water Feature In Your Garden

Setting up a pond or a fountain? Make sure these concerns are covered first.

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Original Article: Franco Hubilla Photography: Miguel Nacianceno, Bahaghari MFI and Pexels.com (Main Photo)

Some people say no garden is complete without the sound of trickling water. This is probably why, for a lot of homeowners, a fountain or a pond is always a welcome addition to their outdoor spaces. If you're planning to add one in your mini paradise as well, you need to make sure that the safety of your space won't be compromised. Here are some things you should consider:

1. Excavation

The area needs to be excavated for the proper depth. Surrounding structures should be considered, too. Triple check if it won't cause erosion in any other spots in your garden. 

2. Solid base

If you want to have a long-lasting pond and to keep the surrounding soil from turning muddy, it is best to have reinforced poured concrete with water within it. This will save you a lot of maintenance trouble as well. 

3. Reinforcement

Steel bars are needed to reinforce the concrete base. The size and spacing of the reinforcing bars depend on the depth and area of the pool.

4. Waterproofing

Waterproofing needs to be applied on the concrete base before the plastered finish or tile finish. The said process also keeps the water within the pond—helping you avoid a muddy garden.

5. Electrical work

There should be provisions for waterproof connections for the pumps, lights and other features that may require power. Remember to keep the wires from getting wet as this can be a fire hazard.

6. Switch location

The location of the switches to operate the above features should be safely and conveniently located inside the house to avoid any electricity-related accidents. 

7. Landscape design

The surrounding area should be done to complement the pond or vice versa. A water feature should enhance the beauty of your space instead of the other way around.

Do you need help in setting up your garden? You can get in touch with a designer or e-mail the Hubilla Design Group at hdg.ofc[at]gmail.com.

Read the original article ("Go With The Flow") in the March 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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