How to Build a DIY Water Feature

Wouldn’t you love to be able to sit outside and hear the soothing sound of a waterfall? If you don’t have a sprawling outdoor space or a huge budget, you can still enjoy a water feature in your yard. Water gardens are a great way to attract birds and butterflies to your backyard. Plus, you won’t have to till the soil or pull weeds! Here’s how to make a big splash with a mini-pond in a pot.

With the right container and a selection of lovely aquatic plants, you can DIY your way to water garden bliss! Pond pots are perfect for patios or small balconies, and they’re also great tucked into corners of your flowerbeds, too.

Choose a container at least two feet deep made either of ceramic, porcelain, metal or plastic. You can even repurpose things like vintage washtubs or crockery. You can also use wooden half-barrels, which are a great size for a water garden. However, if you’re going with a wood container, you’ll need to line it with heavy-duty plastic, otherwise toxins from the wood can destroy your water plants.

Plant a variety of aquatic plants like water hyacinth, water lilies, lotus and spiky grasses, paying attention to their water depth requirements and lighting conditions in your garden – about six hours of sun is best. Choose both short and tall plants of varying shapes, and don’t crowd too many together in the same pot. You can keep them in their little containers, and perch them on bricks to adjust the height. You can even add some fish to the mix if your container is large enough – maybe it’s time to put that antique bathtub to better use! You can also add a fountain if you want that soothing gurgling sound.

Most pond pots require little work, because many aquatic plants are hard to kill – we knew you’d love that part! As long as you keep adding fresh water to your pond as it evaporates, it will pretty much take care of itself. Most aquatic plants receive the nutrients they need from the pond water itself. Just be sure to watch out for signs of algae and mosquitos wanting to move in. You’ll want to drain your pond pot if you see a few inches of decomposed matter at the bottom. Give the pot a good scrub once you’re at it before refilling it. In colder climates, bring your pot inside so it doesn’t freeze.

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