Can You Save Money Installing Your Own Koi Pond?

A beautiful koi pond can be an interesting water feature to add to your landscape design. The colorful fish can be relaxing to watch, while the pond brings a natural atmosphere to your yard. There are kits you can buy to build your own koi pond, which can save you money compared to a professional installation by a landscaper. However, there can be hidden costs to doing this project yourself.

Why DIY Koi Ponds Can be Expensive

When considering tackling a DIY koi pond, you need to look at the possible problems that can occur. Yes, the initial cost is less than hiring a professional, but there are issues that commonly transpire for DIY ponds. Here are a few problems that can happen and end up costing you more money in the long run than professional installation.

  • Leaks. If a pond liner is not installed correctly, leaks can occur. Not only can this waste water, it can cause erosion and problems with your existing landscaping and take time and money to repair.
  • Too small. Ponds that are too small or not deep enough can be difficult to keep healthy for fish and plant life. Often DIY pond builders stop digging too soon, creating a pond too shallow for a healthy water-life environment.
  • Poor position. Ponds need to put in an area that is high enough not to become a drainage area. Run off can add chemicals and contaminates to the water which can impact the health of the fish.

What often happens with DIY koi ponds is they need to be repaired, redone or removed altogether. It is worth spending a little extra for professional koi pond installation to ensure it is done correctly the first time to avoid more expense and inconvenience down the road.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

Add Fishy Fun to Your Yard with a Koi Pond

Water features are one of the best ways to liven up your yard, adding another living element to your landscaping design. One of the most popular options is a koi pond, which provides the flash of water along with the fun of live fish and water plants, which can bring your yard to life. However, before you grab a shovel and attempt this on your own, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Placement. You need to know where the gas, sewer and other underground pipes are before attempting to create a koi pond. Cracking a pipe could be a very expensive and dangerous mistake. You also need to be aware of nearby trees which may have roots growing near your pond, as these roots will try and seek out the moisture in the pond.
  • Drainage, plumbing and electricity. Depending on the type of pond you’re creating, you may need to have electricity for pumps and lights, as well as a drain system and plumbing. Incorrect drainage or plumbing could cause other major problems to your property.
  • Liners. There are many do-it-yourself water pond liners on the market which claim to last for decades. However, if this is not the case, you will have a large, empty hole in your yard and, sadly, dead koi.

A koi pond can become the focal point of your yard, adding color, life and movement, but it’s worth the investment to use a landscaping service which specializes in installing water features and koi ponds. Professional installation will ensure your pond is built to last, with all the right equipment and utilities it needs to help your new fish flourish.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 649-0818

Adding Water Features to Your Yard

If you have been thinking of adding something that’s a bit different to your landscape design, then consider water features. There are many options from which you can choose when you are adding water features to your yard. A water feature that’s right for your landscape design depends on a number of things including the amount of space you have, your budget, and your taste.

Simple outdoor fountains are one of the first items that come to mind. They are usually quite easy to set up and install and you will have a number of different options when it comes to size and style.

Along the same line as a fountain, you can choose to add a waterfall to your landscape. Waterfalls are more complicated to design and install than a fountain.  For best results, talk to your landscaping professional.  They can create an attractive waterfall that will enhance the beauty and serenity of your yard.

A pond is another type of popular water feature.  Ponds are available in pre-cut shapes ready for installation or your landscaper can create a custom design for you. Some homeowners might want to add fish to the ponds, but be warned that this comes with some added work.

Fountains, ponds, waterfalls, and other water features can be combined to create a unique water feature that adds beauty and serenity to your outdoor living space. Your landscape professional can design and install a low maintenance, environmentally friendly water feature using high quality, quiet pumps and filtration systems that recycle the water.