Garden Water Feature Installation Cost
Prices for garden water features
Building a well thought out water feature in your garden can add significant value to your house as well as making your garden look much more attractive. Ponds, fountains and other features can add character and breathe new life into tired gardens while making your home more attractive to potential buyers, as well as make the garden a much nicer place to enjoy the occasional sunny days we have in the UK! Ponds are not necessarily high maintenance, though there is some maintenance involved it's not too difficult or time-consuming.
However, a neglected pond will quickly become an eyesore so proper pond maintenance is important. There are many different types and sizes of garden ponds, some can also incorporate a small waterfall or fountain and they can be located in the patio or on the lawn. You can even have several ponds at different levels flowing into each other for maximum visual impact!
Average water feature installation costs
Things to consider with garden water features
When creating a garden pond, remember that the work is not finished once the pond is completed, you still need to stock it with plants and fish, and for these to thrive and survive, you’ll need to look after the pond an make some purchases from your local DIY centre or aquatic store. Water needs to be aerated, you may need herbicides or pesticides to keep your pond clean. Always keep an eye on the condition of the water and do not let it become too dirty as fish can’t breathe and plants won’t thrive in dirty water.
A great cost-effective way to keep your pond fresh is to get an ultraviolet light bacteria killer. This uses a simple pump to pass water under a strong ultraviolet light killing harmful bacteria as it circulates. In any case, your pond will almost certainly need a circulation system using a pump to keep the water fresh which usually needs to be connected to the mains electrical supply so be very careful when installing!
Fountains and other water features will also require a pump, so it may be worth hiring an electrician to establish a safe mains power supply to your garden for all your features. Try to always maintain the water level in garden water features with a pump, as low water levels can cause the pump motor to burn out and will also make more noise. There are three main types of water fountain to choose from: Floor or free-standing, Tabletop and Wall mounted units.
Doing it Yourself
If you are considering a garden pound you can always go for the old-fashioned method and dig out the pond yourself! This is by far the cheapest method but the amount of work required, even for a small pond, is not to be underestimated! Even digging out a small pond is seriously hard work and not for the faint of heart, but it does not require much in the way of skills so it certainly can be done as a DIY project, especially if you want to get fit!
All you need to do is buy a liner from the local DIY superstore to line the base of your pond, or alternatively, you can buy pre-made moulds. Then it’s time to start digging, with a liner you can dig until you feel the pond is deep and wide enough then simply insert the liner, but with a mould, you will have to dig out an area to fit the mould perfectly so when inserted it is flush with the ground.
Building your own pond is definitely the cheapest option, but it’s up to you whether you can face all the hard work! Either way, you will need to invest in a good pump and filtration unit to keep the pond clean and then add plants and wildlife to suit. Larger ponds especially with running water features may still require a gardener or landscaper as they will have all the necessary skills.
Garden water feature checklist
- A well-planned garden pond is much more than just a nice feature
- Water features increase the enjoyment of gardens
- Simple is usually better, a basic informal wildlife pool can be stunning
- Water features can lose water through evaporation faster than you think
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
What about pond maintenance?
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How do I stop algae growth in the pond?
Pond needs a complete overhaul.
Submitted by Louise
Setting up pond equipment /pumps.
Submitted by Brian
To clean the middle size pond with Koi.
Submitted by Elena
Water leak from fish pond and waterfall.
Submitted by Les
Need small pond serviced/cleaned.