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Does the sound of water and the beauty of nature seem to instantly relax you? If so, why would you not want to add this to your own yard and living space? A water lilies pond - e.g. following a Japanese garden pond design - will allow you to have that piece of nature right in your own backyard - even if you are in the middle of the city.
Just imagine hearing the tinkling of water flowing over rocks and watching water lilies move with the breeze in the privacy and comfort of your own backyard. Where do you start in planning and designing a water lilies pond?
Water gardening is not something that you should be scared or afraid of. If you enjoy puttering around in your yard, you will enjoy taking care of floating pond plants, too. One of the first things that you need to consider for your water lilies pond is the location. As with anything else, location is very important to ensure your satisfaction. Do you want it to be the focal point of your yard or do you want it to be set in a private area? Do you want to be able to see it from inside your home? Does the location get at least six full hours of sunshine daily? All of these are considerations in determining where the best location would be for your lilyponds.
After you determine where you would like to place your lilypond, you are ready to decide what size of pond that you want. Smaller ponds will, of course, need fewer plants, while larger ponds will need more plants.
By keeping in mind how much time you will want to devote to water lilies plant care, you can determine which size of pond is best for you and your needs, as well as the location that you have chosen. Water lilies are known for being very hardy, so as long as they get the sun they need, you will have beautiful blooms that will give your pond great color and beauty.
After you have your water lilies pond set up and ready, you are ready to start selecting your floating pond plants. There are a few things that you need to know about water lilies.
For example, water lilies like to be in water that is eighteen to thirty inches deeps and adapt to the water depth that they are put in as long as it is in this range. One rule of thumb that you want to consider is the smaller the water lily, the shallower the water, while larger water lilies like deeper water.
Water lilies do not like running water or to be splashed, like that you will find with fountains, pond streams or waterfalls, simply because the stomata on the top of the plant absorb oxygen and if these tiny holes are covered with water, the plant can die or bacteria can enter the plant and multiply. Water lilies plant care is comparatively easily.
During the summer, you only have to remove the dead leaves and flowers to keep them healthy and blooming. Also remove little, leaf-eating caterpillars that are mostly sitting in the center of the floating leaves.
Water lilies pond can give you the perfect place to rest and relax after a hard day of work or play. Whether you live in the country or the city, you will find that lilyponds can give you that piece of nature that you want and need.