Fine Gardening for Berkeley and the greater Bay Area
Water features are a wonderful and simple way to bring an immediate focus to your garden. Water takes on a life of its own, and in a simple basin, can simply reflect the sky and plants around it, or if you add a pump, can make wonderful sounds and provide more movement and light.
There are a wide variety of pre-formed pond shapes and liners that are fairly simple to install below grade and then plant around. With a bit of elevation, a small stream bed can be created that falls into a basin and is then re-circulated.
Maintenance of your water feature includes resealing fountains, pump and filter maintenance de-chlorinating your water if you have fish (and providing them refuge from raccoons, if that is an issue), and keeping water levels at their proper levels.
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