Owning a koi pond garden is a delightful experience to all pond owners

Owning a Koi pond garden is a delightful experience to all pond owners.  You need to consider several important factors when adding Koi to an outdoor pond garden that already exists or if you are building a pond garden specifically for Koi.

When most people think of a garden, they think of plants but there are several different kinds of gardens and they are all rewarding in their own way.  A Koi garden is not your typical garden. Koi gardens mix several different elements and molds it into a healthy, thriving system consisting of three major parts; the pond, Koi fish, and plant life.

The depth and size of the pond is extremely important to the health of Koi fish.  A pond that contains a depth of at least four feet provides enough room for Koi to thrive and also provides Koi with protection from dangerous predators like cats and raccoons.  In addition, Koi need space since they can grow to large lengths and once you feel comfortable in caring for you garden, larger ponds allow the possibility of adding more Koi.  Consider where you are going to place your Koi garden once you have planned how large your pond will be.  The best place is to position a pond under the shade of a tree which provides protection from flying predators, keeps the Koi out of direct sunlight, and also allowing debris like leaves to fall into the water.  Even a small amount of the average lawn chemicals can destroy Koi fish so it will also have to be in a spot that will avoid it from coming into contact with pesticides or other harmful chemicals.  

Unfortunately, plants and Koi fish do not co-exist well but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have any plants at all.  Sometimes Koi fish can give their owners a hard time when it comes to keeping them in ponds with potted plants by “digging” in the soil. It is also possible for the larger fish to knock the plant over which as well as rummage through the bottom of the pond by eating on the plant’s foliage which leads to a messy pond, creating real problems for owners. To keep the fish from digging in them, owners can wrap netting over the tops of the pots or place pea gravel and larger river stones on top of the plants to keep Koi from invading the pots. 

A great choice of plant for your Koi garden is lilies and there are several different varieties to choose from.  Some lilies do very well in shallow ponds while others thrive in deeper water and although they are not known as oxygenating plants, they provide shelter and shade for Koi. 

Your Koi garden is sure to be beautiful and thrive for many years to come by considering your Koi garden as a whole rather than just considering the plants or just the Koi.

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