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Water Gardens and Pond Kits Buying Guide

Soothing sounds, a pretty backdrop, interesting textures: There's a lot to be loved about water gardens and ponds. If you've never considered adding one -- or if you want to enlarge what you have -- take a turn with water garden and pond kits to make it easier than ever.

Types of Water Gardens and Pond Kits

Types of Water Gardens and Pond Kits

Like nearly everything in an outdoor landscape, there are varying sizes and styles of water gardens and ponds. For some outdoor enthusiasts, a small fountain is enough -- a water feature that adds a backdrop of sound and ambience. For others, a water garden or pond that showcases a few beautiful, unusual plants is perfect. For still other outdoors lovers, a water garden or pond is a chance to flex some design and growing muscles, including lots of unusual plants and even fish, if desired. Whatever your preference, take a look at the types of water gardens and pond kits -- tabletop, in-ground, patio, and bubbler -- as you begin to consider your choices.

Tabletop

Very small water gardens and pond kits that fit on tabletops are great small-space solutions as well as accents for living areas including patios, decks, and porches. These typically need access to an electrical outlet.

In-Ground

In-ground water gardens and pond kits vary in size from very small to expansive. They can be placed in a variety of spots in the yard, typically contain plants, and may have fish and additional features such as rocks and waterfalls.

Patio

Larger than a tabletop water feature but usually smaller than in-ground versions, patio water gardens and pond kits use a container but can sit on the floor of a deck or patio. They may contain plants and fish as well as a small waterfall.

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The Pond Guy

Built In Pre-Filter Handles Debris Up To ¼ Asynchronous Motor Promotes Pump Longevity Ideal For Small To Medium Waterfalls ...Power beautiful waterfalls and large filtration systems with The Pond Guy® UtilityFlo™ Pumps. A long-lasting asynchronous motor handles high pump head pressures while saving on energy costs and a wear-proof ceramic shaft ensures years of uninterrupted use. The built in pre-filter protects the pump from large debris while allowing debris pass-through of up to ¼. A ¾-1 ¼ step down barb fitting or 1 FPT outlet gives you versatility in plumbing design. read more

pond boss

This bag protects your pump by acting as a filter, preventing clogs made up of dirt and large debris. Fits most pond and waterfall... pumps. Drawstring makes it easy to secure pump inside bag. Made of 100 nylon mesh. Eco-friendly and safe for fish and plants. Common Usage Pump protection, Material Nylon mesh, Pump Type Accessory. Protects your pump by acting as a filter, preventing clogs of dirt and large debris Fits most pond and waterfall pumps Drawstring makes it easy to secure pump inside bag Made of 100 nylon mesh Eco-friendly and safe for fish and plants. Model Number: PSWP read more

The Pond Guy

Color Choices To Fit Your Needs Apply To Many Types Of Surfaces Safe For Fish & Non-Toxic Pond Armor® Pond-Shield® Non-Tox...ic Epoxy Pond Liner is a stand alone, fish safe product with no primers or sealers needed. It can be easily applied to most surfaces including: concrete, shotcrete, gunnite, cement, wood, steel, aluminum, tile, stone & rock.Pond-Shield® is a flexible epoxy that combines superior elongation with sheer tensile strength. The tensile bond strength even exceeds the internal strength of concrete. Simply mix both parts together and apply with a squeegee and roller. Pond Armor® Pond-Shield® cures to touch within a few hours and is completely fish and plant safe. Also available in: 1.5 Gallons and 3 Gallons. read more

Tetra Pond

Tetra Pond Tetra Pond Air Pump Kit: APK100 #19706 - Pond Air Pumps

Bubbler

Bubblers don't support the growth of plants; instead, these miniature kits supply the soothing sounds of water, typically in a recirculating variety.

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Lamps Plus

This hand-made patio fountain features whimsical frog accents. The tall, slender shape of this frog motif, Relic Nebbia finish cas...t stone outdoor fountain makes it ideal where space is at a premium. Bubbling water is pumped through the decorative round top piece, illuminated by an LED plume light kit to create ravishing nighttime effects. Henri Studio was started more than 40 years ago when Tuscan sculptor Eneri Prosperi came to the U.S.A. He combined master sculpting techniques with cast stone, a highly dense material with a texture similar to limestone. Made from a special cement blend of coarse and fine minerals, pigments, and water, it is enriched by exclusive finishes that convey vivid natural stone highlights in subtle organic tones. Please note this custom made-to-order design ships for free, but may require freight curbside delivery due to its size and weight. read more

Kenroy Home

Kenroy Home KEH-32401GRY Smoke Gray Bubbler Table Lamp. Lighting > Table Lamps. Kenroy Home Table Lamp, Bubbler Collection, Curvac...ious with character, the soft hues of these Bubbler lamps provide complementary color schemes to any space! In Amber and Grape tones, these transparent glass bodies are topped with similar toned drum shades, Gray Drum Shade, 1-150 Watt 3-Way Bulb; 3-Way Socket Switch, 30" Height x 15" Length x 15" Width:. read more

Kenroy Home

Kenroy Home is classic with lighting designs that remain timeless and elegant. Their designers take special care to develop applic...ation specific lighting with amazing style. Kenroy Home is high style with the most fashion forward and trend setting pendants and ceiling fixtures in the design world. From warm chandeliers over the dining room table to soft and cozy lamps in the family room? Kenroy Home is helping to shine a light on what really matters. read more

Lamps Plus

Charming frog accents add a whimsical touch to this hand-made patio fountain. The small round shape of this frog motif, Relic Nebb...ia finish cast stone outdoor fountain makes it ideal where space is at a premium. Bubbling water is pumped through the decorative round top piece, illuminated by an LED plume light kit to create ravishing nighttime effects. Henri Studio was started more than 40 years ago when Tuscan sculptor Eneri Prosperi came to the U.S.A. He combined master hand-sculpting techniques with cast stone, a highly dense material with a texture similar to limestone. Made from a special cement blend of coarse and fine minerals, pigments, and water, it is enriched by exclusive finishes that convey vivid natural stone highlights in subtle organic tones. Please note this custom made-to-order design ships for free, but may require freight curbside delivery due to its size and weight. read more

Types of Water Gardens and Pond Kits

Types of Water Gardens and Pond Kits

Like nearly everything in an outdoor landscape, there are varying sizes and styles of water gardens and ponds. For some outdoor enthusiasts, a small fountain is enough -- a water feature that adds a backdrop of sound and ambience. For others, a water garden or pond that showcases a few beautiful, unusual plants is perfect. For still other outdoors lovers, a water garden or pond is a chance to flex some design and growing muscles, including lots of unusual plants and even fish, if desired. Whatever your preference, take a look at the types of water gardens and pond kits -- tabletop, in-ground, patio, and bubbler -- as you begin to consider your choices.

Tabletop

Very small water gardens and pond kits that fit on tabletops are great small-space solutions as well as accents for living areas including patios, decks, and porches. These typically need access to an electrical outlet.

In-Ground

In-ground water gardens and pond kits vary in size from very small to expansive. They can be placed in a variety of spots in the yard, typically contain plants, and may have fish and additional features such as rocks and waterfalls.

Patio

Larger than a tabletop water feature but usually smaller than in-ground versions, patio water gardens and pond kits use a container but can sit on the floor of a deck or patio. They may contain plants and fish as well as a small waterfall.

Bubbler

Bubblers don't support the growth of plants; instead, these miniature kits supply the soothing sounds of water, typically in a recirculating variety.

Product Features

Product Features

At first glance, a water garden or pond can seem intimidating to construct, a project that involves lots of moving parts and pieces and the potential for lots of extra work. In fact, water gardens and pond kits make it easy -- but there are some product features to consider that can help make adding and maintaining the feature much easier and less time-consuming. Those include a fountain/waterfall/spitter, a liner, and a pump. Be sure to investigate the features of each; here's a short overview to help.

Fountain/Waterfall/Spitter

Even very small water gardens and pond kits may have some sort of fountain or waterfall element; it's a great opportunity to move water and add pretty backdrop sounds to the landscape. Very small ponds may simply need a powered accent called a spitter.

Liner

Liners are either flexible and soft or pre-formed and hard. Pre-formed will provide a set base shape for the water garden, while the flexible versions can be shaped to fit a custom hole.

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Tetra

Tetra Pond Tetra Pond PVC Pond Liner: 14'L x 21'W - (For Ponds up to 1,500 Gallons) #19095 Tetra Pond PVC Pond Liner is made of hi...gh quality PVC that is resistant to damage from UV rays, punctures and tears. While extremely hardy and durable, the liner is still flexible and can be cut to fit any shape or pond design! Fish safe, high-density PVC material UV, puncture & tear resistant Can be cut to fit any pond design 15-year warranty Pond liner is 20 mils thick for extended durability. Any rips or punctures that do occur can be repaired easily with a PVC Liner Patch Kit.Measuring Tips: Find the desired length and width of your pond and add twice the desired maximum depth. Add an additional 1.5 to 2 feet to each figure to allow for the overlap needed to secure the liner in place. Examples: 7'L x 10'W liner fits 4'L x 6'W x 1'D pond 9'L x 17'W liner fits 5'L x 12'W x 1.5'D pond 14'L x 21'W liner fits 9'L x 16'L x 1.5'D pond - Pond Liners read more

Tetra

Tetra Pond Tetra Pond PVC Pond Liner: 7'L x 10'W - (For Ponds up to 250 Gallons) #19093 Tetra Pond PVC Pond Liner is made of high ...quality PVC that is resistant to damage from UV rays, punctures and tears. While extremely hardy and durable, the liner is still flexible and can be cut to fit any shape or pond design! Fish safe, high-density PVC material UV, puncture & tear resistant Can be cut to fit any pond design 15-year warranty Pond liner is 20 mils thick for extended durability. Any rips or punctures that do occur can be repaired easily with a PVC Liner Patch Kit.Measuring Tips: Find the desired length and width of your pond and add twice the desired maximum depth. Add an additional 1.5 to 2 feet to each figure to allow for the overlap needed to secure the liner in place. Examples: 7'L x 10'W liner fits 4'L x 6'W x 1'D pond 9'L x 17'W liner fits 5'L x 12'W x 1.5'D pond 14'L x 21'W liner fits 9'L x 16'L x 1.5'D pond - Pond Liners read more

The Pond Guy

Color Choices To Fit Your Needs Apply To Many Types Of Surfaces Safe For Fish & Non-Toxic Pond Armor® Pond-Shield® Non-Tox...ic Epoxy Pond Liner is a stand alone, fish safe product with no primers or sealers needed. It can be easily applied to most surfaces including: concrete, shotcrete, gunnite, cement, wood, steel, aluminum, tile, stone & rock.Pond-Shield® is a flexible epoxy that combines superior elongation with sheer tensile strength. The tensile bond strength even exceeds the internal strength of concrete. Simply mix both parts together and apply with a squeegee and roller. Pond Armor® Pond-Shield® cures to touch within a few hours and is completely fish and plant safe. Also available in: 1.5 Gallons and 3 Gallons. read more

Pond Boss

Pond Skins pond liner is great for creating ponds of unique shapes and sizes. Liner is fish safe and is made of a strong polyester... weave encapsulate within the 14.5 mil thick PVC. Outstanding puncture and UV resistance. Texture allows for beneficial bacteria growth, which enhance the pond FTs biological filtration. Limited lifetime guarantee. read more

Pump

A pump determines the pond's flow and provides power for circulation; it may be submersible or external as well as direct-drive or magnetic-drive. Submersible pumps typically have a shorter lifespan and need more regular cleaning.

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The Pond Guy

Built In Pre-Filter Handles Debris Up To ¼ Asynchronous Motor Promotes Pump Longevity Ideal For Small To Medium Waterfalls ...Power beautiful waterfalls and large filtration systems with The Pond Guy® UtilityFlo™ Pumps. A long-lasting asynchronous motor handles high pump head pressures while saving on energy costs and a wear-proof ceramic shaft ensures years of uninterrupted use. The built in pre-filter protects the pump from large debris while allowing debris pass-through of up to ¼. A ¾-1 ¼ step down barb fitting or 1 FPT outlet gives you versatility in plumbing design. read more

pond boss

This bag protects your pump by acting as a filter, preventing clogs made up of dirt and large debris. Fits most pond and waterfall... pumps. Drawstring makes it easy to secure pump inside bag. Made of 100 nylon mesh. Eco-friendly and safe for fish and plants. Common Usage Pump protection, Material Nylon mesh, Pump Type Accessory. Protects your pump by acting as a filter, preventing clogs of dirt and large debris Fits most pond and waterfall pumps Drawstring makes it easy to secure pump inside bag Made of 100 nylon mesh Eco-friendly and safe for fish and plants. Model Number: PSWP read more

Tetra Pond

Tetra Pond Tetra Pond Air Pump Kit: APK100 #19706 - Pond Air Pumps

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

For very small water gardens and pond kits -- such as tabletop varieties -- the purchase considerations are much less involved and complex. But as the size of your proposed pond or water garden gets bigger, it's more important to integrate it into the overall plan for your landscape, and to review carefully the various purchase considerations. Those include size and shape, lights, cleaning accessories, algae and moss control, and power source. Use this helpful, quick guide to those items to get you started on the right water garden and pond kit for you.

Size and Shape

Water garden and pond kits may be available with a predetermined size of container or shape of liner. You can also set the size and shape of your water feature.

Lights

Most water gardens and pond kits are particularly dramatic at night when lit from below. LED lights, which have exceptionally long life and require little energy, are a great option to provide direct white accent light.

Cleaning Accessories

Brushes, skimmer nets, pruners, and waders are great investments to help you maintain a clean and clear water garden and pond.

Algae and Moss Control

Warmer temperatures and more sunlight may cause algae and moss problems for water gardens and pond kits. Additives to a pond will help to control algae and moss.

Power Source

Because pumps are a piece of machinery, they require power; most need electricity, but a few are powered by solar energy.

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