Garden Facelift:
Garden_Bridges over Ponds

By Julien Raynal

Adding a garden_bridge and water feature to your backyard can dramatically change the ambience and look of your garden and yard space. A small pond may just be what your yard needs. A small pond can change a drab lawn into a calming and serene retreat.

Backyard ponds with their lush vegetation serve as an invitation to explore. Wood garden bridges or concrete garden bridges crossing the pond can add to the mystery in your backyard and can brighten up the pond and act as focal point. To finish off the facelift, add some outdoor patio furniture that complements your newly completed outdoor refuge.

The pond size you decide to install should be proportional to the size of your yard. If the pond is too big it may take over most of outdoor living space and bring some awkwardness to your yard. The right size of pond and right style of outdoor patio furniture can give your garden the facelift it needs.

Check with your local building officials if you need a building permit to install your pond and your bridge. Some local ordinances require ponds to be fenced if they are deeper than 18 inches. This may determine the depth of your pond. If you live in areas where warm weather prevails for most of the year you could install a pond that is a foot deep. If you live in cooler climates then you may need a pond that is at least three feet deep.

The digging process can be a tiring process. You can probably do this yourself but it can be a fun family project. You need a few simple tools for your project. Give yourself plenty of time to work on your pond and do not rush through the process. Recruit friends to help if it gets to be overwhelming. Make sure you use proper digging techniques to not injure your back. Good posture is important. If you decide to take this project on yourself, it is imperative that you follow the instructions carefully.

Redwood garden bridges or bridges of other materials can be purchased already made or can be made from scratch. There are many different plans online for different kinds of garden_ bridges available.

After you finish the project, make sure you choose plants that accentuate garden bridges and ponds. Garden_Bridges can be perceived as an extension of your deck, complement your decks plants with the plants on the bridge to unify the feel in your back yard

Surround your pond with lush vegetation inviting your guests to explore the gardens. Plants in the pond should also be chosen with care. Choose plants that complement and blend well in your garden and give it a natural look. Water lilies always make a bold statement when in a pond. Include some bog plants too.

Choose outdoor patio furniture that blends with your garden_ bridge as well. Make sure the outdoor patio furniture is placed on a hard surface. If the pond and bridge are a little way from your deck, consider adding a patio by your pond to provide the level surface required for your outdoor patio furniture. With the variety of outdoor patio furniture available you are sure to find some that will compliment your new retreat.