Owners of large gardens keep racking their brains to see how they can make their gardens even more aesthetically pleasing! One such special feature that they can add to their gardens is a “water garden”. This includes fountains, small ponds, or pools where water plants and water organisms can coexist. To ensure that the ecology of the water garden does not spoil, a water gardening pump becomes a necessity.
You may ask, “Why a water gardening pump?” After all, the same set up is seen in lakes, large ponds, rivers, etc. And they do not need any pumps! The difference is that what you have in your garden is man-made, and therefore requires special care.
Water needs to circulate if it has to remain fresh. The water gardening pump helps it to do that precisely. The living organisms in the water and the aquatic plants get enough oxygen because of constant water circulation. Experts even refer to this pump as the “heart” since life in the water garden cannot be maintained without its help!
Which insect loves to breed in water? Mosquitoes! That is, if the water is allowed to stagnate. This piece of equipment becomes enemy number one by not allowing them to breed, since it keeps the water constantly circulating!
Where the actual buying of the water gardening pump is concerned, the variety available in the market can make your head whirl! You could go round finding out about each manufacturer. Or you could look them up on the Internet. Whatever it may be, some time has to be spent in researching the market.
There are basically two varieties of water gardening pumps available – external and submersible. As their names suggest, one is kept outside the water while the other is submerged underneath.
The following hints could help you in purchasing just the right type of pump for your needs:
- The water garden has to be thoroughly planned out before going in for the purchase of a pump, not vice-versa.
- If the pump can pump half of the total volume of water every hour, it is good enough.
- Pumps are dependent on climate too. Algae grow easily in warm areas. So, sponge suctioning pumps should not be bought for such climates.
- It is a little difficult to be sure of the exact specifications. So it would be wise to pick up one size larger than actually needed. This pump will “work with vigor”.
- Consult someone who is well versed with water gardening pumps before you go in for the actual purchase.
- Each water garden should have its own separate pump. For instance, what is installed for a pond cannot be used for a fountain too. Even separate fountains need separate pumps.
- Some fountains come equipped with their own pumps. So if you are not interested in an elaborate display, you could go for one of those.
- What is the budget allotted for the water gardening pump? Here the costs should cover initial amount, electricity costs, and maintenance. Each manufacturer would have given a set of instructions with each pump. Go through them and decide which pump falls within your budget.