Spring is nearly here! With that comes yard preparations and enhancements. Adding a fish pond might be just what you need to make your garden the happening place. But with the pond comes serious considerations. Electrical needs are a must at a minimum. You will also need water pumps for filtering systems and adding some ambient lights is another great option. Not matter what you decide, ultimately you need a game plan.
Burley Electrical Services would like to make a few suggestions as to the electrical wiring, landscape lighting and other features to optimize your ponds potential.
1. Always put safety first. If you have frequent little children over, or young ones residing on the premises, perhaps hold off on the pond, or install safety features to protect them.
2. Check community bylaws. No one wants to get hit with fines due to ignorance. Before beginning the pond venture, make sure you are following codes and regulations.
3. Look for prime location. Install away from trees and their roots systems. Avoid the falling leaves and branches from landing in your pond. If possible, keep your pond nearby to avoid local wildlife from fishing or damaging foliage. Optimal for quiet and secluded areas for reading or pondering, but still close enough to your home to keep an eye on activities.
4. Electrical GFCI Outlet. Have a year-round available outdoor GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) electrical outlet for pumps, and lighting of applicable.
5. Below or above ground ponds. Decide whether or not you want to dig into the dirt and drop the mold in, or build a raised bed above ground. A lot of folks prefer the safety aspect of the raised placement as it helps reduce the risk of falling into the pond if it should get camouflaged by snow or leaves. To save a few bucks on the plastic pond molds, check local adds for used ones. Getting them for free or a fraction of the cost can help make the project a little less pricey, plus you are recycling plastic before they lay to waste. Some local recycling or second hand stores may have some as well.
6. Pond pump and electrical lighting. Once you have the pond in, establishing the electrical design is needed. Most like to bury the cords and wires, pre-digging the trench is a wonderful way to cut costs and make your electrician happier. Bur for your electrical needs, it is prudent you hire a professional. Doing your own electrical work can be extremely dangerous, and is against the law in many counties. The wrong move can land you or a loved one in critical care or even a fatal accident. Fires could start, or electrical currents can blowout. Hire an electrician for the electrical needs of your pond. He or she can consult with you on your ideas and desires, and may even offer more convenient or more esthetically pleasing solutions.
7. Add your water and preferred water treatments. Be sure to follow labels directions and the products you use are safe for fish and/or plants.
8. Plant your desired shrubs. Find what does well in your climate and along ponds. Once planted, wait at least two days before adding fish. And remember, ponds are enjoyable, but come with year round maintenance and care. Be sure you are ready for the commitment.
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A pond is an exceptional way to add tranquility to your garden, along with landscaping. No matter your ideas, Burley Electrical Services, Inc. can assist you. Our electrical professionals offer a wide variety of electrical services, and have the expertise and experience to efficiently meet all your electrical needs.