We installed this boulder water garden back in 2007 for a very nice couple in Leesburg, Virginia.
A source of pride and joy for the homeowners, the pond has been enhanced over the years by their special care and continual planting additions. I met with the clients again recently. We will be installing a back yard patio for them in the very near future.
The homeowner loves to work outside in her garden and her water feature. She climbs right into the pond and pulls out some of the algae by hand. Too much algae can deplete the pond of oxygen which is essential for a healthy ecosystem.
The key to a low maintenance water feature is a balanced ecosystem. Filters, pumps, plumbing, and rocks (all included in our installation) along with the correct plants and fish are all essential elements.
Betty also has snails in her pond and an underwater oxygenating plant called Anachoris to help aid the process. She is proud of her water feature, which is kept beautiful naturally. And, her fish are very happy as they have plenty of places to hide.
A view from a different angle.