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What’s the best location for a Water Garden? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Question : What’s the best location for a Water Garden?

Answer : It depends on several factors. The main thing is that YOU get maximum enjoyment from the feature!

Many times when I go to a Design Consultation the client takes me to the lowest part of the yard and says “here’s a great area, every time it rains its standing in water”… OK, that might be a great area for a retention pond, but probably not a Koi Pond or Water Garden 🙂 In fact – No runoff water should ever enter your Water Garden!

Here is my beautiful, blooming Water Garden in Summer. Your welcome to come by and see it during business hours at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN. This is a front yard Water Feature.

I design and install a LOT of Water Features. I started my business in 1989 and I have seen almost everything you can imagine when it comes to Water Features and their placement in the Landscape. Some are front yard features, but most (90% +) are backyard Ponds!

I have several Ponds and Water Features around my home & I enjoy my backyard Pond the most I think. But where to put a new feature is something that each project will reveal as I go through the design process with a new client. But there are some tried and true things I want to share with you here about placement and design –

  • Make the Water Feature easily accessible from the home, ie; Not to far away – avoid limiting access.
  • Bring the Pond right up to the patio or deck if possible, make it “Part of the outdoor space”
  • If possible make the Waterfalls view-able from the inside the home.
  • If you can open a door or window and hear the Waterfall that’s a BIG + !

    Position your Waterfalls where you can view them from inside your home! Every time you look out the window this will make you feel good. 🙂

Like I said, most of the Water Features that I install are backyard features, installed for the enjoyment of the family & friends. Some are front yard features that were designed for curb appeal, to be seen by passers, to welcome guests or even to create a beautiful scene from a dining room window. But ALL are special! Before you start on your Water Feature, seek advise from a professional Water Feature Designer. Getting another opinion or ‘set of eyes’ to look at your landscape can bring some exciting ideas to the table for you & your new Water Garden!

Thanks & Happy Pondering!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
www.cartercountry.com

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