Important Considerations For Choosing A Submersible Pond Pump
As springtime approaches many homeowners start planning their garden projects for the year. Maybe they want to plant new flowers or trees, or maybe it’s time to start a vegetable garden. Another choice for your garden would be to add a water feature like a fountain or a pond. For either option you will probably have to buy a submersible pond pump, and there are several things you need to take into consideration when selecting your pump.
Size of Your Pond
Even if you do not plan to have a fountain but only a pond, you will still need a pump to move the water around. Stagnant waters tend to look murky and that is not going to help your garden appeal. Besides being necessary for the water in your pool, the pump can also help with creating a soothing atmosphere. Maybe you remember a time when you were listening to a small river in the forest. The babbling sound of moving water can be very soothing, and a pump can help recreate that experience. When you are ready to select your pump, you will need to know the size of your pond. It is common to want to recirculate all the water in your pond at least once every hour. Therefore, a 400 gallon pond would need a pump that can handle 400 gallons per hour.
Height of the Waterfall
A pond by itself may look a little boring. What can really add to the appeal of your pond is to add more water features such as a waterfall or a fountain. There are many varieties for both and you will not be sorry for adding either one. However, you have to make sure that your pond pump can handle the water pressure. It would look really silly to have a fountain that is five feet high with the water just kind of drizzling out. Low water pressure is okay for your garden hose, but not for your fountain or waterfall. Your pump needs to be able to handle an elevation even higher than your fountain. That way there will still be enough pressure at the highest point. Just imagine yourself sitting in a comfortable lounge chair looking at your beautiful pond and listening to the water bubbling down the waterfall or spouting out of the fountain. It will sound and look great.
What Else You Might Need
In addition to your submersible pond pump, you will want to add other features to your pond. The good news is that your choices are endless. You can drastically change the look of your water garden pond by adding different kinds of plants inside and outside of the pond. Your garden furniture can make the place look very classy and elegant or very cozy and comfortable. You could even have a rock garden around it instead of lush, green grass. You could also use trees around your pond to keep it shaded. When you plan the surrounding area of your pond, keep in mind that many trees shed their leaves. This means you will have to work more to keep the pond clean. Depending on how much time you have to take care of your garden, this may not be a problem. However, if you are very busy, you could choose to design your pond to be easy to upkeep.