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Water Garden In Your Garden


Quentin Bell's Levitating Lady Sculpture at Ch...
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Ok – So Quentin Bell’s Levitating Lady Sculpture at Charleston Farmhouse garden in Sussex UK may not be available for your own water garden but there are other options available.

Water gardens can range from simple puddles of water to massive elaborate constructions costing – well almost anything.

So the first consideration is the purpose of the water garden. Is it to add an element of reflection, attract birdlife, be a focal point to house wetland type plantings, keep fish and tadpoles or float waterlilies.

The second consideration should be the budget for this project. And water gardens can range from a few rand to almost anything. Add into the budget the cost of maintenance.

The third consideration would probably be to decide if it is a DIY project or a job for a contractor. Small water gardens can easily be created by digging a shallow hole – maybe 500mm to 1m deap and as large as you want and lining it with PVC, surrounding with appropriate plantings, filling with water and job done. This is a weekend project.

Alternatively a more elaborate structure may require gunite or concrete linings and mechanical excavators. Not really an average DIY job but doable. Same principle as building a swimming pool. Easy peasy.

Whatever direction you choose to go, a water garden is an essential part of any holistic and ecologically diversified garden. But build it after the kids have learned to swim. They will play in it and they will run into the house covered in mud.

If You want to build a watergarden and need help – live in the Highway area KZN call Matt – he’ll help.  Contact details

Little Giant Pump 566407 4300 GPH Pond Pump
publisher: Little Giant Pump
EAN: 0101211338101
sales rank: 122572
price: $161.00 (new)

Ideal for use in waterfall and stream applications, this powerful direct drive pump features a unique dual discharge design for operation of 2 water features simultaneously. This pump is extremely versatile, able to be used vertically or horizontally. Powerful direct drive pump produces greater starting torque and flow pressure than comparable magnetic drive submersible pumps. Corrosion resistant body designed for nonpotable submersible use. Maximum pumping height of 30′. 3 year warranty.

Tetra Pond Debris-Handling Pump DHP3600, Ponds up to 3000 Gallons
publisher: Tetra
EAN: 0046798265696
sales rank: 94533
price: $167.88 (new)

Tetra Pond DHP3600 is a debris-handling pump for ponds up to 3000 gallons. The DHP’s impeller design allows it to resist blockage and pass 1/4″ debris without clogging the pump. Clean your pond- not your pump! These pumps are energy efficient and are capable of powering filters, waterfalls, and streams. They are also oil-free, so they will not contaminate aquatic life. For maximum flow use 1 1/2″ ID tubing. Also fits 1 1/4″ ID tubing. UL Listed and includes a 3-year limited warranty.

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Chicken Coops Plans – 4 Tips To Get The Job Done!

Do you want to raise chickens? Are you looking to find the right way to give them a comfortable home? Good! Before actually obtaining your livestock, you should ensure that you get them the perfect place to live – which is where chicken coops plans can help you!

A poultry house can literally cost thousands of dollars, but it does not have to be this way. By embarking on a DIY project, you could save a huge amount of money, and actually have some money along the way.

There are plenty of things that need to be taken into account before starting the build, and here are what I consider to be the top 4!

#1 – Making enough space

The reality is that the more space you can provide the better. Trying to squash your chickens into a small space will result in them being uncomfortable. They may even become aggressive and start to attack each other.

Here is a top tip for you; try and ensure that each chicken has around 5 square foot of space each. Chicken coops plans will essentially suggest the same thing.

#2 – Ease of maintenance

Chickens can be messy at times, so they are definitely going to need cleaning. They need cleaning on a regular basis, so the coop needs to be built in such a way that it makes it extremely easy, otherwise it could become very time consuming for you.

The first thing you need to decide is whether you will be using water to clean the interior. If so, then where will the drainage points be and how will you ventilate it? Also, is the coop built in such a way that it allows for easy access?

#3 – Security first!

When reading through chicken coops plans, you will probably notice that they mention way to protect your animals from predators. There are lots of little things that you can do, such as reinforcing entry points with strong mesh wiring, as this always helps.

Tip #4 – Keeping it comfortable

The poultry house needs to be constructed in such a way that it is suitable for its inhabitants in both the winter and summer. This means that ventilation points, along with insulation will all have to be installed.

Raising it off the ground will usually solve the problem of flooding. All of these types of things are detailed in chicken coops plans.

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