article: Barrels Tubs and Kettle Pools
Barrels Tubs and Kettle Pools
Water gardens can be created in a variety of sizes, shapes and in many areas of
your landscape. If you are interested in a smaller very controlled water garden,
barrels, tubs of all type and kettles are some of the types of items that you
can use in creating a small water garden. Wood barrels can be lined with
plastic, kettles can be rust proofed, and tubs can be set in a manner with the
drain plugged creating unique water gardens. These things donít have to be set
on top of the soil or on the deck to be a water garden, you can also dig a hole
to fit the size of this container and build the in ground small water garden.
You might even enjoy the container water garden that is half way placed in the
ground for both enjoyment and beautifying your landscape.
Make sure if you are not going to use any type of liner that you scrub out the
inside of the container and that any bleach or chemicals that you are using to
clean with is totally washed out with clean clear water. Both fish and plants
will die or become sick if you leave too much chemicals in the container.
If you are using a wood container, you will have to coat the wood with some type
of liner so that your wood will not rot away. If you are going to paint or coat
the wood with polyurethane, you can still have problems not with the wood, but
the fish or the plants absorbing the chemicals. The best option is some type of
plastic or rubbing lining in the wood barrel so that the water will not hurt the
wood and the coating will not affect the fish or the plants.
If you have a metal barrel that you donít want to have rust away and affect the
container or the plants or fish, lining it with a rubber or pvc, or plastic
lining first will ensure that you have continued success with your container
water garden for years to come. Keeping your metal container water garden in an
area that is not in the full sun all the time will be best for your fish. The
metal is going to keep the high temperature water, hotter, which adds stress for
both fish and the plants in the metal container. Just a few hours of sunlight, a
day will balance the environment for the fish.
Creating the small water garden in your yard is easy using any type of container
that you feel is going to fit what your landscape should look like. Using a
liner will prolong the life of most all types of containers, washing containers
out before using them is a good idea, and keep your small container water
gardens out of the sunlight is a suggestion that will improve the quality of
life for the plants and the fish in the container water garden. Keep in mind
that you donít have to have all your containers above ground, they can be set
half way in the soil to keep them a little cooler and for even a more unique