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The Pond Realtor®

Backyard ponds, from the very basic to the complex, can become a real passion for home gardeners. Getting started can be the most difficult step. That’s where Central Texas Realtor® Betty Saenz can be a big help. She has owned and maintained aquariums her entire life, and built her own backyard koi pond in 2009. She and her family having been enjoying their backyard pond ever since.

As an experienced backyard pond Realtor®, Betty Saenz can advise both home buyers and sellers on the proper current market value of a home with backyard pond. She can also help you determine if a new pond is feasible on a property.

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Many homeowners seek to encourage small wildlife like birds, squirrels, and more into their yard. A great way to create a welcoming habitat for small animals is building a fresh water backyard pond or finding a home with a pond. If you love the peaceful sights and sounds of water and want to create a place where all sorts of animals can brighten your day, you’ll be glad to know that building and maintaining a pond can be easier than you might think.

Technological improvements over the past 20 years have made it easier and more economical than ever to build and maintain your pond. The pumps today last a lot longer and are much more energy-efficient. Filters and filtration systems can often be cleaned with a minimal amount of maintenance.

Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery is an amazing local resource for anyone interested in properly maintaining or installing a backyard pond. They are a destination nursery and full service garden center located on 5 acres in the heart of Cedar Park, Texas. Hill Country Water Gardens has show ponds, disappearing streams, fountains, fish, statuary, and garden art. You’ll find a complete assortment of native Texas plants and unusual trees. They also sell organic soil amendments, hardy and tropical water lilies, bog plants, lotus, ornamental goldfish and koi.

Before you dig, design the pond, taking into consideration the surrounding trees and vegetation. Be sure to follow any homeowner’s association or other regulations for the property. Call your utility companies to avoid hitting any underground pipes or wires. It’s better if you can place your pond where it gets some sun but not the full sun. If you can place your pond where there’s a natural slope, or build your own, you can get that beautiful waterfall effect with the water tumbling down rocks into the pool at the bottom. Then, a hidden pump gets the water back up top again. Not only is a waterfall aesthetically pleasing, it can also help aerate and filter your pond’s water.

After you decide where to build your pond, you need to think about what to put in it. You need to cover about half the pond with plants in and around the pond. Plants help by keeping the algae level down, protecting the fish, filtering the water, and providing oxygen. Water from the tap will need to be de-chlorinated and treated similarly as aquariums before you can add fish to the pond. It’s also a good idea to add a bucket of water from a local stream or creek to instantly add millions of organisms that can help the water stay in balance. Goldfish or Koi are easy to care for and can fit into most ponds. Remember that Koi can grow to 12 to 18 inches in length in a garden pond. They’ll need a larger, deeper pond than goldfish.