Pros & Cons of Backyard Ponds


Backyard ponds offer a beautiful focal point for the landscaping behind your house. Building a backyard pond is a project you can undertake yourself; otherwise, you can hire a professional landscaper to come in and install the pond for you. Before you invest the time and money to install a backyard pond, first consider the advantages and disadvantages.

The Advantage of Relaxation

  • A backyard pond can provide a tranquil setting for you to relax and enjoy the outdoors--either by yourself or with friends. The pond can include fish or a waterfall to enhance your experience while relaxing in the yard. In addition, the sound of water in the pond, especially with a waterfall installed, can be stress-reducing.

The Aesthetics Advantage

  • A pond in the backyard will significantly bolster the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space--especially if colorful fish and an eye-catching waterfall complete this landscaping feature. Backyard ponds can be equipped with lights to illuminate the pond during the evening, further enhancing the easy-on-the-eye experience.

The High-Maintenance Disadvantage

  • Backyard ponds require a great deal of maintenance. If your pond is located near trees, removing debris can become a constant maintenance issue. Filters on the pond require maintenance, and finding the correct balance for plant life in the pond might require some experimentation. The amount of maintenance required for a backyard pond depends on the life in the pond. To maintain the life in the pond, the environment must be well-balanced.

The Disadvantage of the Attraction of Pests

  • Different types of ponds can attract pests to your yard. Fish ponds may attract fishing birds, which will make a meal out of your fish. Raccoons and frogs may be attracted to your backyard pond, as well. Frogs can be interesting to watch, but they can be very noisy during the evening hours. Mosquitoes will also pose a problem in ponds that are not well-balanced and maintained.

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