Add A Bridge and Pond To Your Landscaping
There is no limit to the kinds of landscaping you can do in your backyard. You are limited only by your imagination.
If you have a large back garden, give some thought to installing a water garden, with a bridge crossing over it. Water gardens can provide such a soothing vista to the eye, and the bridge over it will add a charming touch.
It’s quite possible for you to buy a simple bridge kit from some home improvement stores, and even from the internet where a wide variety of bridges, constructed of wood or metal are available, depending on your preferences. These bridges vary in length from 4 feet upwards, and from bridges with no rails to one rail, to a rail on both sides, or simple rails of rope to span masses of sand, or rock, or water.
For a bridge you need water for it to span
If you’d like to add a pond or water garden to your garden, it’s certainly possible for you to do it yourself. You’ll have to make your plan carefully so that you can build it as efficiently as possible. The best thing to do is purchase a do-it-yourself kit which comes with all the materials you’ll need, all specially shaped so that you won’t have to bother yourself with that part of it. However, be aware that adding a pond is extremely labour intensive.
There are companies that not only offers do-it-yourself pond kits, but also waterfalls! If a garden pond is a great conversation piece, think of what the addition of a small waterfall would do. There are a variety of design kits.
What to know before you start
Before you can start building your pond, you’ll first have to check the electrical and regulations for your area to make sure you can build the pond that you want.
Then determine where you want your pond. You must give this a lot of thought, as once it’s installed it would be extremely inconvenient to move. If you live in a location that gets very cold, or has lots of snow in winter, that will be a consideration as well. Because the water in a pond is always moving, thanks to the pump, it will probably never freeze…but it is important that you maintain the pump properly so that the worst does not happen.
It’s only after you decide on the type of pond you’ll have that you’ll get the bridge to go over it!
But it’s not necessary to have a water garden or pond in order to enjoy the look of a bridge. Japanese gardens, for example, quite often have a bamboo bridge simply leading right up to the edge of a rock garden. You’ll want to surf the web to see all the possibilities, and then take it from there. If you have a summerhouse it can be really good to sit outside and admire your garden. Bliss!
Wooden Garden Bridges – What to Consider
There are times when we see something nice and we think of it as a nice addition to our home. There are times, too, when that addition does not simply add up and fail to reach our expectations. If you are fond of looking at home furnishings and structures that can adorn the interiors and exteriors of your home, then you should think deeply first and try to weight the pros and cons of having something before you decide to buy it.
For instance, you may have seen a beautiful piece of statue that you think would look perfect for a corner in the garden but then looked ridiculous when you finally had it. Now, since a garden bridge is one structure that can be placed in the exteriors of your home, let us delve deeper into the considerations you should take before you order one for your property:-
1. Loving what you saw.
It is true that there are many home furnishings and structure which are pleasant to the sight. One such example is a handcrafted garden bridge that you can use in your garden. Be solved on the idea of having a small bridge on your garden and imagine how you and the family will use it.
2. Where to Place It
You may love how the bridge looks like in the photo but you have to think of where you can place it in your property. The good news is that the wooden garden bridges of today do not only serve as gap bridges but also as decorative elements. This means that you need not have a body of water (such as a pond) in your property before you can have a bridge. Since a small garden bridge is a very effective decorative piece, you can use it almost anywhere from koi ponds to garden beds to dry river beds or even to adorn a regular garden path.
3. Short Span or Long Span Bridge?
Of course, you do not simply point a lovely piece of wooden bridge and plop it down your property. If you want your garden bridge to be perfect in the perfect setting, you need to take necessary measurements. If you will be placing it over a koi pond, then take the measurement between the two ends of the pond. If you will simply put it as a decorative element in a garden path, then you can opt for shorter bridges. The great news is that you need not adjust based on what is available since many wooden bridge makers of today custom-make your bridge based on your needed measurements.
4. Deciding on the Details
Aside from the length of the garden bridge, you also need to decide on a few details that you would want for your bridge. To be able to make sure that your bridge fits perfectly in your garden or home theme, you can consider different styles and designs. Choose from single or double rails or you can also choose the type of wood to be used. California redwood is one ideal type of wood that can look magnificent in any garden setting.
A Beginner’s Guide to Garden Bridges
Garden bridges can make a dramatic focal point in your garden. A small pond or rock garden can turn into a work of art with a small arched bridge over it. You can make your yard look formal, or tranquilly Japanese, or even country, depending on the style of bridge you choose.
Residential garden bridges can be found at home improvement centers or ordered online. They come with complete and simple directions for assembling them. To look them up, try arch, Asian, foot, garden, landscape, oriental, ornamental, or wood bridges. All of these are names for a small arc-shaped bridge.
If you love to do-it-yourself, and are competent at it, it is a fairly uncomplicated process to make a garden bridge. Here are some tips for you to follow:
· Choose your spot, preferably over a pond, a rock garden, or some other area of interest.
· Measure the distance you will be spanning, adding one foot to each side to account for the arch, and to securely support the ends of the bridge on firm ground.
· Choose the wood you will use; it should be pressure-treated timber, redwood, or cedar, to withstand the weather and to keep maintenance at a minimum.
· Cut your base or bring measurements to your home improvement centre and they will cut the pieces for you. This is also true for the flat slats. Your slats should be two inches thick, four or five inches wide and four feet long.
· Set your base and lay the planks across it, leaving an inch between each one to allow for drainage of rainwater. Screw them into place using long, weather-resistant wood screws.
· Stain or paint the bridge, using a good, outdoor product.
· Once it is thoroughly dry and has been positioned, it needs to be securely anchored.
It is a good idea to make a concrete pad at both ends of your bridge. Dig a small square hole at each end and fill it with wet concrete. Immediately position your bridge over the squares and drill holes into the wood ends of your base. Insert long, thick, concrete bolts through the holes and allow the concrete to harden around them. Allow it to dry completely before using the bridge.