I have been thinking about what to do with my backyard for some time now. With this in mind, I went on a hunting mission to find out about the latest trends in landscaping. The first time I read about a Koi pond, I asked myself “Koi what?” However, the more I heard about them, the more I fell flat on my back over them. Now I’m totally sold on the idea of having one in my backyard.
Koi or “Nishikigoi” in Japanese, are bright orange colored and patterned fish that descended from the common carp! These fish give the ponds in which they are kept this name.
5 Best Benefits of Having a Backyard Koi Pond
So what makes this idea so fascinating? Take a look.
1 — Koi fish make wonderful pets
Do you ever desire to have pets but know that you cannot handle the responsibility that comes with it? Worry no more. The Koi fish are absolutely wonderful pests. Moreover, they require very little care. This is ideal for the busy person. They also love human interactions and can let you feed them from your hand comfortably or let you pat them gently. Furthermore, the ponds need very little maintenance, so you don’t have to worry about costs.
2 — The pond is a natural way to energize your day or unwind
Imagine the joy of starting your day as you gaze at your Koi pond! This is a sure way to let your creative juices start flowing! The sound of flowing water in a fountain, stream, waterfall or river has this therapeutic power to relieve stress and add a spring to your life.
With the Koi pond in your backyard, you can form a daily habit of sitting at the end of the day by the pond to destress. The movement of the beautiful colored and patterned fish and the sounds of the water will be like soothing music to your soul, helping you to reduce your stress levels.
High levels of stress are associated with conditions such as high blood pressure and certain cardiac conditions and depression.
3 — This garden feature adds amazing curb appeal to your backyard
Would you like to do something to your backyard that takes landscaping to an amazing new level? Then the Koi pond is the answer. This refreshing water feature adds an aesthetic appeal that speaks of elegance and style. You will not fail to get that “wow” reaction from your friends and guests any time they visit. What’s more, the ecosystem that is created will keep on changing throughout the seasons-summer, winter, fall, and spring.
Apart from the aesthetic value, a Koi pond upgrades the value of your home should you want to put it on the market.
4 — Experience fascinating nature, right in your backyard
Having a backyard Koi pond is like owning your very own piece of paradise. The bright-colored and energetic Koi fish is a sight to behold! You can add various features to the pod. This can include miniature waterfalls, and rocks of various sizes to give a natural ambiance. Throw in a number of aquatic plants like water lilies, water poppies, Blue Moneywort, water hyacinth to mention but a few. Dragonflies, colorful birds, and beautiful butterflies will also be attracted to the pond, which will transform your backyard into a wonderful ecosystem!
5 — Natural insect control species
Backyards present the best environment for mosquitoes and other bugs, particularly during summer. These can be a nuisance, always spoiling your perfect evening cookout. You may not be so keen on using pesticides. Installing a backyard Koi pond is just your perfect answer. The Koi fish feed on the larvae of these insects, eliminating your crawly enemies! You help contribute to a greener environment by using an organic ‘pesticide’.
If you have been wondering whether a Koi pond would be right for you, I hope this has helped you to settle your doubts. A backyard Koi pond will bring you so much joy you will wonder why you didn’t think of that much earlier.
Republished with permission by DIY Home & Garden.