A Beginner’s Guide to Pond Maintenance
Ponds can be big. They can be small. They can look like natural water features or they can be modern, contemporary pieces. So long as there is flowing water you can immediately improve the overall ambiance of your garden. Regardless of which type of pond or water feature you add, however, there is always going to be maintenance. Without maintenance algae can overgrow and choke out all other life. It will make your pond a murky floor of thick green.
Algae is a great oxygen producer, yes, but you do not want to just cultivate algae when you add a pond to your garden. To keep it clean and stunning, and also useful for a range of animals, fish, and amphibians, you need to use this beginner’s guide to pond maintenance:
Get a Good Pond Filter
First things first, you need a great pond filter. Pond filters do a lot to keep the ecosystem of a pond healthy and they reduce the amount of work that you need to do yourself significantly.
Keep Water Moving
Moving water is imperative for pond health, and the best news is that keeping the water moving in your pond is not just something you do for the sake of your pond, either. Waterfalls are an excellent feature to add to your pond. They sound great, look better, and can really pull together your pond or other water feature. There are so many different kinds as well, including modern and chic looking cascading waterfall blades, like these from water-garden.co.uk.
Clean Your Pond
Moving water and a great pond filter can help prolong your efforts, but there will always be times when you need to get your hands dirty. Unlike natural ponds your ecosystem will never be complete, so you will need to pull your weight. Clean out any decaying vegetation, work to remove algae and reduce oxygenators. If you are particular about the plants that are growing in your pond you will also have to weed.
Keep Your Pond at the Right Water Level
Your pond is not getting water from a natural source, which means that over the summer it will slowly evaporate. Keep an eye on the water level and keep it topped up. This is not just for everything living in your pond; it is actually most important for your waterfall, pond filter, and other systems in your pond that struggle when they suck in large amounts of air.
Stay on Top of Maintenance
You need to maintain your pump, your filter, any lines, the electricals (and more) in your pond. In most cases, there will be user guides and manuals to follow, though in general, they will include cleaning out your mechanical elements on a regular basis.
Part of the maintenance will also be to check and monitor for any leaks. Leaks can completely destroy your overall garden by flooding the root systems of your nearby plants and can also end up costing you an arm and a leg in water costs. This is an extreme example, of course, but in general, leaks make pond maintenance difficult, so if you notice the water levels drop constantly, it is time to figure out why.