Maintaining a Healthy Garden Pond
Maintaining a healthy pond is all about finding certain areas of improvement that will make a huge overall difference, but which are not always suggested by the experts.
Though experts will tell you to just stick to the basics, you should consider looking into hacks that make all the difference. Keeping a healthy pond is not unlike keeping up with health standards when building a swimming pool. Though you obviously don’t need to think about health issues as nobody will be swimming in your pond, you still need to keep the cleanliness of your pond at the top of your mind. This way, maintenance will become minimal.
Without further ado, here are the top five hacks for maintaining a healthy garden pond. Each one, when put into action immediately, will make a difference to the health of your pond. Should you decide to have all of them introduced together at the same time, your otherwise poorly maintained pond will be transformed into a whole new world.
When you introduce scavengers into your pond, such as snails, tadpoles, clams, and a number of others, they go a long way towards helping to control your pond’s algae buildup. This is because they effectively clean away a large majority of this built up algae, and once at a manageable level they will continually feast on it to keep it at this level.
Many pond owners look towards chemical methods of keeping algae under control, and though these work they can also have detrimental effect on the plants, fish, and other creatures within your pond ecosystem. Introducing scavengers to do this work for you is both environmentally friendly and cheaper than any other algae removal solution.
Install a Prefabricated Pond Liner
All pond owners knows how frustrating it can be to have a leak in your pond. Not only do these tiny tears slowly drain the water within your pond and saturate the land around your pond, they can also threaten your pond’s ecosystem, introducing harmful chemicals directly into the water without you ever realising.
When you install a prefabricated pond liner ahead of filling your pond you will have the perfect watertight membrane to provide protection from undue chemicals. Some of the best garden pond liners can be found online, many of which can be cut to size in order to accommodate either a very large or very small area. If you have any questions, you should contact your online specialist.
Measure pH Levels
Measuring the pH levels of your pond is a crucial hack to ensure the survival of the fish and plants within and around the perimeter. You will effectively be measuring in order to indicate whether your pond is more acidic or alkaline, as once you know the level in question you can take measures to move it back towards a more neutral footing.
Using a pH test kit, fill the container that comes with the kit with some of the pond water before adding the chemical from the test kit into the water sample. You’ll now be required to wait a moment to get an accurate reading, with your special instructions letting you know your pond’s pH level based on what colour your sample turns.
Prune and Reduce
A really good hack for maintaining a healthy pond is constantly pruning and reducing plants that are either dying or appear to be taking over the surface of your pond. Though surface plants are great, they can grow very quickly. If you don’t keep your eye on them, they can easily overtake your pond’s whole surface before you know it.
It’s recommended that you should cut back any plant that covers more than 70% of your pond’s surface, as well as remove any dying plants to make way for new ones.
Test for Ammonia and Nitrates
Testing for ammonia and nitrates on a regular basis is crucial for the health of both the fish and plants in your pond. Ammonia is a natural form of fish waste, a buildup of which can cause fish to die over painfully long periods of time.
To remove ammonia in your pond, install a bio-filter, though be aware that it’s this filter itself that will then cause nitrates to become present. Therefore, continued filtering is necessary to ensure both the ammonia and nitrates are reduced.
A backyard fish pond can be a perennial source of pride to the owner. This is thanks to it also being a source of fun to children and attraction to guests. Besides adding beauty to your property, it also teaches you about nature, especially on how you can work towards maintaining an ecosystem harmoniously. Though it will take some work to maintain, you can be sure that it will be worth the effort. You can always turn to the five hacks discussed above if you need any guidance anyway.