A pond can be the perfect centrepiece for your garden — especially if you keep it in tip-top shape. However, maintaining a pond can be a tricky task as you might harm aquatic animals and plant life when you do decide to clean it.
For this, you may need to hear some of the best tips from our garden experts!
How to Keep Your Pond in Top Shape
A lot of British gardens include ponds in their landscape. Some people use ponds to keep fish and toattract wildlife into their yard, while most just enjoy the aesthethic. But, this backyard feature can soon look distasteful under poor or lack of maintenance.
Make it a habit to maintain the pond, and you’ll soon appreciate it as your perfect garden highlight!
To best clean your pond, do it in late autumn when pond life is less active. You can begin by preparing a holding tank to place all your aquatic animals and deep-water plants while cleaning. It should be filled with the same water from the pond.
Next, use a pump to remove all the water. You can transfer any animals into the holding tank as needed.
To help keep smaller animals safe, you can also put any plant material at the bottom of the pond on the side. Then, remove all the silt and scrub your pond clean.
Put back some of the silt to the bottom of your pond before adding in any of the plants. You can then fill it with water (rainwater is usually preferred). Once everything is ready, you can put back your fish into the pond.
2. Water Levels
To ensure that fishes get enough space and oxygen in the pond to survive, you have to maintain its water levels. Ideally, you should use collected rainwater to fill it up.
If you have to use tap water, however, add it slowly so as not to shock the fish.
Just like the rest of your space, you need to rid your pond of weeds too. However, some creatures may be still be clinging to floating weeds after you pick them out of your pond. So, keep the weeds on the side of the pond overnight to help the animals return to the water.
As temperatures drop, the chances of your pond freezing over and killing wildlife in it get higher. It will also depend on how severe frosts will be.
However, you can help delay frost by floating a ball on the surface of the water. You can also install a pond heater or water feature for constant movement.
If you want to melt the ice, on the other hand, placing a hot pan on the water surface is an effective technique.
Fishes in the pond get the oxygen they need from the water. Once it becomes stagnant, these aquatic animals can potentially die.
When it’s summer or long periods without rain take place, you should spray the surface of the pond with hose water to break its surface. A water feature installed in it can also help aerate the water while it’s moving.