If you have acreage to work with, ponds are quite fun to have. Go swimming or floating, stock them with fish and go fishing and enjoy numerous other activities. Some people even put a small boat in their ponds and relax with a friend or two drinking ice cold brews. In all seriousness, ponds are great to have for so many reasons, but they require some maintenance. Here are some tips to help you address the maintenance issues with your pond.
It’s important to look at pond maintenance according to the seasons. The location also comes into play. For example, you might have a lot of trees around you that shed their leaves. Those leaves and other debris can settle right on top of the water. Fail to remove them consistently, and what you’re going to have is sludge and leaves building up on the pond floor.
To remove them, you’re going to use a skimmer, just like you would with a pool. And if the leaves do build up with sludge on the bottom of your pond, you can use a pond vacuum, just like you would use a pool vacuum. Just be sure you don’t vacuum up any fish. You see, this can be kind of comical, don’t you think?
Speaking of fish, many people do like to stock their ponds with them. That’s one of the main reasons that people have ponds in the first place. If you have fish, you are going to need to realize that there is what’s called a feeding season. Yes, you have to feed those fish, just like you would in an aquarium. When you do, you stop during the winter.
It’s important to take the temperature of the water in order to know when to start feeding them again. Additionally, you are going to want to make sure that you use food for cold weather at first. That is for when the water is 50 degrees. Once the water reaches a nice warm 60 degrees, however, you can go ahead and feed them warm weather food for the season. And we’re talking water temperature here, not the temperature outdoors.
When you need to add water to your pond, you’re going to want to use a dechlorinator. Also, did you know that you can add plants to your pond? It’s actually encouraged, and you can use three different kinds of plants: Submerging, Emerging and Floating.
You might also want to address winter aeration and setting up a pump for your pond. My uncle has a pond, and sometimes his fish go through the pipes. He has to rescue them and put them back in the pond when he is using the pump for maintenance.
There are so many maintenance tips when it comes to keeping a pond looking nice and functioning properly for the fish and your lawn. That being said, your aim isn’t to exactly keep it like an aquarium or a swimming pool. It is a fish pond after all, but you do want to know maintenance steps so that you keep your pond looking good.