Ponds are a great addition to any garden. Not only do they look good, but also diversify the place and support wildlife in the area. If you wish to make your garden a better place, you should look to get a pond there.
If you do decide to go that way, you have to consider the fact that ponds require a lot of attention and care. Without it, it will become a mess of weeds, overgrown plants and messy water that is not healthy for fish. In other words, if you are negligent, your pond will turn into a bog garden in no time. In this guide, we are going to look at some ways you can maintain your garden pond so that it doesn’t end up this way.
First of all, you need to consider the fact that autumn is probably the best way to clean the pond. That is when living organisms are less active, making it easier to achieve your goals. To ensure effective cleaning, you should follow these steps:
Get a tank for the fish and plants
Some of the marginal plants will survive out of the pond for some time without a problem, as long as you keep them moist in a shady place. As for fish, you will want to use water from the garden pond itself, unless it is murky.
Drain the pond dry
Use a pump for this job. If you don’t have one, you can always rent it. At this point, you should be ready to remove fish, as the water level drops. The same goes for plants.
Separate decaying plants
As you will soon enough find out, there is no doubt that some of the plant material will be decaying. You want to separate that to the side. This will also get some of the smaller creatures to return to the pond.
Remove the slit
Next up; you have to scoop up some of the accumulated slit in the base of the pond. Keep some of it, as you will want to add it back to the pond so that tiny organisms can re-establish properly.
Clean the liner
Use a scrub brush and some water to clean the liner. Make sure to bail out the dirty water with a bucket or other container.
Refill the pond
If you have saved any of the previous garden pond water, now is the time to return it. Add more water (rainwater, if possible). Now is your chance to reposition your plants in a way that you prefer. Conclude by returning any fish and other creates you have separated from the garden pond.
One of the most important things you should consider is pond winter care. You will need to consider some steps to keep ice from killing any fish. Remember, if the water freezes, it cuts oxygen access below. That is why you should use a pond heater if you live in a colder area.
Use a pump to improve oxygen circulation and levels Prune some of the branches overhanging above, to improve the amount of light the garden pond gets. This allows for the algae to continue with their photosynthesis, supplying the water with oxygen. If you lack many oxygenating plants, you can add some more in spring.
All of these tips aim to help you take care of your garden pond. It is especially important to do so, to ensure that it looks great and continues to serve your garden well.