What is that special addition to your garden that brings the space closer to nature? If you enjoy a beautiful pond in your garden, you are certainly impatient to make the most of it this spring. However, to keep the pond in top condition is not always a simple job. You need to know how to clean and maintain the pond appropriately, to let it function throughout spring and summer. Here are the best tips for pond maintenance:
- Clean – never let your pond become messy, otherwise, its looks might be the least of your problems. Untended debris is likely to lead to your pond malfunctioning, therefore you might face costly repairs. To allow the pond’s smooth functioning, remove fallen leaves or debris visible on the surface. If you want to deep clean the pond, drain the water first. Then use a pressure washer to clean inside stones or gravel. From time to time you should turn on the clean-out pump to get rid of filthy water. Once done, fill the pond with clean water.
- Address surrounding plants – your water feature probably looks even more relaxing when surrounded by lush tall trees and various plant species thriving in spring. However, plants nearby might become a potential threat to your pond because of the huge amount of leaves falling in the pond. To protect the pond from leaves and other debris, cover the surface with a trap net. Of course, you don’t have to keep the pond covered with a net all the time, but when a particularly windy day has been forecasted, remember this tip. Another benefit of the trap net is protecting your pond’s wildlife from predators. If you intend to keep the net for a longer period, make sure you empty it regularly to prevent it from falling into the pond. If you grow a tree hanging directly over the water feature, trim the plant nicely to avoid blocking the sun.
- Take care of water plants – if you haven’t added water plants to your pond yet, spring is the best moment to do this. Especially in late spring when the water is warm enough to promote plant growth, but not too hot to negatively affect the plants. Water lilies, marshes and floaters are some of the options you have to bring nature to your water feature, so pick your species and learn how to take care of them. Just like any other plant, water plants require fertilising, so don’t forget to boost your health with a suitable fertiliser. Given the fact that some animals in the pond will probably use the plants as food, go for the most harmless, chemical-free fertiliser you can find. If for some reason a water plant doesn’t survive, remove it right away to avoid the formation of toxins in the water.
- Check on algae growth – these micro-plants have both advantages and disadvantages, so you need to take control over their growth in the pond. While you might be tempted to remove all algae from your water feature, don’t forget that some of the aquatic animals use algae as a source of food. For that reason, you should prevent algae from growing excessively, rather than removing everything. When it comes to getting rid of algae, you can deal with the job with artificial, as well as natural means. In the first case, you can benefit from a rake to physically remove algae from the pond. An ultraviolet water purifier is also a solution to control algae growth. If you prefer handling the problem naturally, simply grow powerful water plants like lilies or hyacinth that will compete with algae for nutrients and light.
A well-kept water feature is what every homeowner needs to improve the image of their garden. Remember these tips for marinating your pond in an outstanding shape this spring.
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