When you installed your pond, you probably didn’t think about regular maintenance to keep it in the best possible shape. You just want to sit back and enjoy its benefits without having to spend any more time or money on it. The truth is, it’s very crucial to care for your pond, especially once summer and spring give way to the colder months. The changing weather can take a toll on your pond and make restoring it difficult. Also, because your pond is full of water, it can be a breeding ground for mold, bacteria, fungus or other microorganisms to grow and multiply. That’s why pond management is so important.
There are various things you can do to maintain your pond and keep it in tip-top shape.
Clean Your Pond
Over time, your pond will collect dirt and debris. Not to mention, leaves can be a major threat when they decay and release noxious gases if they fall into your pond. Use a skimmer net to clean the reservoir. Grab a pond vacuum to get the sludge from the bottom of your pond. To do a full cleaning, drain all the water with a pump or container. Then, scoop up the sludge and clean the liner as well as the edging materials with a stiff brush.
Keep Nearby Plants Away
Use a trap net to catch falling leaves and to keep them out of your pond. Regularly empty the net to prevent the leaves from falling into the water. Also, using a garden shear, prune trees that are hanging over your pond. Shading trees can block sunlight from getting to your pond and aquatic plants. This hinders photosynthesis, which can cause your plants to wilt or even die.
Having a well-maintained pond is sure to make you feel accomplished. Taking care of something that matters to you can be quite satisfying.