Keeping Your Pond Clean

A water fixture adds an automatic extra layer of depth to any home garden or front yard. Serving as a visual centerpiece or even a habitat for keeping your own fish, ponds can be a great addition to larger lots.
 

They do, however, come with their own set of unique challenges. You might find yourself on a new property, managing pond maintenance for the first time. What are the dos and don’ts? How do you keep it clean?

 

Here’s an overview of pond cleaning necessities that might fill in some gaps even if you’ve had a pond for years.

 

Avoiding Algae

Algae sit at the top of the list since it tends to be a pond owner’s most consistent concern. Algae can quickly take over and choke your pond, making it unsightly and destroying the environment for any potential fish.

 

One of the best ways to prevent algae is to put less-invasive plants in your pond to absorb the nutrients so algae doesn’t have free rein. Lilies and lotus plants fulfill this role effectively, also adding a visual appeal to your pond. They work even better combined with submerged plants like anacharis, hornwort and parrot’s feather.

 

If algae has already started to take over your pond, you can remove much of it with simple tools. Even a toilet brush can be used to catch and remove string algae. A skimmer is a classic tool crucial for pond maintenance. You can also add an aeration pump to keep the oxygen flowing and choke out algae.

 

In the Shade

One pond maintenance element actually involves the area outside of the pond. As you’re planning your landscaping, you’ll want to be sure that your pond sits in the shade. Too much sunlight is part of what encourages algae overgrowth. As mentioned above, plants on the surface of the water can also be part of this shady solution.

 

Deal with Debris

Over the course of time and the naturally changing seasons, leaves, sticks and stones are likely to naturally fall into your yard’s pond. Even worse, trash might find its way into the waters, posing a danger to any wildlife.

 

Some simple weekly or monthly removal of built-up debris can make a big difference in the overall health of the pond. This can be done with a skimmer, or simply with a good pair of gloves for large, visible items.

 

Roughly once a year, you’ll likely need to do a deep cleaning of your pond. That will likely require removing any floating plants or resident fish, a process in which you’ll want to consult a professional. Sometimes a process that disruptive isn’t needed at all.

 

To cut back on additional aquatic clutter, you might try installing a filter as well. Quick and frequent filter cleanings cut back on long-term maintenance.

 

The Timing is Right

Cleaning schedules are a big part of making sure that your pond’s internal ecosystem is thriving. If your pond only hosts plant life, a deep clean should be scheduled for the spring, before the plants’ flourishing season. If you have fish however, clean in the fall when the fish are hardy and able to withstand the process best.


Another crucial way to promote the health of a pond is to make sure that the landscaping around it stays healthy, trim and free from unnecessary debris or pollutants. For big-picture yard maintenance in North Texas, we’re here to help!
 

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