How To Keep A Garden Pond Ecosystem In Balance?
on 25/02/2020


Many property owners choose to build a garden pond to enhance their outdoor space. However, they don’t always have a good understanding of this ecosystem. A garden pond is not intended to be just another part of a garden. It is meant to support aquatic life like marine plants and fish, turtles and birds.
A lot of time is required with the hobby of managing aquatic plants. Some plants are necessary in strengthening the ecosystem, and other plants may begin to invade that are not of any use, sometimes even a distraction to a pond’s ecosystem.
Of course, this does not mean that you shouldn’t maintain the growth of specific plants, such as, cattails and many other coastline species. These plants should not be allowed to grow indiscriminately as they might expand and invade the perimeter of your pond.
There are solutions like there are many products that you can use to help keep unwanted weeds from taking over your pond. You might feel there may be some weeds that are appealing, but once they begin to spread and excess brush will start to add to the sediment at the bottom, making it difficult for fish and other aquatic life to survive and thrive. There are several varieties of herbicides on the market now and choosing between the liquid product or granular type will depend on whether you need to treat the entire water area or just a smaller area.
You may also use these types of products to go directly to the bottom of the pond to stop the spread of theses destructive weeds without causing harm to your fish and other wildlife. Other weed removers may be sprayed on plants that grow over the waterline but can cause the expired plants to fall into the water. Whichever weed stopper you decide to use for your garden pond, keep in mind that you need to remove the excess plants from the pond to avoid excessive muck collecting at the bottom of your pond.
The continuous movement of the water with a pond aerator can help keep the water clear and stop the growth of moss in your pond. Furthermore, when the water is constantly moving it helps prevent the development of algae and maintain the desired oxygen levels in your pond that are essential for the health of your fish. If you plan to use air diffusers and other types of lake aerator pump, make sure to properly size the equipment to your pond or lake.
Including an air diffuser will aid in boosting oxygen levels in the water, and it will also enhance the beauty of your pond because your water will be healthy and clearer. A two or three-tier water pump fountain that pulls water from the pond will help with the clarity of the water. Floating pond fountains will also help to keep the water clearer and stop the overgrowth of unwanted weeds.
To further increase the beautiful look of your water garden, you may want to install a
decorative floating aerator instead of a bottom air diffuser for aeration. There are even fountain lighting kits with various color options. These lighting fixtures can be attached directly to the float of the fountain. If you cannot get electricity to your pond, a solar powered aeration kit is now very affordable and will allow you to aerate even if you can’t get power to the pond.