Some people just have lawns.
Others compliment their lawns with flowerbeds, trees, and shrubs in addition to an enviable yard of fashionably trim, lush green grass.
And then there are those that take it to the next level and gussy up their yard even further with a pond, fountain, or some other water feature.
Water features are a valuable addition to any yard, but they’ll start to look a little grungy or even break down if you don’t maintain them properly. Here are 3 tips that’ll help you keep your water features looking great:
Tip 1: Regularly Assess Your Water Features for Wear and Tear
You won’t know if anything’s wrong with your water features unless you pay attention to your water features.
Keep in mind that fountains are exposed to the elements 24/7, getting hit constantly with the sun, wind, dirt, rain, snow, and whatever else Mother Nature decides to throw at it.
The elements can really do a lot of damage. That’s why you need to check up on your water features at least once every couple weeks to make sure there’s no damage that needs to be addressed.
Tip 2: Don’t Forget About the Pump!
You got a fountain for the glorious display of water in motion, but the most important part of the fountain is something that you don’t even see, hidden below the surface.
We’re talking about the pump, of course.
Pretty much every pump works the same, consisting of 4 parts: the intake line, the impeller, the motor and the outtake. Here are a few things you should look out for with pumps:
- Most fountains pumps are made to be fully submerged at all times, so don’t let your pump out of the water.
- The pump should be installed on level ground, or else vibrations will cause the pump to move around and eventually malfunction.
- A problem fountain owners often run into is debris getting stuck in the intake line and the impeller. If you’re having any issues, make sure there isn’t any debris getting sucked up and stuck in your pump. If there is, clear it out.
Tip 3: Stay on Top of Algae Growth
Ponds look great… as long as you control algae growth. It’s just ugly, and if you have any fish in your pond, an algae outbreak will use up the majority of oxygen in your pond system and your fish will likely die.
Luckily, there are many methods to choose from when it comes to controlling algae.
First, if you haven’t installed your pond yet, make sure it isn’t in an area where lawn runoff would drain into, because the leftover fertilizer promotes algae growth. Also, it helps to install rooted plants around and near the pond, as those roots will suck up nutrients that would have been used otherwise to feed algae.
Some people even use dye to make the surface of their pond darker, which reduces algae because less light is absorbed and the water stays cooler, and algae needs light and heat to thrive.