Is your yard missing something?
Green grass and healthy trees look great, but just every about yard has that. Some flower beds might spice things up a bit, but those are pretty common, too.
Installing a pond on your property is what you need to do if you want to add an exotic touch that sets your yard apart from all the rest.
Interested? Here’s how you can create and maintain an attractive landscape pond:
To Build a Pond
The first step is to find a place that has strong enough soil to support a pond. Also, you don’t want there to be many rooted plants near your pond site, as these roots will grow and might damage your lining.
If you plan to have fish in your pond, you should choose a spot that gets a lot of sunlight (what’s the point of having fish if you can’t see them?).
Rather than starting from scratch, you may want to consider purchasing a pond kit. This can be a hard job for anyone other than a professional landscaper who has experience building ponds. Getting one kit that has everything you need included will make this process much easier for you.
Be sure to build a curb around your pond. Otherwise, when it rains, your pond will overflow.
To Maintain a Pond
Controlling algae can be difficult, especially here in San Diego, where warm weather promotes algae growth.
“The root of all evil in a garden pond is excess algae, and the key to controlling algae is controlling nutrients,” says Thomas Martin, an aquatic ecology professor at Penn State University. “The most common nutrients are nitrogen compounds and phosphorus, which are the main ingredients in lawn fertilizer.”
There’s another benefit to building a solid curb around your pond – it stops fertilizer runoff from leaking into your pond and feeding algae.
Nutrients can also seep in through the bottom of your pond, so it’s important to have a strong and thick liner.
Some kinds of fish eat algae. All kinds of fish, though, will make your algae problem a little bit worse. This is because fish naturally produce ammonia as a waste product, and bacteria in the water breaks down the ammonia into nitrates/algae food.
To prevent algae growth, you need to A) install a system that filters out algae-feeding nutrients and B) regularly clean out any waste that builds up at the bottom of your pond.
If you have any questions about maintaining a landscape pond or any other landscaping topic, feel free to contact us and ask.