If you have taken the plunge and installed a garden pond, you’ll know that it takes a lot of hard work to keep it looking good. You need to ensure the fish and plants within it are healthy, for one thing, and you also need to look after the water itself, checking that it is balanced in terms of bacteria and algae.
Although this is clearly all very important, you also want your pond to be fun and something you enjoy, which is why many people choose to add some extra life to their pond in a variety of different ways. Read on to find out what some of these ways are so you can improve your pond too.
One of the best things you can do to add life to your garden pond is to buy pond water features to install around it and even in it. These water features come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, so no matter what size pond you have, what size garden, or even what theme you might have running through everything, there will be a water feature (or more than one) that works for you perfectly.
Water features are a lovely additional feature because they are beautiful to look at; running water is calming and will make your garden look and feel special. On top of that, a water feature has a practical element too; it will keep the water in the pond moving, preventing stagnation.
Just like the rest of your garden needs to be weeded regularly, so does your pond. Algae and other plant life can easily grow within the water, and when you have too much of it, it will start to reduce the amount of oxygen available to the fish and other creatures in the pond. To prevent problems, you need to thin out – or entirely remove – the weeds.
You can do this by putting your arm in the water and simply pulling them out, but if you prefer not to do this, you can just use a long stick. Put the stick in the water and gently swirl it around, then remove it. The weeds should come out too. It may take a few tries to get everything.
Although we’ve just said that you need to remove plant life from the pond to help the fish (and to keep it looking good), having some plants in the pond is a good idea. The difference is that the plants you remove are unwanted weeds, and the plants you add are attractive ones that you have chosen. When you have colourful, thriving plants in your pond, it will automatically look gorgeous and alive.
There are lots of different plants to choose from, so it’s highly likely you’ll find some that are to your taste. Some will sit under the water, and others will be on top, for example. Check the water depth first because it won’t be suitable for all plants.
The great thing about plants in your pond is that they will improve the water quality because they add oxygen. They also protect the wildlife in and around the pond.