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How to Take Care of a Garden Pond

February 3rd, 2012 Gardening

We're not all blessed with a beautiful body of water in our backyard, but for those of us who happen to have a garden pond - whether naturally or through our own hard work - can't simply expect it to maintain itself. You need to actively ensure that the water is clean and at adequate levels, not to mention maintaining all of the wildlife that may spring up in the area! If you don't know the first thing about taking care of a garden pond, here are a few fundamental tips to keep in mind, courtesy of the BBC.

There are two things to keep an eye out for when looking at your water situation. You want levels to remain consistent over time and you want to keep it clean. If you find the amount of water in your pond decreasing, it could be a sign that there's something wrong with its construction. Perform a thorough visual inspection and see if there's leaking.

The ideal garden pond will feature plenty of plants and animals, adding a unique visual flair to your backyard. Striking a balance between the two is necessary to ensure that the water and the surrounding ecosystem are stable. BestFish.com recommends growing water lilies in order to limit the amount of sunlight the pond's surface is exposed to - this can help cut back on algae, which rely on the sun for growth.

In winter, you should keep a small area of the pond from freezing over - this allows toxic gasses to escape, which means your fish will be much happier when spring rolls around! You can use a cover to help protect the water during winter, but make sure it's raised above the surface of the pond so that the gasses can still escape.