Natural Ways to Care for Your Pond

Natural Ways to Care for Your Pond

A man-made pond can add beauty and tranquility to any backyard, yet many struggle with keeping them clean. This doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Here at Paradise Ponds by Ed Dedicke we believe in all-natural pond care alternatives. Read on for three natural ways to care for your pond.

Introduce Plants

Adding both submerged, floating, and marginal plants will help control algae bloom and purify your pond water naturally.

  • Floating Plants: We recommend water lettuce and water hyacinth. These plants will reduce the total surface area in your pond for algae to thrive on. In addition, they’ll absorb and remove the nutrients that algae requires to grow.
  • Submerged Plants: We recommend the hornwort, parrot’s feather, and anacharis. They’ll add oxygen to your pond, which will also prevent algae from growing.
  • Marginal Plants: We recommend arrowhead and sweetly variegated. They add valuable filtration to the pond and they remove elements that would otherwise feed algae.

Don’t Overfeed Your Fish

In most cases, it is not necessary to feed your pond fish. They consume excess algae, animal matter, bugs, and plants. That’s why you should only feed your fish only once every other day. In addition, only give them what can be consumed in a three minute time period.

Add a Waterfall

By adding a moving water fixture like a waterfall, your pond will be much less susceptible to algae and sludge. We recommend that all ponds should have a waterfall.

Clean Your Filter

It is important to clean your pond filter once a week. Typically this is as simple as removing the filter net and knocking out the debris. This should only take about three minutes per week — that’s it!

Do you need assistance with your summer pond maintenance or simply have all-natural pond care questions? Give Paradise Ponds by Ed Dedicke a call today. We proudly service all areas from Bayside to Ronkonkoma and everywhere in between. Contact us at 516-334-1122.

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