Splashing Good Pond Care

If you have been busy getting your garden ready for summer, you might have started to think about adding a pond. There are so many benefits that come with adding a pond to your garden, including an increase in the amount of wildlife that makes it home in your garden.

However, some people don’t think that maintaining a pond is all that easy, which puts them off the whole idea of adding one in the first place. But looking after a pool isn’t all that hard, especially once you have all of the following splashing good tips for pond care!

According the Royal Horticultural Society, nearly 70% of ponds have been lost from the UK Countryside, meaning that the importance of having a pond in our own gardens (and even allotments!) are now so very important for our British wildlife.

Frogs in my in-laws pond. Photo by Keith Newhouse
Frogs in my in-laws pond. Photo by Keith Newhouse

Remove Dirt And Debris

Sometimes, your pond will start to accumulate a lot of dirt and organic debris in it. This will happen quite a bit over the autumn and winter periods when there are a lot of dead leaves floating down into your pond from nearby trees. One way you can remove all of this rubbish is by trying to fish it out with a small net. But to make it easier and to save your back is to get a handy pond-cleaning tool, like the Oase pondovac to clean excess muck and grime. These vacuum cleaners will suck up all the rubbish from your pond without you getting dirty yourself!

You can save yourself some of the hard work over Autumn and those pesky falling leaves by adding a net over the top of your pond. Build a simple wooden square frame, fix chicken wire or even garden netting to the frame and rest over the pond. It can easily be removed as and when you need to, and can be stored and reused year after year.

 

Don’t Let It Freeze Over Winter

One of the main reasons why ponds suffer so much over winter is because homeowners leave them to freeze over. This isn’t good news for the wildlife and plants that inhabit your pond. The ice on it will trap methane into the water and will prevent any oxygen from getting into it as well. All that extra methane in the water can become toxic to fish and plants. So, if you notice that your pond has frozen, you will need to crack the ice to ensure that air can get in and out. One nice little tip is to put a small inflatable ball into the pond so that ice doesn’t cover the entire pond surface.

Balance Shade Correctly

Part of your pond needs to be in the shade so that animals and fish have somewhere to go

when the sunshine gets too much. For this reason, it’s a good idea to plant some trees near your pond. However, you shouldn’t cover the whole pond in shade, as this will make it difficult for plants and wildlife to flourish. Get the balance of light and shade right, and your pond will become a successful ecosystem!

Photo by Keith Newhouse
Photo by Keith Newhouse

Welcome Wildlife

A pristine pond will struggle to attract wildlife, so make sure you leave nature to do some of it’s own amazing work. Frogs, newts, toads, little bugs (such as pond skaters, water-beetles and pond snails) all breed in garden ponds, and make fascinating viewing for children. Allow natural weeds to grow for these animals to eat and hide under. These plants will also oxygenate the water too, keeping it healthy.

 

Author: Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 young daughters, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting brands.

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  1. We use our pond net-frame to deter the blackbirds from eating our tadpoles. They love catching the little wrigglers; but we still make sure there’s room for the frogs to climb in and out and an area for the birds to drink and bathe. It was made simply by attaching a length of strawberry netting to two canes/sticks…rolls up for easy storage.
    Here’s our wildlife making themselves heard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPfprATFCTE

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