Having a pond on your property is a great addition to your acreage. You can enjoy that beautiful scene outside your window. Plus, your pond will attract a number of different species of wildlife that you’ll enjoy watching. But an unappealing pond can be an eyesore and even kill the fish it contains. If that’s your case, then here are some ways to improve your pond.
Treat the Water in Your Pond
If you had an overabundance of fish in your pond at one time, they likely created too much waste that allowed for algae to grow and deplete the oxygen in your water. In that type of environment, unhealthy bacteria will multiply and make your water look bad and smell worse.
Find a company that provides a beneficial bacteria treatment to eliminate the harmful bacteria and enable the good bacteria to grow. Be diligent about skimming off the debris in your pond using either a rake or a pool skimmer.
Invest in Water Lilies and Other Pond Plants
Water lilies, also known as Nymphaea, and other pond plants feed on the fish waste and clear the water. Water lilies draw metal out of the water and help your pond water stay clean. They also provide shade to keep the algae from overtaking your pond. Fish love hiding in under the lilies as well, so invest in some water lilies. Clip them from time to time to keep them from taking over the entire pond.
Stock Your Pond With Fish
Fish, along with other plants are great for your pond so long as they live in a healthy balance, where the fish feed the plants and the plants help provide oxygen for the water, so keep both in your pond. Going fishing on a regular basis helps keep your fish population at a manageable level, so stock your pond with trout or perch if you live in a cooler climate. If you live in a warmer area, consider keeping tilapia.
Landscape your pond.
While adding water lilies to your pond, also add other attractive plants to the area around the water. Monkey grass is a good choice if your pond is located in a shady area. You can also add attractive rocks around your pond to add beauty and give you a handy seat for when you go fishing.
Having a pond will add value to your property so long as it’s properly maintained.