How to Properly Plan your Pond

Deciding to install a backyard pond is a big decision for any homeowner. However, the more planning that goes into it, the easier your pond will be to maintain. In this post, we will look at a few of the things you should keep in mind when planning for your backyard pond.

The right location

The ideal spot for a backyard pond is one that is not only visible but close enough to electricity and water. It should also be on ground with ample drainage in order to prevent your pond water being contaminated with groundwater runoff that can contain harmful chemicals that cause great harm to your pond’s delicate ecosystem.

The best plant life

Beyond making your backyard pond more aesthetically pleasing, the right plants will help control algae and provide protection for your pond. Plants act as a natural filter by thriving on the excess nutrients in a pond that would otherwise feed algae. Because of this, aquatic plants are critical for the overall health of your backyard pond’s ecosystem.

The right amount of pond fish

While fish like koi can be an integral part of your backyard pond’s ecosystem, having too many fish can cause a lot of problems. When you have too many fish, the amount of waste can mean huge amounts of maintenance. In general, you should have no more than an inch of fish for every square foot of water surface area.

Use a water feature

Water features not only sound great and look beautiful, but also prevent algae growth and create a healthier environment for fish by moving around the water and oxygenating the pond. The oxygenation also causes the growth of good bacteria that helps keep your pond clean.