Choosing to incorporate a pond into your outdoor living space is a decision that is not only a financial commitment but also a time commitment for keeping up with the pond maintenance as well. While ponds can be a beautiful addition to your backyard, it is important to consider how much time and effort you will need to put into your structure to keep your pond in its best shape.
When you initially install your pond it may take several days and even up to several months to get clear water. You may need to regularly supply water samples to your trusted pond management professionals so they can recommend a plan of action and chemical application cycles.
If you plan for your pond to house living organisms such as fish, maintaining the cleanliness and clarity of your water will need to be one of your top priorities. You will need a range of equipment to filter the water and maintain the pond temperature as well as cleaning supplies for routine maintenance.
Fish, Frogs & Snakes
If you want to introduce fish into your pond, it is best to talk to a professional to determine how many and what types of fish will be best for your space. You will likely need to start with a small, diverse population and let it grow naturally over time.
There is a very high probability that frogs and snakes will make their way to your pond, even if you did not intend on having this organism around. While frogs most often do not bother individuals, snakes can be very unwelcomed guests. It is important that you understand how to properly handle snakes
Pond Plants & Nearby Greenery
Introducing plants to your pond from the get-go will be important for the balance of your pond. However, while they are an aesthetically pleasing addition and help with the health of the pond, they also require regular maintenance.
In addition, it is important to pay attention to any nearby plants that may impact your pond. For example, large trees may shade your aquatic plants from getting the sunlight they need and in the fall, they may lead to a lot of dead leaf debris in your pond water that will need to be regularly removed.
The responsibility that comes with the upkeep of a pond is significant, but for many people, the commitment is worth it to have the beautiful feature outside their home.