It’s a lovely surprise to round a corner to discover a sparkling neighborhood pond. Water is not only a valuable resource but a source of recreation and aesthetic enjoyment. If you are fortunate enough to have a pond on your property, you know the enjoyment comes with some responsibility. With a little planning and attention, your pond can be clear and healthy through all of the seasons. The first step toward that goal is finding out what the professionals recommend.
1. Consult a Pond Specialist
A pond management expert understands the complex science behind aquatic environments and can help you make the best decisions for the health of your pond. The specialist will likely visit your property and help you create a custom-designed maintenance plan. Initial soil or water testing may be recommended to inform the process. The initial consultation is your opportunity to discuss any specific challenges you have in managing your pond.
2. Design an Annual Plan
You can decide to move forward after one consultation or continue to work with the pond expert to create an annual management plan. Whatever you choose, it is important to outline a detailed, scheduled maintenance plan of preventive care. This plan will spread out pond maintenance through the seasons, allowing you to budget maintenance expenses and minimizing the chances of unexpected costly problems.
3. Implement Your Plan
Your annual plan will likely include maintenance practices in the areas of water testing, shoreline maintenance and aeration. Each of these practices will help prevent common pond problems such as murky water, algae overgrowth or mosquitos. By the time one of these issues develop, it is generally a sign that more serious underlying imbalances are at work, and more challenges are around the corner. Completing the tasks on your maintenance schedule is your best defense against serious, costly aquatic imbalances.
Consulting a pond expert and implementing a custom annual maintenance plan is a good strategy for pond care. Adhering to your plan’s seasonal tasks will help promote a healthy aquatic ecosystem, an easier less costly strategy than rehabilitating an existing problem.