Some homeowners will construct a garden pond to create a focal point for their landscaping but it isn’t called a water garden because it’s located in their garden. It is called a water garden because they plan to grow things in the pond. While they may add some aquatic plants they may primarily be considering growing a few exotic fish in their garden. Vegetation management is one thing that will require a lot of thought. Yes, you will need some plants to help stabilize the ecology of a garden pond and provide oxygen and food for the fish, but there will be some other plants that pop up that you probably don’t want in your pond. Cattails and other shoreline plants can quickly take over the edges of your pond and part of your pond management will be making sure they don’t take over the entire shoreline. There are several products on the market that can help keep any weeds along the shoreline from getting out of control. Some of the weeds may look nice at first but can quickly overtake your pond and the dead brush can increase the sediment in your pond making it unlivable for fish and some other aquatic life. Whether you choose a liquid or granular product will depend largely on the size of your pond and whether you need help over the entire surface or just for spot maintenance. Products can be used that will get under the water and kill off the offending weeds without harming your fish. Other herbicides may require being sprayed on the plants above the water, causing them to die and fall into the water. Whichever you choose, on small garden ponds you will need to keep an eye on the dead plants and keep them out of the water so they don’t add to the silt at the bottom of the pond. Keeping the water moving in your garden pond will also help maintain its clarity. You have probably heard the old phrase about rolling stones gather no moss. Moving water also doesn’t gather algae and helps keep the oxygen level in the water high enough to support your fish. Remember, if you use Pond Pumps
and other devices in your pond you will need to have them fitted with Pond Filter
that will require changing frequently. To add to the visual appeal of your pond you can add a Pond waterfall
or statuary that can also help oxygenate the water. A one, two or three stage waterfall, with water pumped from the pond will help maintain the clarity of the water while keeping it fresh for your fish. Small fountains can also help keep your water clear and prevent the growth of unwanted weeds. To really draw attention to your garden pond consider adding lights to a floating fountain in the middle of your pond. Some units attach to the floating base of the fountain and create a splash of color at night. Additionally, LED lighting available for your statuary can also add appeal to your pond to make it more of a show piece for your yard.