Where To Find Low Maintenance Water Features For Ponds

What Are Water Features For Ponds That Are Low MaintenanceWater features for ponds can add function and form to the installation, giving it a unique look that will draw attention. Fountains and falls are the most popular additions to these installations, and they can be integrated into almost any build. However, some additions require more maintenance than others and how they are built will also determine how much attention they will need after placement. Homeowners can also reduce the amount of maintenance a pool will need by observing some simple guidelines before and after placement.

What are some low maintenance water features designed for ponds?

Fountains and falls are both easy to maintain and reduce the amount of maintenance the pool itself will need
. Both keep everything circulating, which prevents sediment from collecting in certain areas, keeps insects from gathering on the surface and slows algae growth. All three of these problems can force a homeowner to perform maintenance frequently, so fountains and falls can self-maintain an installation in many ways. In general, fountains only require an intermittent cleaning to prevent sediment from blocking the fountain head. Falls are extremely low maintenance water features for ponds and only need to be kept free of debris.

How can a homeowner keep their installation’s ecosystem healthy?

The best place to install a pool is in a flat area that won’t suffer from drainage following inclement weather. It’s also best to keep the installation away from trees that shed their leaves in the autumn, as these can build up in the pool and cause problems.

Leaves, algae and sediment are typically the biggest issues a homeowner has to handle with these installations. With regular manual skimming, leaves can be removed before they gather, sink and become a major hassle. An automated skimmer set to pull in at least the top 1/8 inch of the surface will get rid of most of the leaves.

Algae growth is a concern because it can cut off the oxygen in the pool, making it hard for aquatic life and plants to survive. Algae will also gunk up the pool and force a total clean out if it is not checked. While there are some artificial products that can reduce the presence of algae, the easiest and safest way to repel algae is by placing a number of plants near the installation and stocking it with fish. Because they compete for oxygen, plants will make it more difficult for algae to take, while fish will nibble away at the algae that do grow.

Sediment is unavoidable, and homeowners will likely need to drain the pool for a full cleaning annually to keep it from building up too much. However, rocks or gravel can slow the depositing of sediment by giving bacteria a place to grow. Many species of bacteria will consume organic sediment, making it easier to control.

Since maintenance is something of concern for every homeowner when it comes to these installations, by following these guidelines it can be kept to a minimum.

This article was published on Wednesday 14 May, 2014.

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