Installing a pond in your garden can be a lovely addition that enhances your outdoor space. Ponds are not that different from any other water feature; all require routine maintenance. For instance, dead leaves that fall into the water should be removed to prevent them from decaying in the water and causing problems. However, ponds are often low maintenance since they practically take care of themselves.
Nevertheless, certain issues can arise and need to be dealt with immediately. For instance, the presence of algae is predominant in some ponds. We have covered such a matter in detail in another article.
For ponds that have fish in them, the issues that may arise for these kinds of ponds is different. For the most part, fish eat different insects that may decide to make the pond a breeding place. To help things along regarding pest control for your water ponds, you should design it to be a habitat that encourages the toads, frogs and various small animals to live and thrive. But then again, there breeding should also be control so that things do not spiral out of control. The primary objective, nonetheless, is to establish a natural pest control system.
Given the subject matter, below are some tips from outdoorfountainpros.com on how to keep pests from making your garden pond their home.
Mosquitoes thrive better in stagnant water, and therefore your garden pond can be a potential breed ground. Thus, ensuring the water in the pond is moving helps prevent these mosquitoes from taking up residence in your yard. So, you can achieve this by adding a waterfall or a fountain to the pond so that it as flowing water making it less attractive for the mosquitoes to breed.
The plants growing in your pond will not thrive if there is an aphid infestation; luckily, controlling these tiny bugs is relatively easy according to Soothing Walls. You can use running water via a hose to spray them off the plants. The water spray should be reasonably sturdy that it is released with enough pressure to knock the aphids off the plants into the pond where the fish will do the rest (feed on them).
Not all birds are a nuisance to your outdoor space; some are welcome visitors. However, left to their own ways, all birds can quickly turn into pests. So, to manage things and keep unwelcome birds that wish to invade your garden pond at bay, spread netting over the pond. The cover prevents them from landing on the pond. You can also achieve the same objective with the use of decoys of large birds such as herons to scare them away.
Besides the birds, other predators such as beavers, foxes, and otters can also find their way into your property and into the pond to steal fish. Covering the pond with the netting is one of the effective ways of keeping these creatures at bay. But the same measure makes it a bit harder to do routine maintenance. Fortifying your properties borders to prevent unrestricted entry of these creatures is also an added measure that can help deal with these predators.