Use a net to keep leaves from falling into pond water. A net stretched across the pond surface requires daily emptying when leaves are falling thickest. A pond shelter type kit supports netting on a frame that prevents leaves from ever touching the water. An elevated net is also easier to keep free of leaves. If leaves do land in water, scoop them out. Also keep the skimmer basket emptied of leaves. Decomposing leaves in a pond release materials that can harm fish and muddy the water.
Keep an opening in ice that forms on the pond with a floating heater. An open spot in the ice protects fish by allowing harmful gases in the water out while letting oxygen in. In coldest areas, it’s wise to have a back-up heater, along with a plan for storm-related power outages. If a solid sheet of ice forms on your pond, melt a hole by pouring hot water onto the ice. Do not pound on the ice. The sound waves stress fish, which leads to a compromised immune system and possibly death.
It typically makes the most sense to hire a professional when building a large pond. This pond features a babbling brook and waterfall that pours into a pond. The rubber pond liner is sits atop an underlayment, which protects the liner from sharp objects in surrounding soil.
A large pond creates an ecosystem in a backyard, attracting wildlife like turtles, frogs, salamanders, birds and dragonflies. This pond includes special features: a footbridge, a bog for moisture-loving plants, a meandering stream and waterfall.
Swimming pools and other deep water features can pose a threat to the safety of unsupervised children but this mini rock quarry design from Kane Landscaping incorporates a waterfall and pond into the natural environment with an emphasis on shallow water. Despite appearances, the pond is only two to three inches deep and an ideal space to float boats, skim rocks or feed goldfish