A picturesque pond has a sense of beauty and nostalgia that makes buying acres for sale in Florida feel so right. Ponds harken back to a day where a tree swing was a proper diving board and fishing was two-parts food gathering and collecting your thoughts.
Ponds are excellent to have on any property, but they must be maintained. Otherwise, they can easily fill with debris and algae, killing off fish and making it generally unpleasant. In our two-part series on pond maintenance, we provide easy to follow tips to help make your pond a valuable part of your property. If you missed the first part of this series, click here to catch up.
Maintain Pond Banks
What lies on the edge of the pond has a great deal to do with its overall health. Planting and maintaining trees along the bank of a pond can prevent erosion. Ditches can be dug going away from the pond to control runoff.
Get Rid of Excess Nutrients
Believe it or not, too many nutrients can harm your pond. This is called “nutrient pollution” and can be caused by animal waste and fertilizers, among other items. This can lead to the extended growth of algae and a reduction of oxygen. The reduction of oxygen kills fish. To combat this, land owners should infuse their pond with natural bacteria. This bacteria will feed on excess nutrients. Be sure to get bacteria in the liquid form as it mixes with the pond water more effectively.
Ponds are great gathering areas for wildlife of all types, including deer, birds, beavers, and of course, fish. Having a myriad of animals around your pond makes for a beautiful scene. However, animals eliminate waste, which can damage the health of your pond. Keep animals to a minimum, especially, if you intend to swim in your pond.