How to Maintain a Retention Pond

Retention ponds are a necessity in many developments to give water a place to converge to protect the surrounding property. These basins give storm water and water runoff an area to move toward to reduce erosion and foundation destruction, connecting to drainage systems throughout the property. However, retention ponds do require maintenance to keep them functional and to meet local codes. Property managers must put a process in place to maintain these artificial ponds to keep them maintained, including performing the following duties.

Keep Pond Clear of Debris

Leaves, garbage, branches and other items can be collected in the retention pond. If not removed, this debris can clog inlets and affect the aesthetics of the pond. Retention ponds need to be routinely cleared of debris to keep it functional and to prevent a community eyesore.

Control Plant Growth

Plants are attracted to water, but too much growth can create function issues in a retention pond. Grass and plants need to be removed as needed to ensure the pond is available for water collection. In some cases, plant retardant must be added to keep growth restrained.

Maintain Drainage

Retention ponds have inlets from surrounding drainage systems that can become clogged or damaged. The system needs to be routinely inspected and repaired as needed to ensure it continues to function as expected to allow the pond to work as planned.

If you are a commercial property manager with a retention pond on your property, it is crucial to have a reliable crew to maintain your drainage systems and pond. Consider hiring a landscaping company that offers retention pond maintenance to keep your drainage systems working correctly to protect your property.

Posted on behalf of:
Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Can You Save Money Installing Your Own Koi Pond?

A beautiful koi pond can be an interesting water feature to add to your landscape design. The colorful fish can be relaxing to watch, while the pond brings a natural atmosphere to your yard. There are kits you can buy to build your own koi pond, which can save you money compared to a professional installation by a landscaper. However, there can be hidden costs to doing this project yourself.

Why DIY Koi Ponds Can be Expensive

When considering tackling a DIY koi pond, you need to look at the possible problems that can occur. Yes, the initial cost is less than hiring a professional, but there are issues that commonly transpire for DIY ponds. Here are a few problems that can happen and end up costing you more money in the long run than professional installation.

  • Leaks. If a pond liner is not installed correctly, leaks can occur. Not only can this waste water, it can cause erosion and problems with your existing landscaping and take time and money to repair.
  • Too small. Ponds that are too small or not deep enough can be difficult to keep healthy for fish and plant life. Often DIY pond builders stop digging too soon, creating a pond too shallow for a healthy water-life environment.
  • Poor position. Ponds need to put in an area that is high enough not to become a drainage area. Run off can add chemicals and contaminates to the water which can impact the health of the fish.

What often happens with DIY koi ponds is they need to be repaired, redone or removed altogether. It is worth spending a little extra for professional koi pond installation to ensure it is done correctly the first time to avoid more expense and inconvenience down the road.

Posted on behalf of:
Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

Care and Maintenance for Koi Ponds

A Koi pond is a treasure and there is nothing more tranquil and relaxing than watching these striking fish as they casually swim through calm waters.  To keep the water clear and the fish healthy it is important to properly care for the fish and the pond itself.  Koi are hardy fish, but they do need good quality and well-oxygenated water. 

Maintaining a Koi Pond

The pond should be equipped with a quality filtration system, a powerful pump, a protein skimmer, a water heating system and an ultraviolet sterilizer.  Filters should be cleaned on a regular basis and equipment inspected routinely so problems are detected before water quality issues arise and cause health issues to the Koi.

It is important to make sure that leaves or other debris do not accumulate in the pond. Debris should be removed with a skimmer type net before it has time to break down and deposit excessive nutrients into the water.

Algae growth in ponds is not only unsightly, but can also deprive the fish of much needed oxygen.  The first step should be to remove the algae with a skimmer or other manual method.  If that does not keep the algae in check it may be necessary to use an algaecide to control its growth.  Carefully follow the directions for use to control the algae and keep the fish healthy.

It’s also important to make sure any plants in the pond are healthy – sick or dying plants should immediately be removed and replaced with healthy specimens.

To start your Koi pond off right, hire a professional landscape designer to install your new pond that can ensure you have all the elements in place from the very beginning.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 360-5604

Caring for a Private Retention Pond

To protect the environment and nearby properties, many private property owners are required to build a retention pond on their land. These ponds allow a safe place for water runoff to pool, reducing erosion and other problems during the wet season. However, these ponds do require maintenance to keep them clean and up to local codes. Unfortunately, that maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner.

Maintaining a Retention Pond

Retention ponds, also called detention ponds, must be kept free of debris that can clog the pond. They also must be inspected to ensure they are up to the local codes required for water runoff. Since these codes are different in every area, it is important to understand what’s required for in a particular municipality.

For many private property owners with a retention pond, maintaining their own pond can be more work than they anticipated. If the pond overflows, it can cause damage to both their property and other neighboring properties. It’s worth the investment to find a qualified landscaping company with expertise in maintaining retention ponds. The company should offer:

  • Cleaning of various debris from the pond
  • Inspection of the water runoff system to ensure it’s up to code
  • Repair and replacement options for retention pond problems

Most retention ponds will need annual maintenance. It is important before each wet season to have retention ponds inspected and cleaned, ensuring the system is ready to handle the heavy water load. Hiring a retention pond maintenance expert can give property owners peace of mind, knowing that their pond is up to code and ready for whatever Mother Nature has in mind.

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Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA


Retention Pond Maintenance

Storm water retention ponds are found throughout the United States and are critical to preventing flooding and erosion as well as improving the quality of the water.  These ponds are designed to collect water from the storm water system that he pond is supporting.  Once collected, the water is slowly discharged into either a larger storm water management system or into natural streams.

The collection and slow discharge of storm water in retention ponds are responsible for the improvement of water quality in all natural waterways.  Although retention ponds may seem like just another lake, they are very sophisticated in their design including the volume of the pond, as well as the intake and discharge structures.  In addition, these ponds require periodic maintenance by an experienced, qualified and licensed contractor in order to perform as they were designed.

The type of maintenance required depends of the type of retention ponds.  In some cases retention ponds are “dry”, where the pond is designed to completely drain after a rain event.  In other cases the pond is “wet”, where the pond is designed to hold water at all times.  In both “dry” and “wet” ponds, the maintenance is focused on the intake structure or pipes that allow water to flow into the pond, as well as the outlet structure, which allows the release of the water.

Retention pond maintenance items include keeping the intake pipes and structures free dirt and debris, as well as making sure any stone “rip rap” is in place.  On dry ponds there is often a concrete “trickle trench” that small amounts of water flows across.  Occaisionally the trench will require cleaning or replacement.  A properly maintained retention pond is cost effective and is critical to protecting the environment and the water quality in our rivers and streams!

Posted on behalf of Joe Archer, Mobile Joe’s Landscaping


Making Your Own Garden Pond

Having a pond in your yard or garden offers an attractive source for both plants and animals to get fresh water, and they can be aesthetically pleasing for humans as well. Making your own pond involves some work up front, but the effort can be worth it. You can even make your own pond, if you plan ahead carefully and follow through to the end.

First, mark out the pond shape that you want. You can use rope, a length of string, or other ways to mark out the pond shape before you start digging. This is mostly for your own benefit, since wildlife cares more about how clean the water is. You can make a pond that is ‘natural or ‘formal’ and it just depends on what looks good in your garden.

Don’t dig your pond very deep, no more than a couple of feet in the deep areas, and try to keep about 50% of your pond as shallow area. You don’t need to dig down especially deep unless you’re creating a fish ponds. Don’t worry about your pond freezing solid unless you’re living in an area where it becomes very, very cold for extended periods. Most wildlife prefers shallow waters, like tadpoles.

Before laying down a rubber liner, buy some underlay to provide insulation between the liner and the ground. Underlay can be bought from a home improvement store or garden center, just make sure you buy enough to lay down a double layer. Also make sure to remove any sharp or large stones.

As a last note, don’t use tap water to fill your yard pond. If you’re patient, waiting for rain water to fill the pond is an option, or you can collection rainwater in bins and buckets.

Retention Pond Maintenance

When a neighborhood or office building is built, the natural drainage of the area is altered.  Grass, trees, shrubs and other plant life are replaced by homes, buildings, streets, and driveways.  The natural topography is usually changed and the flow of water through the area is altered.

As a result, rainwater that used to be absorbed by the land now runs off at a rate much faster than the land can handle.  Local building codes require a plan to control erosion and other issues caused by storm water runoff and in many cases the plan includes construction of a retention pond.  Most residential and commercial developments have retention ponds that help control rain water runoff.

Local codes usually require periodic inspection of a retention pond and can impose fines for retention ponds that are not up to code.  Regular maintenance of a retention pond will help keep it up to code and working properly.  Vegetation, debris, and silt can accumulate in the retention pond which reduces its capacity and can impair proper functioning.

The earthen dam around the retention pond must be kept in good condition and any silt and debris that builds up in the retention pond must be removed.  Retention ponds have several key components that need regular inspection and maintenance to ensure that they are working properly.  These include the headwall, weir, and exhaust.

Most good local landscaping companies have the experience and equipment to handle retention pond maintenance.  Homeowners associations and property managers should work with a professional landscaping contractor to establish a regular maintenance plan that will help ensure that the retention pond is working as designed and is up to code.

Winterizing Your Koi Pond

Fall is here, and winter is around the corner.  If you have a Koi pond, now is the time to begin preparations to ensure that the pond and fish remain healthy all winter long.

There are two ways to approach pond care in the winter.

First, you can let the pond freeze and allow the Koi to live under the layer of ice.  If you elect to do this, you should make sure that the pond is at least three feet deep, and that the pond never entirely covers in ice.  (The fish still need a fresh air supply in the water.)  Additionally, you should make sure that the fish are receiving plenty of nutrient dense foods right now to help them survive through the winter.

A second, and more popular, method of wintering Koi ponds is heating the water.  Pond heaters are relatively inexpensive, and can keep the pond water at a stable temperature.  Heaters can be set at varying temperature degrees.  Some recent studies have shown that ponds that ‘mimic’ a mild winter actually have healthier Koi in the spring.

If your pond is unheated, consider calling a landscaping professional to have a heater installed.  The size of your pond, the area of the country you are in, and the number of fish and other species will determine the best heating strategy.  Preparing now for even a mild winter will allow you to enjoy your fish pond in the spring.