Creating an Ecosystem Pond in Your Backyard

If you love the beauty of nature, especially water life, adding a pond or other landscaping water feature to your backyard can bring the sights and sounds to your home. While a koi pond or water garden is nice, if you want the full effect of interactive water life, consider an ecosystem pond. This is not just plants or fish, but a full spectrum of life that thrives together in nature. It can take some time to nurture, but over time, these types of ponds can take on a life of their own, creating a complete ecosystem in your backyard for your enjoyment.

What is an Ecosystem Pond?

Ponds in nature have a perfect balance of plants, fish and insects that feed and nourish each other. They keep each species in check – the insects thrive off water and plants, the fish feed off the insects and the plants flourish with water. The idea of an ecosystem pond is creating this same environment in your yard. To do this, you need a few key elements:

  • Fresh, clean water – filtered, flowing water is usually needed
  • Deep, shaded pool – too shallow or too sunny will not help fish thrive
  • Plenty of water plants – they add oxygen and attract the insects needed to feed your water life
  • Protection from leaves, algae and debris that can contaminate the water

If done correctly, your ecosystem pond can sustain a healthy fish population and even attract water birds if it is large enough. You can add a waterfall or other features to add to the beauty of your pond. To create this natural centerpiece, contact an experienced hardscape landscaper that offers ecosystem pond building to ensure you start with the right elements to create your perfect pond.

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Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

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

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.