Looking for some feedback from people who own ponds or have built ponds.
I had a pond outside the house we rented and loved it. It was alot of work since it was built incorrectly. The rain water would run off and throw mulch and everything else it could pick up into the pond. We bought this house the first of Feb. and I can't wait for spring so I can get started on my new here! The main problem I had with the other pond was it kept turning green with algae! I think it was because it had a ledge that was only 6 inches maybe below water level which seemed to be where all the algae would grow! Any ideas???
Hi Melissa, thanks for writing. That 6 inch deep ledge is perfect for installing a group of aquatic plants called marginals. They love this shallow water and will help take the nutrients out of the water that the algae compete for. It is also a good idea to put some lilies towards the bottom in deeper water. They will also provide shade and protection for your fish. You can buy a couple of floating aquatic plants such as water lettuce as well. These plants will help balance out your pond and add beauty at the same time.
@Melissa, very good to put those Pond Lilies in! How well did they grow? Did you get lot of beautiful flowers from them? Marginal Pond Plants are a group of Aquatic Plants that normally grow at the edge of a Pond or Wetland Area. They don't like deep water and for this reason we make a shelf 6-8" to plant them. There are many varieties to choose from. Here in Rochester NY, we design and install most of our Ponds to be 2' deep. Click here to see our Ecosystem Pond Diagram: http://acornlandscaping.net/ecosystem.html. Click here to learn more about Pond Design and Installation: https://www.facebook.com/notes/acorn-landscaping-landscape-designlightingbackyard-water-gardens/acorn-landscaping-designs-installs-aquascape-ecosystem-water-garden-fish-ponds-i/464917560212038
The lilies did very well the first 2 years. However I didn't realize they needed to be divided until last year. So the last year they were a little bunched up and didn't do as well. But now I know! lol I def. will look at your site and take notes. I'm hoping we can get started building the pond the end of March. Thanks for the help! I'm sure I will have many questions in the coming months! lol