If you are lucky enough to have a pond or a lake on your property, you should do everything you can to get the most out of it. Managing a pond may be a lot of work, but it is well worth it. What steps can you take to make sure it is the best pond it can be?
A fountain is good for both the aesthetic and health of your pond. Although flashier than aeration pumps for lakes, they perform the same function by infusing more oxygen into the water. All living things, as well as decaying matter, in a pond need oxygen for their respiration processes. Your lake may need a helping hand if you live in a warm climate because more oxygen is required at higher temperatures.
A pond can feel more people-friendly if you provide a point of access. A dock can give you a place to fish, jump in or tie up a boat. You can design it to be as big or little as you want. Depending on your situation, you will need to decide between a floating dock vs. a standard dock. You can add seating or a pergola for a nice place to take in the scenery and the sunset.
If your pond isn’t already teeming with life, you should make it so. To begin with, consider stocking your pond with fish. Even if you don’t go fishing, they are beneficial to the ecology of any body of water and pleasant to look at. Be careful while choosing which fish species to stock because not all species are compatible. Certain types of fish do better in certain types of climates, as well.
A pond can be a fulfilling, interactive part of your property given that it’s cared for properly. You should reach out to a professional if you don’t feel confident taking on any of these improvements yourself. Take it one step at a time.