Ponds transform golf courses, HOA communities and other outdoor spaces into a beautiful oasis. While adding a pond to your community or business attracts people to your space, the Florida climate can sometimes pose a few challenges. Over time, ponds have a tendency to get murky and stagnant water can generate an unsavory odor. Knowing how to clean a pond helps you keep yours beautiful and inviting to residents and guests.
Perform Regular Perimeter Checks
The easiest way to keep a pond clean is to prevent trash and other debris from accumulating near or in the water. Have your maintenance crew check around the perimeter of the pond daily or at least weekly. Picking up leaves, twigs and branches keeps the pond from getting filled with organic matter that contributes to cloudiness. Removing wrappers and other types of trash protects the fish in the pond and prevents the introduction of unnatural chemicals into the water.
Monitor for Algae Growth
Weeds and algae grow fast, and they can quickly turn into a major pond maintenance issue. Checking your pond at least once a week helps you keep a handle on their growth. If you do have a problem with algae, then pond management companies in Florida can help you out with special treatments that keep the water clear. Algae treatments consist of natural bacteria and other components that are safe for fish and desirable plant life.
Focus On Aeration
Aeration sends vital oxygen throughout the pond water that prevents fish from dying off and algae from blooming. Fountains and surface aerators also keep the water moving so that you don’t get that stagnant odor that deters people from visiting the area. Regular inspections of the aeration system lets you know when it is time for repairs so that the water doesn’t get murky.
Keep Fish Populations Under Control
People love coming to ponds where they can enjoy seeing fish swimming around, and your water feature might even be an opportunity for people to go fishing. Healthy fish in your pond are a good indication that the water is clean. However, issues can arise when the pond gets overcrowded. Too many fish can lead to a large build up of waste, and the excess waste can feed algae. Making sure to keep fish populations within reasonable levels for the pond size helps to keep the water cleaner for longer.
Watch the Water Temperature
Warm water contributes to algae growth, and it only takes a few days for this to begin to show in your pond. The ideal water temperature for ponds is around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be hard to maintain during the heat of the summer, but aeration helps by keeping the water in circulation.
A clean pond adds to the aesthetics of your property, and it can also help prevent flooding by serving as a collection area for stormwater runoff. Keeping your pond clean and clear prevents costly maintenance needs in the future and adds a lovely feature that enhances the natural environment of your outdoor space.
At Crosscreek Environmental, we believe in providing a comprehensive, environmentally friendly approach in creating solutions to maintain the beauty and health of Florida's ponds, lakes, wetlands, and shorelines. We use the B.E.S.T.™ geo-tube solution and are one of the best geo-tube solution providers in the state of Florida.