Maintaining a pond is never an easy endeavor. A pond management company in Florida can help to ensure that your pond is always in tip-top shape. Here are a few tips to get you started on creating and supporting the perfect pond on your land.
Pay Attention to the Banks: The proper maintenance of your pond goes far beyond the actual water. By maintaining the banks surrounding the water, you will create a more hospitable environment for the entire ecosystem. This means that you need to plant trees and grass around the banks to mitigate the chances of erosion. If you have cattle or other types of livestock on your land, you will want to keep them away so that their waste does not pollute the water.
Stock Your Pond Wisely: You will enjoy the best fishing conditions if your pond is larger than one acre. Good resources to use when stocking your pond include your state department of natural resources or private dealers of fish. Be sure to choose the breeds of fish that thrive in the average water temperature of your pond for maximum viability. In order to support the best fishing conditions, you will want to aim for a pond depth of 6 to 8 feet. Fish traps are useful if you want to control the population in your pond.
Build an Underwater Shelter: You will help your fish survive and reproduce in your pond if you take the time to create an underwater shelter for them within the pond. As an added benefit, a dedicated shelter will also attract the fish to this area of the pond, making fishing easier. Good ideas for underwater fish shelters include piles of evergreen branches, wooden stakes stacked up, or slashed vehicle tires. If your pond is small, you may also want to consider adding an aerator to help to oxygenate the water so that fish are able to thrive.
Controlling Algae and Weeds: One of the biggest challenges for any pond owner is controlling the algae and weeds. You will mitigate the growth of unwanted weeds if you make sure that the pond is at least 3 feet deep. Pulling out rooted plants can also help to reduce the amount of algae in a pond. Some pond owners find success in introducing triploid grass carp to feed on the submerged weeds. Lastly, you may want to consider chemical control if you feel as if the algae and weeds are becoming a serious problem. An expert in the field can help to advise you on the best course of treatment.
While a pond can be a beneficial and aesthetically pleasing addition to any property, you will need to take the proper steps to keep it looking beautiful and clean.
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.