Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
A pond can be a wonderful garden feature, enhancing light and movement, and creating a deep sense of tranquility. But every pond requires a little maintenance from time to time to keep it at its best, otherwise that beautiful water feature can quickly become an eyesore – or worse. Here’s how to keep yours sparkling, thanks to the expert team at AGR Machinery.

Go green
A good balance of aquatic plants is essential for a beautiful, healthy pond. As a general rule, one to two thirds of the pond’s surface should be covered by plant life. Make sure you have a good mix of species, including plants that oxygenate the water, plants that provide places for fish to hide and breed, and marginal species to soften the edge and help the pond blend in to the surrounding landscape.

Rock on
Rocks and pebbles don’t just look great in a pond – they also create a habitat for good bacteria to thrive, and that helps to build and sustain a healthy ecological balance. Include lots!

Pure and simple
A good pond filter makes all the difference. Filters remove toxins and waste matter and purify the water, creating a clean environment for happy, healthy fish. In addition to being unsightly, poor water quality is a leading cause of stress, disease and death in fish. There are a variety of filters on the market, so be sure to get one that’s suited to the size of your pond and the number of fish within it, and clean it out regularly – every two to three weeks for best results.

Pump it up
Pumps play the important role of circulating the water, stopping it from becoming stagnant. They can also be used to create special effects, like fountains and waterfalls. There are lots of different pumps available, including submersible and solar powered varieties. (Check out the range at Make sure you get one that’s the right size for your pond and powerful enough to circulate the amount of water within it, and remember to consider not only the initial price but the cost of running the pump as well. It’s also important to check your pump regularly, and remove any debris from the strainer cage.

Skim the surface
One of the easiest ways to maintain your pond is simply to remove any stray leaves, flowers and bits of floating debris from the surface of the water with a net or pond skimmer. This not only cuts down on sludge, it helps keep the water crystal clear and the filter running smoothly.

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