If you are fortunate enough to have a clear, sparkling pond, you know it provides numerous recreational and ambient benefits. Keeping a pond clear and healthy can require some effort and planning. The style of pond management you choose can mean the difference between a pristine asset and a murky, swampy liability. Many pond owners value a measured, proactive approach above a more passive model that can lead to extra headaches and financial risks. This discussion of two pond management models may help you decide which method will work for your setting.
Passive Pond Management
If one day you discover your pond has grown some algae, you might pick up an algaecide from a garden center and apply it, hoping the algae will disappear. This is an example of a passive, reactive approach to pond care. When you notice a problem, you react to it. Unfortunately, by the time you notice the algae, the overall aquatic ecosystem may be weakened and out of balance. This can result in a series of costly, fragmented remedies that don’t ever get to the root of the predicament. Fortunately, there is an alternative to this.
Scheduled Pond Management
A planned management approach involves regular pond maintenance with annual, scheduled tasks. This proactive model can not only mean a thriving, beautiful pond, but it may also save you time and money. Keeping your pond healthy is much easier than rescuing it from a toxic algae bloom or nutrient imbalance. Regular preventive maintenance can spread your management costs over the seasons and minimize the chances of unexpected expenses. Algae overgrowth, for example, can arise from nutrient imbalances and insufficient oxygen. A planned approach would incorporate aeration systems and shoreline maintenance to keep these elements in check.
A reactive model of pond management can result in hidden problems and costly surprises. If you prefer avoiding unanticipated expenses, a planned approach may be your preferred strategy. It is likely to save you money over time, and most importantly, the extra effort can preserve the beauty and functionality of your beautiful aquatic asset.