Learning The “Secrets” of Ponds

Learning The “Secrets” of Ponds

All You Need to Know about Outdoor Ponds

Ponds are mass of standing water which has occurred naturally or has been constructed by humans and they are usually smaller than lakes. Ponds that arise naturally usually do so in floodplains which is usually a part of the river system or they can be isolated depressions that fill up with rainwater over time. A pond may be quite shallow but can also contain life mostly the aquatic plants and animals. In most cases, there are various factors that will influence the plants and animals contained in a pond such as water level, nutrient level, shading by the trees salinity, the effects experience when animals graze there as well as presence or absence of streams.

It is easy to construct a human made pond which are the most common types of pond as compared to a natural pond forming. During the dry season, farmers are likely to dig ponds in their backyards or remove mud from the existing ones to increase their depth so as they can collect adequate amounts of water during the wet season. There are also ponds that are constructed to enhance habitat restoration and for wastewater treatment. In other cases, ponds can be constructed as architectural features or for aesthetic ornamentation for landscapes and the ponds can be referred to as water features or water gardens. Solar ponds are also artificial ponds which are used for thermal energy storage and fish ponds which are used for commercial fish breeding.

There are various factors that one need to consider when setting up an outdoor pond in their homes. On the site where one wants to construct an outdoor pond, one should ensure that the area is well drained and there are no underground cables, pipes, sewers or even septic fields in the area. Having an outdoor faucet will ensure that it is easier to refill the outdoor pond when there is need. Minimizing the growth of algae on the outdoor pond as well as excessive evaporation of the water can be enhanced by providing partial shading to the outdoor pond. Clogging of the pond pump as well as preventing contamination can be done by avoiding placing a pond near trees or planting trees near a pond since leaves might fall into the pond and accumulate at the bottom. The sun and the shade can be balanced depending on the purpose which the pond shall be put to by using plants such as lilies or even use a portable shade screen for shading. Once a hole for the outdoor pond has been dug, it should be lined well with a suitable outdoor pond liner. Once the pond has been filled with water, it is important to place some stones or even edging around the perimeter of the pond.

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