Pond maintenance is usually carried out to deal with the overgrowth of water plants in a pond. Occasionally ponds need to be drained down for silt removal, though this need not be done very often.
When we build and plant up a new pond we find that two or three years after construction, and sometimes sooner, plant growth will have progressed to a stage that requires a small amount of annual pond maintenance. Even on a large pond this need not be a major task if done annually.
It is important not to let aquatic plants become so overgrown that it requires several days labour, by hand or machine, to remove them.
Dead plant material should be removed from the pond in late winter or early spring, preferably before new growth appears above the surface of the pond, although aquatic plant maintenance can be carried out at any time of the year. Removal of organic material can also help to reduce the chance of algae and blanket weed developing. This is because plant material breaks down into the nutrients that are the food source of algae.
Plants that are out-growing their planting beds or containers should be pruned back. If regular maintenance isn't carried out then plant growth can soon get out of hand often resulting in a time consuming and expensive exercise in restoring the pond to its former state.
Water plants in containers, particularly waterlilies, should be fed using slow release fertiliser tabs such as Osmacote. These should be pushed well down into the soil to prevent nutrients leaching into the water.
Pump cages and intake filters should be checked and cleaned. Depending on the design of the pump this might need doing several times a year.
We carry out pond maintenance in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Berkshire.
Our work covers a broad range of subjects including pond building, lake construction, pond and lake restoration, pond maintenance, pond repairs, pond decking and other water-based landscaping projects in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, Salisbury, Andover, Winchester and Newbury. Other areas considered.