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How to care for an artificial pond in the summer?


The pond is a corner of coolness and relaxation, looking atWhich can get good emotions. How to properly care for him in the summer? An artificial reservoir on the plot helps restore spiritual balance and strength, creates a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. In the summer the reservoir is a real earthly oasis. It would seem, feed the fish and enjoy its beauty. But if you do not want the garden pond to turn into a marshy, badly smelling puddle, during this period it is necessary to keep it clean.

Watch the water level

In summer, be sure to keep an eye on the water level.The heat promotes its rapid evaporation, especially in a small pond. Therefore, it is required to add water weekly to the required level. Due to the lack of oxygen, the water in the pond stagnates, and rapid flowering begins. Therefore, a constant water exchange is required. In order not to harm the inhabitants of the reservoir, add settled water heated in the sun, and preferably rainwater, and not from the tap. At the same time, it should be poured in slowly, in a thin stream. If the water level drops quickly, check for leaks. Our opinion If possible, replenish your pond water supply from a natural reservoir. If there are swimming beetles, daphnia and other insects in it, great: they will become good helpers in the fight against flowering.

We clean the garden pond

Pests of an artificial reservoir are consideredfilamentous algae, azolla (water fern) and duckweed. In the heat, they grow rapidly. If not removed in time, they will spread throughout the pond and a musty smell will develop. Use a fan rake to remove large clusters of these plants. Peat tablets, acidifying the water, are capable of stopping the growth of algae. Collect debris, pollen, dirt and small debris with a long-handled net. Prune the branches of trees growing near the reservoir in time, otherwise the fallen leaves will pollute it. Clean the bottom of the pond once a month in the summer. There are systems for purifying water and enriching it with oxygen in artificial reservoirs: filters, pumps, skimmers (preparations for removing leaves and debris from the water surface), water vacuum cleaners, a device for cleaning the bottom of the reservoir, UV sterilizers. They greatly facilitate the care of an artificial reservoir. If there are fish in your pond, do not turn off the pump during the summer to maintain the oxygen level they need. Our opinion Poultry and some species of fish like to feast on small duckweed leaves. Get a couple of ducks or carps and crucians, and breed snails: they will do an excellent job of cleaning the pond. In the fight against duckweed, natural orderlies such as crayfish will also help you. They eat a variety of organic debris and algae. They need shelter in the form of driftwood and a couple of large stones. And thanks to crayfish, clean water saturated with oxygen will be provided to you.

We get rid of insects

High humidity, high temperature andpoor circulation of oxygen in the water creates ideal conditions for the life of insects. Use the simplest and safest method of pest control - hose off with water. Do not use a strong pressure: this way you will rid the leaves of dust, do not harm the inhabitants of the reservoir and wash away insects into the water, where they will become live food for fish. By the way, feed the fish so that they eat everything at once, and debris does not form on the surface (a treat for insects). It is better to feed more often, in small portions. Still water is considered the most favorable breeding ground for mosquitoes. Therefore, a trickle flowing into a garden pond, or a fountain, is perfect in the fight against them. Our opinion If it is impossible to organize a constant water exchange, a broom made of branches of deciduous trees will help to get rid of the larvae. Rip them off, submerge them in water and make some sudden movements. And also put a toad in a pond: it will rid him of mosquitoes and midges.

Care of plants

In order not to upset the biological balance inartificial reservoir, fertilize plants less often. This will not create a favorable environment for insects and weeds. Plants that grow entirely under water saturate it with oxygen. Make sure that their stems do not grow too long, cut them constantly, otherwise they will spread to the surface of the pond. Be sure to watch out for the leaves of the nymphea (water lilies). If they rise above the surface of the water, twist, it means that they feel cramped. In the heat, it is not recommended to transplant them, it is better to just cut off the extra leaves. Our opinion To care for your plants, buy pond shears, pruning shears, tongs and a landing net to get rid of wilted and brown leaves easier. Cut the leaves by immersing the pond shears 20-30 cm below the water level, and immediately catch them with a net and remove them from the pond.