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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 the summer, be sure to watch the water level. Heat contributes to its rapid evaporation, especially in a small pond. Therefore, it is required to add water weekly to the required level. Due to lack of oxygen, the water in the pond stagnates, and rapid bloom begins. Therefore, a constant water exchange is required. In order not to harm the inhabitants of the reservoir, add water, warmed up in the sun, and better rain, and not from the tap. At the same time, it should be poured in slowly, with a thin trickle. If the water level drops quickly, check if the container is leaking. Our opinion If possible, replenish the water reserves of your pond from a natural reservoir. If it contains beetles, daphnia and other insects, it will be excellent: they will become good helpers in combating flowering.

We clean the garden pond

Pests of an artificial reservoir are consideredFilamentous algae, azole (water fern) and duckweed. In the heat they grow quickly. If you do not get rid of them in time, they will spread all over the pond, and a musty smell will appear. With fan rakes, remove large concentrations of these plants. Peat pills that acidify water are capable of stopping the growth of algae. Garbage, pollen, dirt and small debris are caught with a net with a long handle. In time cut branches of trees growing near the pond, otherwise the fallen leaves will pollute it. In summer, once a month, clean the bottom of the pond. There are systems for purifying water and enriching it with oxygen in artificial reservoirs: filters, pumps, skimmers (preparations for removing foliage and debris from the surface of water), water vacuums, a device for cleaning the bottom of the reservoir, UV sterilizers. They greatly facilitate the care of an artificial reservoir. If fish live in your pond, do not turn off the pump in the summer to maintain the oxygen level necessary for them. Our opinion Small fishes of duckweed are fond of eating poultry and some types of fish. Get a couple of ducks or carps and carp, make a breeding of snails: they will perfectly cope with the cleansing of the pond. In the fight against duckweed you will also be helped by such natural nurses as crayfish. They eat various organic remains and algae. They need shelter in the form of driftwood and a pair of large stones. And thanks to the crayfish, pure water, saturated with oxygen, will be provided to you.

We get rid of insects

High humidity, high temperature andPoor circulation of oxygen in water create ideal conditions for the life of insects. Use the simplest and safest method in fighting pests - flush them with water from a hose. The pressure is not strong: so you will rid the leaves of dust, do not harm the inhabitants of the pond and wash the insects in the water, where they will become a living food for fish. By the way, feed the fish so that they all eat immediately, and no debris is formed on the surface (a treat for insects). It is better to feed more often, in small portions. Still water is considered the most favorable environment for the reproduction of mosquitoes. Therefore, a streamlet flowing into a garden pond, or a fountain will perfectly suit the fight against them. Our opinion If it is impossible to organize a permanent water exchange, the broom from the branches of deciduous trees will help get rid of the larvae. Tear them, immerse them in water and make some sharp movements. And settle in the pond a toad: it will save him from mosquitoes and gnats.

Care of plants

In order not to disturb the biological balance inArtificial pond, fertilize plants less often. So there is no 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, prune them permanently, otherwise they will spread to the surface of the pond. Be sure to watch the leaves of the nymphaea (water lilies). If they rise above the surface of the water, they twist, so it becomes cramped. In the heat of transplanting them is not recommended, it is better to just cut off excess leaves. Our opinion For the care of plants, get pond scissors, pruner, pliers and net: so it is easier to get rid of fading and baking leaves. Cut the leaves by immersing the pond scissors by 20-30 cm below the water level, and catch them immediately and remove them from the pond.