If you have a pond that is giving you grief, a constructed wetland could be the answer. We hear from folks all the time that tell us about a pond they just can’t seem to get cleared up. They buy all these cool fish, and then can’t even see them! And they’ve tried all kinds of water treatment products and chemicals, all to no avail.
A constructed wetland is a filter system on steroids. If you have the room in your yard, a constructed wetland is not only functional, but is a place where lush aquatic plants can thrive, adding a bit of a tropical feel to your outdoor environment. To perform at its best, the wetland should be at least 10% of the size of the pond, larger with a heavier bio-load.
A constructed wetland basically consists of a settling chamber, rocks, and plants. This combination, taken from Mother Nature’s recipe, filters the water like nobody’s business. The Pond Gnome has used this method with great success on several existing water features to help clear up the water quality – including the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s ponds!
We also used this methodology for our build at the Regents at Scottsdale Apartment Complex, which takes stormwater runoff from all of their parking lots. The system was installed in 2008, and you can actually go see for yourself how it’s still thriving today!
This video of a great project at the Wildlife Waystation in California shows a walk-through of the project a year after the wetland was installed:
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Barbi Holdeman, co-owner of The Pond Gnome, enjoys sharing their 20+ years of education & experience with you! She writes about Phoenix Ecosystem Pond Installation, Pond Maintenance, Wildlife around the Pond, Koi and Goldfish in the Pond, and the Pond Lifestyle. If you enjoy what she writes, please share it!