What Kind of Pond Maintenance Do You Want to Do?
Most people are resigned to the maintenance that a lawn requires: watering, mowing, edging, fertilizing, dethatching, etc. It’s the urban version of slavery, if you ask us, but that’s another subject for another blog.
So, are you the type of person that would enjoy messing around with and adjusting things daily on your pond? Or are you the person who wants to come home from work, pop a top, and just chill next to your water feature? This is really the first question you need to ask yourself when deciding what kind of pond or water feature you want in your yard – exactly what kind of maintenance do you want to do?
“I like fiddling around with my water chemistry and adjusting my filters daily. I don’t mind back-washing often, or the need to drain & clean more than once a year. I enjoy the challenge and that part of the hobby.” Then you will be completely comfortable with many of the products on the market! Most high-pressure filtration systems need constant checking, adjustment, back-washing, etc. And playing with water chemistry can be a daily task. This is not a bad thing – many people do enjoy that. But The Pond Gnome doesn’t build those kinds of ponds, so you’ll need to find a contractor that’s a better fit for your hobby.
“I just want to come home at the end of a long day, kick off my shoes, grab a cocktail, and put my feet up. I want to have crystal clear water so I can see my fish dancing in the water. I also want to see beautiful lush aquatic plants and watch dragonflies flitting around my yard. Maybe even hear the occasional frog croak.” Then you want a low maintenance ecosystem pond or water feature with filtration that mostly takes care of itself and works with Mother Nature’s formula. This maintenance will cost you about 10 minutes of your precious time per week, and reward you with hours upon hours of enjoyment.
Here’s a short (fairly short) rant by the Arizona Pond Guy that speaks to this subject:
OTHER ARTICLES YOU MIGHT ENJOY:
HEALTHY POND FILTRATION
SIX PONDS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
EXPECTATIONS OF AN ECOSYSTEM POND