Did you know that 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% of them actually keep their resolutions? It probably comes as no surprise that the top three resolutions for 2023 are to exercise more, followed by eating healthier, with losing weight coming in third.
Saving money and spending more time with friends and family were hot on the heels of the top three, according to the Statista Global Consumer Survey. But why stop at making resolutions for your personal well-being? Why not make a few resolutions in 2023 geared toward your pond and/or outdoor living space? Home is where the heart is, right? Here are five pond resolutions for you to consider making this year that are sure to improve your pondering experience!
1. Learn about your pond’s ecosystem
When you understand how all the components of your water feature work together, you’ll be better equipped to make knowledgeable choices to maintain a healthy pond. We have tons of information here on our blog dedicated to ponds in Phoenix.
You can also learn about the pond ecosystem (and more) at www.aquascapeuniversity.com. Some of the classes are free and you can study at your own pace! You can also learn about the ecosystem of a pond when you download our free e-book, How to Keep Pond Water Clean and Healthy. Just keep in mind that everything in these resources may not apply to us here in Phoenix. If you have questions, just ask us!
2. Start your pond off right in the spring
Take a critical look at your pond and determine if you need a full clean out. You can choose to do it yourself or hire The Pond Gnome to do it for you. If your pond doesn’t need a full or partial clean out (filter cleaning), make sure you understand which water treatments to add once the weather starts warming up.
3. Add new plantS
Sometimes pond owners get excited about their new pond and they forget about transitioning the water feature into the rest of their landscape. Consider adding a few marginal plants to soften the edges of your pond, and then take it one step further and consider adding a few plants just outside of the pond to naturalize it. Visit our Aquatic Plants Page for pond plant ideas.
4. Get to know your fish
You might think you know your fish pretty well, especially if you’ve named them and visit them daily. But do you know the basics of fish health care? Consider things like thinning out your stock if the fish have babies. Cramped living conditions aren’t good for your fish, or your pond for that matter. Learn our three basic tips for proper fish keeping.
5. Add something new to your pond
It’s always fun to add new elements to your outdoor living space, like a new deck or patio set. But have you ever thought of adding something to your pond? The new addition could be as simple as a waterlily or fish, or it could be a bit bigger like a new spitter, or a bridge to traverse your stream, or even creating a new lighting scheme with color-changing lights. Some pond enthusiasts like to tweak their waterfalls from time to time, which can change the sound of the water in the garden. If you want to add something really exciting to your pond that creates ambiance, consider a fire and water feature. Whatever you decide, adding something new to your pond will give it a fresh twist.
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