A water feature is a fantastic way to bring some aquatic beauty to your garden and home. They add such natural value to a well-kept garden that you will wonder why you hadn’t installed one years ago. But with every new aspect that you add to your home and garden, there are some maintenance rules that are best followed correctly. We often think with our hearts and sometimes are left scratching our heads when things do not go as smoothly as we had hoped. This article looks at water features and some common issues that crop up every now and then. After all, the whole point of adding a water feature is to reduce stress to our lives, not increase the drama in the garden!
Natural Water Features
When you choose a natural water feature, you need to bear in mind that you are required to perform a certain amount of maintenance to keep the system looking good and working correctly. The procedures should be explained to you from the outset, but this is seldom the case. With a natural water system you usually have a number of elements that need to be looked after:
- Fish or other aquatic creatures
If you have all 5 of these elements in your pond, things should go smoothly. The beauty of these systems is the way that everything works in harmony. You just need to add some friendly bacteria occasionally and replace the filter when the water starts to get cloudy.
Container Water Gardens
The main difference between a natural water garden and a preformed feature is the fact that you may suffer a leak with these systems. Unfortunately they are not repairable and you need to replace the whole container or liner when this happens. If you suffer from algae issues you can add the recommended clearer liquid to combat this. Ask at your home improvement or garden centre for the most appropriate product.
General Maintenance Tips
You will probably need to follow some rules when looking after various aspects of your water feature system, here are a few that will see you in good stead:
- The Skimmer – This is a device that keeps the water surface clear of unwanted debris. The basket will store the collected debris and should be emptied every week or so.
- The Filter Mat – This sits below the debris basket and catches any debris that escapes the basket, it should only require checking once per month.
- The Pump – If your water level starts to drop, you will probably need to look at the filter screen in the bottom of your pump. Check for a build-up of debris and remove accordingly.
Your pond will need special care in the winter and autumn due to the increase of falling leaves from your trees and plants. Ensure that you prune any overhanging branches and you will enjoy very clear water due to the falling temperatures. In the springtime you should schedule a clean-up operation for your water feature. Keep an eye on any algae build-up and look forward to a wonderful water feature all through the summertime!
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Sasha Kiric is an interior designer by profession. Out of all the various activities involved in designing, he specially likes designing the water features for homes. Apart from his usual work, he likes to read novels over a cup of coffee.
Category: Fountain Maintenance