A pond on your property can enhance the beauty of your landscape and add recreation to your space. There are many beneficial aquatic plants for your pond that provide aesthetic value along with functionality, keeping your pond healthy. To avoid an unhealthy pond habitat, which can lead to bad odors and unhealthy water, you must control the amount of plant life that isn’t meant to be there.
The plants you choose to put in your pond can provide food, hiding spaces and oxygen to the animals living in the habitat. The problem arises when too many nutrients in the water allow excessive growth of algae and other harmful pond plants. Nutrients come from debris in the area, including leaves, branches and soil. When a pond isn’t maintained regularly, phosphorus, nitrogen and carbon dioxide build up and aquatic weed control is necessary.
Healthy Aquatic Plants
There are many types of plants that filter nutrients through their root systems, providing a natural system of pond cleaning. These plants keep fish healthy by providing oxygen and food. Water Lilies, Watershield and Spatterdock are all beautiful, flowering plants that can give your pond picture-perfect appeal. Even healthy plants need to be kept in moderation to prevent invasion.
Unhealthy Aquatic Plants
When algae and other undesirable and invasive plant species arrive in your pond, it can be hard to keep them managed because of their fast growth. Duckweed and Watermeal are two types of plants that can spread over a pond, taking away light and oxygen from the environment, which harms fish and other wildlife living in your pond habitat. Some harmful plants are completely submerged, making their existence harder to detect.
Caring for your pond takes diligence and attention to detail. The plants you want around need to be cared for and weeded out when necessary while the harmful plants need to be destroyed.