How to Fix Up an Old, Neglected Pond
Water features are wonderful to have on a property, especially when they are included in the sale. Ponds will fall into a state of neglect over the course of a single year when they are without human intervention, and nature will continue to take over with each passing growing season. In order to recover a neglected pond, the homeowner will have to put in a bit of elbow grease.
Removing Brush and Debris
When a pond becomes overgrown, it doesn’t look very attractive. It can also be somewhat dangerous if venomous snakes have turned the brush into a home. All brush should be removed from the banks of the pond, along with any debris or trash that may have blown in during a strong storm. This will keep snake and rodent populations under control, while making the pond much more aesthetically pleasing.
Keeping Mosquitoes Under Control
Mosquitoes can breed out of control very quickly. Ponds are a great place for them to congregate and produce offspring, especially if there are no natural predators. Mosquito pond treatment is a good way to control them quickly; introducing native frog species to the pond can help to control mosquito larvae thereafter, too.
Repairing or Building Docks
Docks are perfect for fishing, swimming, and tying a boat. Even if the pond may not be large enough for a boat, a dock is still wonderful to have. Any existing docks should be carefully inspected and repaired as needed to prevent injuries. Once the dock is built or repaired, a small, rustic bench is all that’s needed for a tranquil evening and a good conversation.
Establishing an Ecosystem
For those who want the pond to become a functioning part of nature, a few animals could be introduced. It will take a few years for the populations to stabilize, but it will eventually flourish. Local species of fresh water fish, native frogs, a few ducks, and even some fresh water turtles could be introduced. They will help to keep bug populations under control, while maintaining the health of the pond. In addition, the fish will be a wonderful food source for the family within a few short years.
With some tender love and care on a regular basis, ponds are a beautiful water feature that will provide years of joy for any family.