There are many water plants that will play important roles in the health and wellbeing of your pond. One of the major players is going to be floating plants. Floating pond plants play many roles that help with maintenance, but contribute to the health of the wildlife surrounding your pond. [Read more…] about Floating Plants: A Contribution To Your Pond
There are many different kinds of rubber pond liners. Not only are there different types of plastics to choose from, there are thickness options, size options, the option to bury or not bury your liner, the choice of doing it yourself or to hire someone to install the liner for you…need I go on? Finding the right rubber pond liner is going to be an important step when it comes to the longevity of your pond, so please consider a few things when you make the decision.
Pond Lining Material
Who knew picking pond lining material was going to be like picking material for your new couch cover? To some of us, that means time consuming. To most of us, that means, foreign language!
Rubber pond lining comes in a variety of different types of plastics. The key is to figure out what plastic does what, taking a look at the needs of your pond, and choosing which pond liner that is best for your situation.
Reinforced Pond Liner
Reinforced pond liners come in different types of rubber (such as reinforced polyethylene or reinforced polypropylene). The important thing to remember about a reinforced pond liner is that they are more light weight, more durable, more tear resistant, and typically less expensive liner than an unreinforced liner.
If installed and exposed to the sun, this can be a problem. They will not last as long if out in the open. If your pond is in the sun and you still want a reinforced liner you can bury the liner to prevent over exposure to the sun. Be aware; if you have sloping edges to your pond it can be hard to keep the liner buried.
PVC For Your Pond?
PVC is a plastic that is being used in many different industries. One of the nice things about PVC is that it has a great stretch to it. This makes PVC good for pond liners because the stretch reduces chances of cracks and adapts well to quick, dramatic changes in the weather.
PVC liner can be rolled and packaged easily which is always a plus when getting something shipped to you for your diy project. This liner is ideal for small landscape ponds and wildlife ponds. Panels of it can be heat welded together to make a sealed piece of PVC liner as big or small as your needs are.
Epdm Pond Liners
Epdm pond liners are a very popular choice. They are very versatile and won’t hold you back when you are choosing a shape and size for your pond. Epdm pond liners are also very flexible. They can still stretch in temperatures from -40 to 175 degrees Fahrenheit. So whether you live in a place of extreme weather changes or you live in a consistently warm or cold area, you won’t have to worry about this liner turning brittle and cracking over time.
These liners are very resistant to the damaging effects of UV rays and other harmful environmental conditions. You don’t need to expect any major upholding issues with these liners. They will last for a long time, which is not only a perk when it comes to maintenance issues, but it is a nice perk when it comes to the safety of the wildlife that live in and around your pond.
If you are planning on breading any fish in your pond, be aware that epdm may be toxic at times. Epdm is ideal for both small and large landscape ponds.
Butyl Pond Liners….Best Of All?
Some people may argue that butyl pond liners are the best pond liner to use. I can’t say whether it’s the best, but I can say that it definitely seems to be one of the most versatile pond liners around. Butyl rubber liners are both stretchy and flexible which will help, in turn, to make the liner conducive to whatever type of terrain you want to place your pond.
Butyl liners are also resistant to UV rays and are sustainable; they are good for all types of ponds from your backyard water garden to a wildlife reserve pond. This rubber pond liner is non toxic so you have no need to worry about any negative effects distressing the environment you put your pond. This is a great option for your pond if you are looking for something that will last a long time and leave you with little to worry about.
HDPE, Strong and Resistant
HDPE pond liners are a good choice when you have a demanding and arduous environment. These types of liners are often used by landfill or waste water treatment companies because of their chemical resistant characteristics.
Even for a less intense situations, like your backyard pond, they are very reliable. They are strong and resistant to cracking. They will do well in extreme weather. They prevent any harmful substance from seeping in to contaminate your pond. These pond liners are also very affective on almost any terrain. So if you are looking for something durable for anything from a simple pond liner to a waste water treatment lagoon, this lining can do the job for you.
To Choose a Rubber Pond Liner
Take the information you have gathered, look at your needs, and see what will work best for you. Remember the importance of choosing the right rubber pond liner. If you choose something that isn’t right for the surroundings of your pond, you are going to only enjoy the pond for a short time before you are spending a lot of time and money on repairs that could have been prevented with a little bit of research.
Water pond plants are essential to your body of water. They will provide nutrients to your water and help balance the water in you pond. There are all types of plants for all types of ponds, but here are a few plants that you’ll want no matter the type of pond you are building or already may have.
Floating pond plants
Floating pond plants are probably the group of pond plants with the most variety. The benefits of variety are that there will most likely be a floating pond plant that will fit your personal taste. If you look beyond the convenience of having a variety of looks though, these floating plants have many benefits to your pond as well.
Floating pond plants help with algae control and keeping your water clear. They cast shade in your pond which will help prevent algae growth. They also absorb large amounts of nutrients out of the water as they grow. The less nutrients in your water for algae to feed off of, the less algae; the less algae, the clearer the water will be! If you have fish in your pond check out certain types of floating plants like Azolla. These can provide fish with good nutrients to feed off of, which is a nice bonus.
Oxygenating pond plants/Submerged Pond Plants
Having oxygenating pond plants in your pond is going to be essential when it comes to the cleanliness and health of your pond. Oxygenating, as the name would suggest, releases oxygen into your pond. Why is this important? When oxygen is released into your pond it helps maintain the PH levels in your pond naturally. This can also be achieved by putting harmful chemicals into your pond which does nothing to contribute to the overall wellbeing of your plants, wildlife, and water! Maintaining PH levels in your pond keeps your water cleaner and actually helps soften the water as well.
The oxygenating pond plants you are going to want to look at are submerged pond plants. These are completely submerged by water and live in the bottom of your pond. Some examples of these hardy submersible/oxygenating pond plants are rotala, hornwort, or red ludwigia. There are many options of submerged pond plants to choose from, don’t avoid getting some of these kinds of pond plants. These are typically the hardy pond plants you will find and are very important to the overall wellbeing of the environment.
With some general things to look for in pond plants out of the way, here are a few things to think about how you can apply that knowledge to different pond situations you may have.
Wildlife pond plants
If you have a wildlife pond you may have to think about a few different things when it comes to plants for your pond than someone who is putting a water garden in their backyard. You need to keep in mind the variety of animals that your pond will attract, it is important to remember that you should keep your wildlife pond safe for them as well.
When it comes time to plant pond plants in your wildlife pond make sure to choose plants that have that can grow in shallow water, deep water, and of course make sure to have a lot of oxygenating plants in there as well. Giving wildlife a sloped edge to walk down to the pond along with plants that grow in shallow water will help prevent animals from falling into your pond because there is a sudden drop off. Having deep water plants, like water lilies, gives underwater creatures a place for cover and a home for the winter. Oxygenators are, again, important to help keep your pond clean and balanced.
Pond plants and animals
Depending of what kind of pond you have will determine what kind of animals are in and around your pond. Regardless of what kind of animals are around your pond, it is your responsibility to keep the place a safe environment for them to live.
Having the correct pond plants will contribute to the health of the fish and other species of animals that are living in and around the pond. The varieties of plants mentioned above (surface plants, oxygenators, and shallow growing plants) are all essential in keeping a good balanced ecosystem for the wildlife surrounding your pond.
There can be, however, invasive pond plants and animals that can take over and throw off the balance of your pond, thus eventually ruining all of the hard work you put into creating a water garden. These kinds of plants and animals are often introduced to the space by us! We don’t realize that a certain species of fish will eat all of the vegetation, contribute to the mosquito population, or be a threat to other native fish. Why would we think that a beautiful pond plant that looks similar to other common pond plants would suddenly take over the surface of your pond while never contributing to the overall wellbeing and balance of the environment?
Do your research, especially when you are choosing a fish and plants for your pond. You do not want to choose a fish that may eat lots of vegetation, yet gives of harmful nutrients into your water that contributes to algae growth and low oxygen levels in your pond. Be mindful of where you live, what survives best there, and your pond will be a beautifully balanced ecosystem!
Pond plants not only beautify your pond but as you can see; they play an important role in the balance of the water, and wildlife in your pond.
John writes, “I have a 1500 gallon backyard pond and have installed a uv light in it which was supposed to help with green water problems. It doesn’t seem to be helping very much, and I wondered if I did something wrong?”
Answer: Hi John and thanks for the question. Your plan to use a uv sterilizer in your pond to combat green water is a good idea. In truth, when you hear companies talk about fighting pond algae problems with a uv filter, it’s single cell, or green water algae that they are talking about specifically. [Read more…] about I Have A UV Light In My Pond But Still Have Green Water
Janine wrote in recently with a very common question. She asked, “Can I use swimming pool products in my pond?” She went on to mention that she’s had some algae problems in her pond and had tried chlorine for a time but wondered if something else might help the situation.
Answer: Thanks for the question Janine! I’m glad you asked because you are surely not the only person wondering about this. Here’s my take on this topic. I have always taken a very conservative approach to treating my pond or water garden. Which basically means that in a general sense I don’t ever suggest using a pool product in a pond. [Read more…] about Can I Use Pool Products In My Pond?
Pond lighting is one of the very best ways to set a particular mood, or highlight certain areas around a small pond or water garden. In this article we’ll provide a few tips and suggestions that will help you choose the right accents for your pond, and we’ll discuss some of the installations that can be done yourself, or when you might want to hire a pro to help.
Pond lighting can add ambiance to your pond and your garden and allow you to enjoy your pond and relax by it after sunset. A pond light is not very expensive to incorporate. You can easily set one or two submersible 20-watt lights into your pond for well under $700.00. You must take care to include proper mounting brackets so that the lights remain in an upright position. These lights can enhance the look of your pond or exterior area almost instantly.
Pond Lighting Options
Floating lights can also be used to improve the look of your pond and the area nearby. This type of pond lighting and underwater lighting can be either solar or electric. There are several types of led and floating lights available today that can be used to adorn gardens and ponds.
Bright LED lights and stellar lights can be placed anywhere without transformers, cords or electrical circuits. You can really set off your landscaping by using solar lights such as stellar lanterns along the path leading to the pond. Pond lights brighten up the surrounding areas and keep frogs and bugs out of your way while you are enjoying your evening snack in the garden. A pond light such as a rock light can give a whole new look to your pond because of its novel rock-shaped design. These low voltage lights can set the mood for the evening by greatly enhancing a plant or rock landscape.
Fiber Optic Pond Lighting
Another new concept when it comes to pond lighting or submersible lighting is fiber optic garden lighting, which can be very useful if your garden has a waterfall. In this case, light is transmitted to the water through cable; a color wheel is also used. However, the disadvantage of using this method is that it can be quite expensive since fiber optic cable itself is expensive.
Landscape Lighting Around The Pond
Oil lamps and candles are inexpensive ways to light up a garden. These minute lighting elements can add great ambiance to the entire setting without increasing your power bill drastically. This type of lighting also suggests that not every form of light needs to go in the pond itself. Much of the mood, as well as safety around the pond can be enhanced through the use of well placed landscape lighting. Some of these lights can be hidden in faux rocks, and conventional solar lighting can be used near walkways to create a safer environment.
Halogen Or LED Pond Lights?
Halogen lights cannot be considered superior underwater lighting because they may not last for a long time. When they fail, the pond has to be drained because it may not be safe to leave a failed garden lighting element in the water for a long time. LED lights that go in the water are a cost effective and viable alternative to halogen bulbs. The best advantage of using LED lighting for ponds is that it can emanate an array of colors and make all the other decorative pieces such as fountains and statues glow in splendor.
Individual features such as sculptures, rocks and waterfalls can be accentuated through various types of lighting. These lighting elements can cause a waterfall to sparkle or illuminate pieces of rock most appropriately. Most landscapers use pond lights such as LED lights for homes because of their economical nature. Pond lighting even with safe LED technology is a task that you must leave to the professionals. An experienced landscaper best installs these lights. He will mount them in the correct locations to get the desired results.