The Pond Scourge Called Algae

Despite the fact that it is a natural process, the growth of algae in the ornamental pond is something most pond keepers consider unacceptable. The majority of the algae fall into one of two types, free floating planktonic algae and filamentous algae. The only things either of these require to grow is sunlight, water and nutrition in the form of the fish wastes, nitrate, and phosphate. We can try to control the algae by providing competition in the form of ornamental plants for the available food source.

Start Your Pond Plant Planning Early

Although we are still in winter’s grip, spring will be here sooner than you think. Late January through February is a great time to start planning what pond plants you will add this year and where/how you will plant them. You need to keep in mind having plants that cover the surface, submerged plants, and bog (or marginal) plants. All three of these plant types have specific purpose.

A Pond Plant Primer for Your New Water Garden

Planning what types and how to lay out the plants for your pond can be one of the more challenging tasks involved in your pond setup, but if done correctly, can be one of the most rewarding. First you must recognize what style of pond you wish to keep: koi pond, formal pond, informal pond, water garden, or natural pond, or bog pond.