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Understanding Water Feature Maintenance

Posted on: June 14, 2014

Water features are a popular addition to many Maryland yards, and it’s easy to see why! They’re elegant and attractive, and can add a layer of complexity to your landscape design. However, they can pose a significant amount of upkeep and maintenance. Before you invest in a water feature, it’s best to know the ins and outs of the maintenance it will require!

To learn more about water feature maintenance, or about Four Seasons’ beautiful water features, contact us today!

How to Maintain a Yard Pond or Waterfall

Your water feature is just like a pool or hot tub but requires even more work. Since water features use fresh water, keeping water clean requires more than pool chemicals—especially if your water feature has fish! While you probably won’t be getting in this water, doing routine maintenance on your water feature is essential in keeping your yard clean and safe.

The biggest issue you’ll encounter with your water feature is algae. If your pond gets direct sunlight, it will see more algae growth than ponds built in the shade. You can counter algae problems by using fish-friendly algaecide. However, some algaecides aren’t as safe for common water plants as they are for your fish. If you want to maintain your plants’ safety and keep the pH balance of your pond the appropriate level for your fish, you have to do your research.

The best way to stay proactive with your pond or waterfall maintenance is to remove any organic matter that falls into the water, such as:

  • Leaves
  • Bugs
  • Pollen
  • Twigs and sticks

If you want clear water, cleaning these things out is a daily chore. Not only will removing organic matter keep your water feature clean, but it will help cut down on pests like mosquitoes.

Learn More About Water Features in Maryland

Four Seasons offers beautiful water features for your yard. Whether you want a babbling brook, a waterfall, or a verdant, serene fish pond, we have you covered! To learn more about our water feature services in Maryland, contact Four Seasons today!


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