A well-kept garden with an artificial pond is usually particularly elegant and always has a certain charm. Beautiful water lilies or other aquatic plants can be grown there and some fish can also be placed there. However, this is a water point to which proper maintenance must be dedicated, providing adequate and thorough cleaning periodically. In this guide, we will see how to clean the garden pond.
Decaying foliage, small debris, organic deposits left by fish, dust or other dirt brought by the wind or rain are elements that tend to cloud the water and easily generate dangerous toxins. Therefore it is necessary to keep the pond cavity clean by intervening once there.
For a good general cleaning, it is first advisable to remove and transfer the aquatic plants and fish that live in the pond. Place them gently in basins or other containers filled with water. Empty the tin completely. Use a pump (paying attention to any small stones or other debris that could create obstructions), if it is rather wide and deep.
If, on the other hand, its dimensions are very small, a large container can also be used. Don’t work alone. Act in the company of a second person because sometimes the slime deposited on the bottom gives off gases that easily cause dizziness. When you are alone, even a trivial illness can be dangerous.
Once all the water has been removed, carefully clean the walls and the bottom of the cavity. Remove foreign bodies, slime, and decayed foliage deposits using a brush and hot water. Be careful not to create abrasions or other damage on the surface of the waterproof coating. Rinse the inside of the pit well with clean water. Then remove it completely. Fill it now with new clean water with a temperature suitable for keeping any fish and plants alive. Then place the plants and fish back in the pond.
Well, at this point, you have a thoroughly cleaned pond. Now you can dedicate yourself to normal and simple maintenance of your pond to be carried out more frequently. A long handle net removes leaves, blades of grass, wooden sticks, insects, or other things. Act regularly, once every 15 days, for example. In any case, intervene after a summer storm, a strong wind and intensify your treatments in the autumn.
Be careful when removing mold and algae that form in the pond, especially in the corners. It is not always necessary to eliminate them completely, but the excesses do. This can be done with a special sponge, but remember that you should never use chemicals to avoid contaminating the water.
Attention: if you empty the pond with a pump using extension cables, keep the ends out of the water!