Did you know that it's easy (really!) to enhance and maintain water clarity in your ornamental ponds?
Here's how ...
The secret is to maintain a balanced ecosystem (pH around 6-7) which is a fancy way of saying that you need the RIGHT kind of bacteria to flourish.
During the winter months, bacteria becomes dormant. Start by seeding your bio-filter with beneficial bacteria (available at your local pond supply store, PetSmart, or online) - depending on the size of your pond, this will take approximately 7-10 days before your will notice a change in the climate of your pond with ever-increasing improvements noted daily.
In addition, shade will reduce algae growth and can be simulated with lily pads which provide not only a practical purpose but an attractive addition. Shoot for 50% water surface to be shaded.
With these quick fixes in mind, your ornamental pond can provide years of enjoyment and relaxation with very little maintenance.