You saw how my pond looked like when I got my new garden, have a look here.
After cleaning up everything the banks as well as all the dried stuff around it, I just waited to see what happens.
- Never underestimate nature.
You don´t need to plan so much and bring in new plants all at once. It´s better to first lean back and wait what nature will have for you on its own.
You will see some really great things happen, I promise you! After making space from all the weedy and space consuming plants the fern and also other plants emerged again like plenty of yellow iris or the flowering from the yucca filamentosa.
- Clear the pond regularly
There are plenty of nutrition that can make your pond overgrow with algae. One week you have none a week later you thing: “WTF, where did you came from?” So watch your pond and the development of the water.
I love scooping my pond, it´s like meditation for me. The great thing about it, the nutrition are super great for your compost, so bring it on!
- Give your animals room
Don´t cut away all the plants that surround your pond. I now people who want to look at their pond from every angle of their garden, it´s maybe nice for them, but very unfriendly to the animals. To have plants where a dragonfly can land on and other animals can hide in is crucial to a well-balanced pond life.
My pond has grass snakes babies, most of the time 6 of these small varmints. Too hunt and eat the tadpoles in my pond, the need a space to fell secure in.
Build an area where your animals can rest or even heat themselves up. I build a dry rock wall on the south part of my pond. Lizards and frogs love to sit in the sun and heat up their bodies. The stones absorb the short radiation of the sun and radiate a long heat wave back. Even if the sun isn´t shining any more, the stones store heat.
- Sleeping beauty over winter
Please don´t cut back dried plants before winter. I often see gardeners who are eager to clear their gardens and leaf everything blank and even the ground without any cover plants.
The animals need these dried up plants. I do the cutting back earliest in March to give animals the chance to hide during winter. Also compost piles or raised beds are a great hiding spot.
Maybe your pond area doesn´t look like a stunning beauty contest winner right now, but it will again, so enjoy the power of nature.
How about your pond? I´m happy with every new idea.