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A pond is a great addition to any garden, as it provides a place for birds and small animals to gather. It also provides a place for you to grow flowers, herbs, or vegetables. Since it will be close to water, and preferably moving water, many different birds and insect pollinators will be drawn to the flowers or herbs that are there. They’ll spread the pollen to fertilise your plants and keep them growing healthily.

A pond also does its part for the environment. As you might know, the population of pollinating bees is dropping due to changing weather and an overabundance of insecticides on plants. Many scientists who study this situation say a true problem is brewing, specifically as the overwhelming majority of the world’s food is pollinated by insects and much of that by bees. So, the disappearance of bees actually creates a food crisis, but the same scientists say that every person doing their little bit can help keep the population going strong. That means planting some bright, great smelling flowers around your pond to create a tiny ecosystem. It’s a great way to do your part to help the environment. However, if you don’t keep your pond in good shape, it will just be an eyesore that smells bad and attracts mosquitoes and other pests.

Keep it Clean

You need to make sure that you select high quality pond pumps to keep the water in your pond moving. The water needs to stay moving so that it can circulate any debris that might have settled into the pond. It can then be filtered out by the pump, or by a pond skimmer. Also, keeping the water moving helps to introduce oxygen into your pond. The fish in your pond need oxygen that is dissolved in the water. Also, oxygen helps speed along any decay that might occur but it doesn’t produce the sort of swampy decay that is undesirable. Aerobic decay is the process by which compost is made. You can also help keep a pond clean by choosing the right plants.

Choosing Plants

There are several different plants you can choose to go around your pond. If you don’t want to spend too much time worrying about your pond, you should plant low-maintenance herbs that smell great. Any of the varieties of mint would work, but a generic spearmint is often preferred because it is so hardy. Anytime the wind blows it, or someone rustles through the leaves, it will release a minty fragrance into the air. You have to be careful with mint, though. It produces low running stems that can then create more plants, so if you’re not careful, it will take over your whole yard. Some people don’t mind that, though.

Mint and other vigorously growing plants are great because they consume a lot of water. The areas around your pond can sometimes have water that overflows or seeps into the ground. While this isn’t a large problem, it can create the perpetually moist conditions that lend to smelly decay and insects. Very thirsty plants mitigate that risk.

Dumbleton Greenwald

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