Maintaining the Water Feature of Your Landscape

In Summer on June 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Written by admin
Adding hardscape features to your landscape is a great way to add some diversity to the design and water features are very common hardscape features used in many landscapes.  Water features can take several forms such as pools, ponds, waterfalls, fountains, and dry creek beds that can be worked into your own unique landscape design.  However, many water features require a significant amount of maintenance to keep them clean and functional.  Homeowners should take these maintenance tips into consideration before investing in a water feature for their landscapes. Pool and Hot Tub Cleaning Pools and hot tubs are an excellent addition to your landscape but they require consistent maintenance in order to stay clean.  Pools require chemicals such as chlorine to help keep the water clean and you must remove any debris that ends up in the pool by using telepoles, skimmers, and vacuums made specifically for pools and hot tubs.  It may also be necessary to wash the walls and floors of the interior of the pool, especially when opening it back up for the summer.  Hot tubs are maintained in a similar matter but they are much smaller and a bit more fragile than swimming pools.  You must take special care when vacuuming hot tubs because of their fiberglass surface and be careful when adding chemicals because the lower water volume makes the chemicals much more potent. Pond or Waterfall Cleaning While pools and hot tubs are meant for you to get in and enjoy, some water features such as ponds, fountains, and waterfalls are added to enhance the appearance of the landscape.  However, these types of water features generally require more maintenance than pools or hot tubs.  Ponds and waterfalls use fresh water and if your pond contains fish, then it is especially important to consistently clean the pond water.  One of the biggest problems that occur in waterfalls and ponds is algae growth.  Algae growth is more likely to occur if the water feature receives direct sunlight and it can be treated with algaecides that are safe for fish.  Some of these algaecides may affect other plants however which makes alternative methods such as algae-eating fish more beneficial in certain scenarios. Another great way to maintain your pond, waterfall, or fountain is to make sure you consistently remove organic material.  This material includes plant matter such as leaves, twigs, and sticks as well as bugs and pollen.  By removing these organic materials, you will help keep the water and the feature itself clean and reduce the risk of a pest infestation. If you have water features in your landscape or are considering adding one, make sure you understand the amount of maintenance that water features require to stay clean and functional and keep your yard safe.  Water features are a major investment and while they can add much beauty and enjoyment to your landscape, they must be maintained on a regular basis.  If you would like to talk to a professional about adding a water feature to your lawn contact Green T Landscaping.  Our experienced landscapers can help you decide on a water feature that works with your existing landscape design. Comment »
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