The key to a beautiful pond is clear, clean water — but what happens when leaves, twigs and other debris fall in?
Natural debris and other foreign substances decompose in the water. The decomposition process contributes to dirty pond water that can harm fish and the delicate ecosystems beneath the surface.
How Decomposition Hurts Pond Life
Cloudy, dirty water takes away from the aesthetic appearance of any pond. Further, decomposing organic materials within the water can release compounds that pull oxygen from the water and put fish at risk.
Decaying organic materials also provide ideal conditions for algae to bloom, which can impact the way your pond looks and harm your fish.
Creating a Barrier Against Foreign Substances in Your Pond
Pond netting can mitigate the risk of foreign objects contaminating your pond, although it isn’t right for every situation. Typically, pond netting will serve you best if your pond is surrounded by trees or is at risk of catching debris that blows in from other locations.
Because installing pond netting is a preventive measure, you’ll need to ensure your pond is clean and free from debris that could harm your fish or lower the water quality before you place a net. With the right net in place, you’ll save yourself several hours of tedious, physically intense work because you won’t need to scoop soggy, decayed leaves from the bottom of your pond.
The Added Benefits of Pond Netting
Pond fish are often victims of natural predators. However, pond netting can help protect your fish from being plucked out of their habitat by a hungry bird, raccoons or other predators.
Many pond owners continue to use nets during the winter, when tree branches are likely to become laden with ice, break from trees and fall into ponds. The jagged edges of those branches have been known to slice through liners, causing irreparable damage and requiring pond owners to spend even more money on replacements.
Using Pond Netting Correctly
Many pond nets come with stakes that enable you to stretch the barrier over your pond without allowing it to touch the surface of the water. It’s important to keep your net out of the water because when leaves and other debris become wet, they also become heavier and more difficult to remove.
Pond nets are an essential part of keeping a clean, healthy and fish-friendly pond. Because debris that falls into ponds — particularly organic materials, such as leaves, sticks and grass clippings – can quickly begin to decompose, pond owners need a reliable way to remove it before the decomposition process affects water quality and clarity.
Every pond has unique needs, though, and it’s imperative that you choose the right net to tackle the issues yours faces.
Choosing the Right Pond Net
From fish nets to pond skimmers, the type of pond you have will determine which pond net you need. Based on the size of your fish, the amount of debris your pond typically gathers and your personal preferences, you may need a round, 13-inch net or 30-inch net with a telescoping handle. If your pond liner is coated in a layer of sludge, you can use a heavy-duty pond net to remove it.
If you’re having a difficult time choosing the right pond net for your needs, call us at 215-525-1440 or contact us online. Our pond experts will be happy to help you make the right decision.