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2 Ways To Keep Your Swimming Pond Healthy

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If you like swimming, you may have looked at properties that have a natural pond that you can use to swim. If you couldn't find a property with a pond on it and you have the room, you may have chosen to build a pond for swimming on your property. It doesn't matter if your pond is a naturally occurring one or one that is manmade, you are still going to need to make sure that it is healthy so that you can enjoy your swimming experience.   

Put in Some Fish

The thought of fish nibbling your toes while you swim may make you feel a little wobbly in your tummy, but there are several good reasons to put some fish in your pond. One is that there are fish that will nibble on the plants that grow in your pond. That will help to keep algae and other harmful plants under control. Other fish will eat things like mosquito larvae, which all bodies of water attract. Fish are also a good way to gauge the health of your pond. If you start seeing a lot of dead fish, you know that it's time to check out your water quality. 

Check with your local wildlife agency to find out what fish are best for your area. Some states will ban certain kinds of fish in ponds. You should also make sure that the fish you want will do what you want them to do. 

Limit Pesticides, Herbicides, and Insecticides

It can be tempting to spray herbicides around your pond or your lawn to get rid of the weeds or other undesirable plants. Likewise, you may have problems with insects and pests and you want to clear them out. The problem with that is that all those 'cides are going to end up in your pond, even if you didn't spray them right by the pond. That's because of runoff. When it rains, water is going to wash all those things right into your pond. You can lose beneficial plants and insects that way and kill off your fish. Those things can lead to the water quality suffering and overgrowth of nasty things. 

Swimming in your own pond means that you can get out and go whenever you want. You also don't have to share your pond if you don't want to. But making sure it's healthy is important. An unhealthy pond is no fun. Contact local professionals, such as those from JK Landscaping & Grading Inc, for further assistance.