Maintaining the water level in your feature or pond is crucial to keeping it running properly and for preserving the life of your pump. Make sure the pump is always covered by the water since water acts to lubricate and cool the pump as it operates.
If you are topping up with tap water, do this gradually. We always recommend leaving the tap water a few days in a bucket outside before topping up the pond to allow the fluoride in the water to break down, which is better for the ecology of your pond.
Cleaning your pump is recommended at least once a year. A good time to do this is when the fountain is drained and cleaned for the winter and of course turned off. A simple way to clean the pump during the year is to use a garden hose placed against the outlet of your fountain to ‘back flush’ clean water through the pump.
Your new pond, regardless of how big or small, is a tiny ecosystem. This means that various processes will be taking place under the water surface of your garden pond, which will change its appearance and composition in time. For instance, if you have fish in the garden pond, they will make it dirty through excretion processes. This debris can increase levels of ammonia and other chemicals that can become toxic for the fish in time, in case the pond is not cleaned.
Also, fish consume the oxygen in the water, so besides cleaning you will also need to aerate the pond. It is true that if you have plants, they will release some oxygen into the water, but they will still need your help for restoring the balance into the garden pond... also watch out the pond is not overstocked with fish!
But, even without fish, the garden pond still needs periodic cleaning because things are happening in it all the time. The most common problem in the case of garden ponds is green algae accumulation.
This type of algae is the one that makes the water in the pond look green like pea soup. If it spreads too much, it can lead to the suffocation of the garden pond, because these algae also consume the oxygen within the pond. Sunlight invigorates algae growth so make sure marginal plants are well maintained around the water edge.
Besides algae, you will be surprised to see that aquatic weeds can also take over your garden pond, ruining its beautiful look. Shade is key. These are processes that are taking place in every body of water naturally, they can be kept under control in your garden through regular cleaning and maintenance of your pond.
Our UK climate is warm enough that all our garden fountains can be left running virtually all year round. Even as the frosty mornings arrive, the movement of the water and the slight warmth generated by the pump will keep your fountain free from ice. However, if the water in the fountain bowls is allowed to freeze it can, as it expands, cause damage to the pump and fountain bowl.