Garden & Pond Top Tips

Provide underwater structures. These are important because they provide a refuge for smaller fish. Place pallets, formed into tepee shapes, on the bottom of ponds. Christmas trees are another good structure. You should burn off the needles first, as they can plug pumps and put a large amount of organic material into the pond. You don't want to build more than three or four structures per acre.

At imas we firmly believe that a successful pond is established through great planning, the right equipment installed properly and an understanding of on going maintenance procedures and the ability to carry them out.

To Clean out or not clean out

We believe that with the right equipment, coupled to any necessary servicing, there shouldn’t be reason for your pond to be cleaned in its entirety. This aggressive manner of servicing is counter productive, as with many things little and often is best and most rewarding.

Although we would usually employ the services of a filtration system, this will only provide when maintained correctly a high level of water quality and clarity.  To enable good plant growth and inhibit the likes of blanket weed it is generally good practice to allow your pond to develop and establish.

Many different animals will visit your pond and many more will set up camp.  As your pond develops, the plants grow and everything naturalises, an ever evolving habitat will reveal itself and offer true value for your efforts.

This is not to suggest that a pond will never need to be cleaned out completely.  Here are some scenarios where a complete overhaul is necessary.

1.) Where a pond has been left without any maintenance.  It may be deemed necessary as the only sensible procedure to re-establish control and a good working knowledge.  This is often the case when a pond is inherited.  See refurbishment.

2.) If a disease has become prevalent amongst inhabitants and is continually aggravated through a poor pond conditions.

3.) The pond lining has been compromised and needs repair or replacement.