How to Maintain Your Outdoor Water Features

When you have outdoor water features like ponds, fountains, and bird baths, they can add ambiance and beauty to your garden. They attract many birds and creatures, and the sound is very soothing. Unfortunately, if you don't clean them on a regular basis, they can grow bacteria, algae, and mildew. Here are some tips for maintaining your outdoor water features.

Replace the Bird Bath Water Often

If you have a bird bath in your yard, it not only provides a beautiful water feature, but it feeds your neighborhood birds as well. However, if the water gets algae or fungus, it can make the birds ill. It is best that you check it often to make sure the water is clean. It is also a good idea to empty the water and clean the bowl of the bird bath regularly. Just using fresh water and a scrub brush should be enough in most instances. You can also get out your hose and put a low-pressure nozzle on it. Rinsing the bird bath with slight pressure helps to remove any bacteria forming in the bird bath. When you're done cleaning it, make sure it is rinsed clean, then fill it with fresh water for your feathered friends.

Clean and Maintain Your Pond

Outdoor ponds also need regular cleaning and maintenance, beginning with skimming the pond water to make sure no debris is inside. You may want to use a pond detoxifying product, which can help reduce nitrites and ammonia in the pond. If you have a liner pond, it may develop algae, to keep a close eye on the edge and bottom of the pond, emptying it and cleaning it as necessary. There are also products that will remove foam from the water. The filter is very important and must be cleaned regularly. If it isn't clean, it could cause more bacteria to get into the pond water.

Install a Skimmer

Different types of water features, such as ponds and water fountains, will get excess debris that is difficult to keep up with on your own. This is where the advantage of installing a skimmer come in. A skimmer automatically sweeps the top of the water, gathering debris as it does so. Inside the skimmer device is a basket where the debris is stored. It can gather everything from twigs and branches, to fallen leaves and flower petals. It may even gather some water insects that are in the water. All you have to do is check the basket periodically to dispose of the debris.