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A natural pond keeps itself healthy when the pond is decorated with the right aquatic plants
The best composition of different hardy aquatic plants for a natural pond
What is a natural pond?
A natural pond is an outdoor water feature that is maintained naturally, without the use of chemicals or mechanical devices such as filters or pumps. Instead, a natural pond relies on biological processes to keep the water clean and healthy.
A natural pond can be filled with rainwater, groundwater or tap water and can be constructed with different materials, such as rocks, stones, sand, clay and aquatic plants. In a natural pond, there is room for plants and animals to live and grow, helping to create a balanced ecosystem.
A natural pond can serve as an aesthetic addition to the garden, as a natural habitat for animals and as a natural source of irrigation for plants and trees in the area. Maintenance of a natural pond can vary depending on the size and conditions of the pond, but may include regular removal of dead plants and leaves, replenishing water and managing the amount of sunlight and shade that falls on the pond.
A natural pond does not need pond liner, substrate and bacteria and comes into biological balance through nature and mainly just the plants. The major difference with an organic plant pond is that it does use pond liner, substrate and bacteria to keep the water clean and healthy.
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For a natural pond, fully organically grown hardy pond plants are a must, to ensure that the pond thrives and is sustainable.
Natural pond construction and landscaping in an environmentally friendly manner
Natural ponds with aquatic plants contribute to the restoration of biodiversity and provide important habitat for pond animals and pond fish. Natural ponds, through the diversity of aquatic plants stable water quality without burdening the environment with a variety of unnecessary and expensive measuring devices and water improvers.
Summary of the YouTube video: "HOW TO BUILD ALL NATURAL POND WITHOUT LINER |LOW COST+MAINTENANCE |BIG BACKYARD WATER LAKE HABITAT'
The video is about building a 3000-square-foot all-natural pond in the backyard without the use of a liner. The goal is to design the pond using natural resources, such as rainwater and groundwater, to maintain water levels. The process begins by connecting the pond to the nearest stormwater drain and using PVC drainage pipes to direct the flow of water to the pond. House downspouts are also connected to the pipe to use existing water as efficiently as possible. The edges of the pond are modified by removing sloping soil and creating a steep edge. This design choice helps to minimize water level fluctuations and ensure that the water surface remains even. The depth of the pond is about 2 meters, and the area around the pond is cleared of grass, shrubs and small trees. To keep the pond completely natural, there will be pond plants planted such as oxygen plants, marsh plants and water lilies. These plants help maintain water quality and provide habitat for pond fish and other pond animals.
Natural materials for pond design
The video also recommends putting fish in the pond, but only after the aquatic plants have grown and not putting too many pond fish in the pond. Since it is a natural pond, there are no pond pumps and pond filters installed. When feeding the fish, it is essential to remember that any nutrients added to the water must be purified by the pond itself. Adding too many nutrients can algae growth cause, which can be harmful to the fish. To improve the appearance of the pond, natural materials such as stones and tree trunks are added. These materials help create an all-natural character for the pond and add eye-catchers to create a harmonious atmosphere. It is recommended to add only one or two eye-catchers, otherwise your eye will not know where to look. In general, the natural pond is low maintenance. The only maintenance required is mowing the grass and in the fall pruning the various types of aquatic plants.
Designer of the natural pond: ''Carl the Landscape guy''
@Carlthelandscapeguy is a YouTuber who specializes in landscaping and gardening. He has a YouTube channel on which he posts videos about building ponds, streams, waterfalls and other garden-related items. His videos are educational and provide detailed instructions on how to tackle different projects, including tips on what materials to use and how to make the projects as efficient and sustainable as possible. Carl is also an advocate of natural gardens and the use of natural materials, as he demonstrates in his videos on building natural ponds without liners. Through his practical approach and expert knowledge, Carl has built a loyal following of viewers who want to improve their own gardens and landscapes.
Pond specialist and naturalist: Simon van der Velde
Simon van der Velde is a passionate pond specialist who has been helping people realize their dream pond since 1986 through his company "Van der Velde Water Plants". His vision goes beyond creating beautiful ponds, as he wants to restore biodiversity in the Netherlands, Europe and eventually the entire world. Simon inspires people to build a natural pond in their garden, without the use of pumping systems and filters. He believes that these are unnecessary when the pond is set up correctly, and that nature can do its job, as originally intended. In addition to his work as a pond specialist, Simon is also a passionate naturalist who is dedicated to preserving nature and the environment.
Nature pond tips from pond specialist Simon
Create an oasis of life in your garden by building a natural pond. Let Simon, our pond specialist and an aquatic plant grower, guide you with helpful tips and advice for spectacular and lasting results.
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