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GLT's Grow: Pond Management

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A well-cared for pond will return your investment with serene beauty.

Ponds on our property can add beauty and value. They can also add to our to-do list.

  • Be it a natural pond, or man-made, you've got to put a little effort into maintaining this space.
  • Keep you pond full at all times. When litter gets into your pond, remove it immediately before it gets stuck in the agitator.
  • Start at the edges to protect your pond. A filter strip can protect your pond. Your lawn should transition off the pond. Low colonizing plants come next. Try a yew or burning bush.
  • A debris-prone tree is not good to have near ponds. You'll be forever cleaning out leaves.
  • Koi, guppies, blue gill, trout, channel catfish and more help to keep that pond clean. Water that supports fish shows that your pond is healthy.
  • Watch out for too much algae. Chemicals can often be to blame. That lawn fertilizer that was over-applied can cause problems. Algicide should be used only as a last resort.  Sterile grass carp will eat the algae for you. Get them from an authorized fishery.

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Reporter, content producer and former All Things Considered host, Laura Kennedy is a native of the Midwest who occasionally affects an English accent just for the heck of it. Related to two U.S. presidents, Kennedy appalled her family by going into show business.