Macomb & Oakland Michigan (MI) Aquatic Plants Information
Do I need plants in my Pond?
Aquatic Plants are Mother Nature’s true filters. Plants are great for adding character to a Macomb & Oakland Michigan (MI) area pond by providing color and texture, but from a filtration perspective, they’re second to none. Thriving from the excess nutrients in a pond and depriving algae of its food source, the aquatic plants in a water garden, given proper coverage, are critical for the overall health of the ecosystem.
In the pond/water features context, a Macomb & Oakland Michigan (MI) pond without aquatic plants is…
- without sufficient oxygen
- without happy and healthy fish
- without aerobic (good) bacteria
- without the ability to break down waste products
- without naturally crystal clear water
- the ability to inhibit algae growth, and
- that most resembles a pot of green pea soup
Advice for using Aquatic Plants in your Pond and Stream
If you want to have a low-maintenance, naturally balanced ecosystem pond, you absolutely must incorporate plants into your Macomb & Oakland Michigan (MI) water garden. Without aquatic plants,algae will enjoy a healthy feast on the nutrients that are available in the pond. Following are some easy tips to help you succeed in making sure you keep your Macomb & Oakland Michigan (MI) pond balanced with aquatic plants.
Include a minimum number of plants for your pond.
We recommend a minimum of 40-50% of the surface area of your pond covered with plants. This can be accomplished with shallow bog plants, waterlilies, floating plants, or any combination thereof. Plant cover helps shade the water keeping it cool for the fish and slowing the growth of algae. In addition, the coverage of plants provides the fish with a safe place to hide from predators. Additionally, plants make it possible to blend your pond in with your existing Macomb & Oakland Michigan (MI) landscape.
Use plants to naturally filter the water in your pond.
Plants absorb nitrates and phosphates that would otherwise encourage and contribute to algae growth. Generally speaking, the more plants you have, the less algae-related maintenance will be required.
Prune plants to keep them from overtaking the pond.
If your Macomb & Oakland Michigan (MI) pond looks like it’s being suffocated by plants, it’s time to do a little pruning to regain a balanced look. Aquatic plants are usually very easy to divide, but each different type has its own requirements. Invest in a good aquatic plant book and you’ll have all the information you need. When you’re finished dividing them, you will likely have some extra [plants that you can use to decorate a less crowded section of the pond, or you can share them with your water gardening friends.
Add marginal plants for a natural look.
When you look at ponds out in the wild you’ll see Mother Nature has incorporated a variety of plants around the edges. Be sure to include marginal aquatic plants in your pond to help soften the edges and make your pond blend in with the surrounding landscape. Plant your marginal close to the edge, or even between the rocks surrounding the pond. You’ll be rewarded with a more natural-looking Macomb & Oakland Michigan (MI) pond.