09 Jan 2021

How to Drain a Pond (With or without a Pump)

How to Drain a Pond (With or without a Pump)

Do You Really Need to Drain Your Pond?

If you own a pond, you have likely invested time in understanding the proper procedures for maintaining it and worked hard to do so. Nonetheless, we often get sidetracked by life, and there may come a time when the pond is simply beyond cleaning. If this happens, don’t worry. You may have a little work ahead of you, but your mission will be clear. Once you drain your pond, you can clean it much easier.

Signs to Drain the Pond

A Damaged Pond Liner

Roots, burrowing animals, or other intrusions can cause a plastic pond liner to rupture, resulting in a leak. Leaks can cause unwanted outside pollution, or worse – the water can drain completely out of your pond. If this happens, you will have some contractor work to do to replace the liner, and step one will be draining the pond. (If your basin is concrete, or for some other reason doesn’t require a liner, then you likely won’t have to worry about this situation.)

Algae Blooms

If the algae in your pond is blooming out of control, and it has overwhelmed your filter’s capacity to cleanse the water, then it may be time to drain your pond. At first algae will turn the water a tint of green. Then it will become a green murky cloud. Then the algae will thicken. At a certain point, cleaning your pond water becomes impractical, as does partial water replacement. If this happens, it is time to drain your pond.

Sludge and Tannins

Decaying organic material produces tannins that turn your water brown and contribute to a layer of muck at the bottom of your pond. This muck can eventually build up and coat all of the pond’s underwater features, making it difficult for people to see anything inside. Water replacement will help the tannin problem a bit, and pond vacuums are made to clean sludge – to a certain point. However, if these issues are left unattended for long enough, draining your pond will be the most expedient solution.

Fish and Wildlife

Perhaps, in your case, you can address the cleaning of rocks, silt, sludge, and algae using conventional methods. However, the wildlife in your pond may not be able to handle the temporary upheaval in their ecosystem. If this is the case, you will need to take them out of the pond temporarily while you clean it.

This precaution is challenging and poses some risk to your pets. So if you find it necessary, you might as well take the opportunity to perform a deep cleaning by draining your pond. After a deep clean, your pond will be easier to maintain, and thus you should be able to wait awhile before having to inconvenience your wildlife again.

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How do I Drain my Pond with a Pump?

The principle is simple. You place the pump near (or in) the pond, locate the intake valve (or take-up hose) at the lowest point of the pond, and the mouth of the outflow hose next to whatever drain opening you want the water to flow into. You may have to do a little research on the laws of your municipality to determine whether the water you are draining is harmful to drainage systems or waterways; in such case, you might need to use the sewer. Once the pump is located, you plug it into the appropriate outlet and turn it on.

There are many different types of pump available for draining a pond. Which one is best for you will depend on the size of your pond, the quality of the water, the depth of your pond and distance to the drain, and your budget. And you must account for these factors when shopping for one. But in this section, we briefly describe a few kinds of pumps to get the ball rolling.

 

Submersible Pumps

Submersible Pumps are placed at the lowest point of your pond, and thus they rely on gravity to take in water all the way through the process. The pump then pushes the water out. As with any pump, the deeper your pond is, the harder it must work to push the water out to the height of the point at which it begins to flow downhill. So make sure you select one powerful enough to drain your entire pond. 

Solar-Powered Pumps

This option can save you money on electricity. With some exceptions, they tend to offer less draining power, and thus are better suited for smaller ponds. They work best during bright daylight hours. But the cost savings makes them appealing, and they are portable: You can position them at any point near your pond, or use them anywhere.

Hand Pumps

Again, this option works best with smaller ponds. Given their mechanical simplicity, they are reliable and durable. As with solar pumps, you won’t have to worry about being near an electrical outlet. Unlike with solar pumps, you can use them in any weather, or during day or night.

How To Drain A Pond Without A Pump

Unless you want to form a bucket brigade, your best bet for emptying your pond without a pump is to syphon the water to a hillside or open drain. Get a hose (without any leaks), place one end at the lowest point in the pond’s basin, and the other end at a point lower in elevation than that. Apply just enough suction at the lower end to get the water from one end to the other, and the force of gravity acting on the pond’s surface will do the rest, pushing the water into the hose at the bottom of the pond, and through it to your pre-determined exit point. All you have to do is wait for the water to drain.

Refilling your Pond

When you refill your pond, make sure you treat the water with a water softener appropriate for the place you live. The softener will neutralize the effects of heavy metals and other toxins like chlorine or ammonia on your pond’s ecosystem. You may also wish to add beneficial bacteria to aid in the breakdown of organic matter and keep your water clean. Activated carbon can also help with filtration. After treating your water, re-introduce your wildlife, making sure to carefully match the water temperature of the holding tank(s) to the temperature of your pond.

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02 Jan 2021

How to Identify Pond Weeds

How to Identify Pond Weeds

If you own a pond, by now you may have noticed that weeds will occasionally take root in or around it. However, you may also have noticed that many of these aquatic weeds do not resemble the weeds commonly found in your yard. Common yard weeds will occasionally take root around the perimeter of your pond, and are easy enough to spot and remove.

However, this page specifically targets aquatic weeds, which require some knowledge on your part to identify. With a little homework, you should be able to tell them apart from your other aquatic plants, and extract them.

Weeds are weeds, right? What’s the big deal?

I know what you’re thinking: “I think I can tell what a weed is. It’s any plant that I didn’t deliberately put in my pond, correct? Can’t I just go and yank ’em out?” Well, okay. However, knowledge is still power. The more you know about the species of aquatic plants you have growing in your pond the more power you have over the direction your pond takes.

There are many reasons why you might want to know how to identify weeds. Some are more invasive than others, and thus require more immediate attention. Some may have properties that can be beneficial to your pond or marine life. Others blend into your other plants so well that you won’t know they are there until you know what they look like and how to spot them. And others may have special qualities that require some care on your part in order to remove without complications. In other words, it’s time for you to learn your weeds.

What are the Four Main Types of Pond Weeds?

alligator-weedsEmergent Plants

Emergent Plants are those with roots in the soil at the bottom of the water, yet with stems that rise above its surface. Some parts of these plants lurk below the surface, and other parts float on the surface. But all are rooted below. For example, water lilies float on the surface, but their stems reach to the bottom, where they are rooted.

  • Alligator Weed
  • Blue-hyssop
  • Bog Moss
  • Bulltongue Arrowhead
  • Bulrush Species
  • Bur-reed
  • Cattail
  • Large Flower Primrose Willow
  • Pickerelweed 
  • Water Pennywort
  • Wild Taro

american-featherfoilFloating Plants

Floating Plants and Weeds are plants whose roots dangle below the surface and are not anchored to the floor below. In a relatively stable environment (such as a pond) the plant can simply drift around on the surface, living out its life cycle without major difficulty. Water Hyacinths, for example, are not rooted at the floor; they simply float around on the surface.

  • American Featherfoil
  • Azolla (Mosquito Fern)
  • Bladderwort
  • Common Salvinia
  • Duckweed (Dotted Duckweed, Giant Duckweed)
  • Giant Salvinia
  • Floating Crystalwort
  • Florida Mudmidget
  • Rooted Water Hyacinth
  • Watermeal
  • Water Hyacinth
  • Water Lettuce

pond weedsSubmerged Plants

Submerged Plants are rooted at the floor of a body of water, with most or all of their mass below the surface. Often they have flaccid stems, which prevent them from rising above the surface. Hydrilla is an example of a submerged plant; it may resemble seaweed, but it is not algae. It has roots, a stem, and leaves, and they all work just fine underwater.

  • American Pondweed
  • Asian Marshweed
  • Baby Pondweed
  • Brittle Naiad/Marine Naiad
  • Brittle Waternymph
  • Bushy Pondweed
  • Cabomba
  • Coontail
  • Curly-leaf Pondweed
  • East Indian Hygrophila
  • Eelgrass
  • Egeria
  • Elodea
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil
  • Hydrilla
  • Illinois Pondweed
  • Parrot’s-Feather
  • Variable-Leaf Watermilfoil
  • Waterthread Pondweed 
  • Widgeon Grass

algaeAlgae

Algae are simple nonflowering aquatic plants that lack roots, stems, leaves or vascular tissue. Their species form a large, diverse group, including seaweed, and can even be monocellular. They have chlorophyll and use photosynthesis to make their own food, just like other plants. Critically, when conditions are right for them, they can multiply rapidly, resulting in large clusters, or “blooms”.

Algae come in many different varieties, but virtually all of them are considered invasive and a nuisance. Because none have a traditional plant structure (roots, stem, leaves) and most are microscopic, they should defy conventional means of identification. Look instead for bright green film growing on rocks or other pond features, or for clumps of viscid material floating in the water, or simply green murky water. At this point you are ready to remove it; you can learn more about the algae removal process from our algae removal page here.

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30 Dec 2020

Remove Sludge from your Pond

How to Remove Sludge from Your Pond

If you are not generally motivated to clean the scum from the bottom of your pond, you are not alone. Many pond-owners procrastinate when faced with this task. However, it is essential to your pond’s appearance, and will help you keep the water clean and healthy for those who live in it. At Oklahoma Ponds, we have plenty of experience with this endeavor, and we have a number of tools and tips to make the job easier.

What is Sludge, and why is it bad?

Sludge, or pond scum, is simply a mix of decaying organic matter and whatever dirt you use in your pond (or that might fall into it). The organic material can come from animal waste, dead leaves or twigs, grass clippings, fish food, or anything else that was once alive. The dirt can be silt, sand, clay, or regular soil. Sludge is rich in nutrients, and will typically foster the growth of bacteria and algae. 

A small amount of sludge is normal, and no big deal. Over time however, the dirt and organic material that falls into your pond will build up and cover the floor. This can result in several negative consequences for your pond.

In order for the organic material in your pond to decompose, there must be a steady supply of oxygen. The more decaying organic material you have, the more oxygen it will consume. As oxygen levels in your pond decrease, the marine life will suffer. Fish, tadpoles, and other normal residents may begin to die if this process goes unchecked.

Sludge also creates the ideal conditions for anaerobic bacteria to breed. Certain strains of this bacteria produce hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas that can also harm the ecosystem for your pet fish. Not only that, it also creates a nasty rotten-egg smell. If you have ever been around your pond and noticed such a foul odor, there is an excellent chance that you have let the sludge accumulate for too long. 

Sludge Cleaning Strategies for your Pond

If you are looking for ways to remove sludge from your pond, there are three simple solutions. You may find that you will need a combination of these to get the job done. 

Beneficial Bacteria

Not all bacteria is harmful for your pond. Many produce beneficial enzymes that will restore water quality and eat away at the sludge and other decaying organic matter. Although this method takes little time to employ, it may require several treatments to be effective. The downside is that it will not have much of an effect if you have let your sludge problem go untreated for too long.  

Pond Vacuums

Specially designed for use in ponds, a pond vacuum is an excellent tool for removing sludge and muck from the bottom of your pond. When acquiring one, make sure that you choose the one suitable for your size of pond. Make sure you read the instructions carefully, and follow all safety protocols. You will need to take some care to protect your fish and other marine life.

Given the amount of work sometimes required to handle larger projects and/or protect the features of your pond, you might find it expedient to call a professional pond cleaning service. The right specialist will have insight into the nature of your assignment and be able to choose the appropriate tool for the job. You may find this necessary if the job calls for a specific tool that requires experience to operate. For example, for a larger body of water such as a lake, you might need a submersible pump, or a muck dredge.

Muck Shovels

As simple as it may sound, a shovel might be the fastest way to remove excess sediment and sludge from your pond. A muck shovel is specifically designed to handle such a task, and won’t be expensive. If your pond is relatively small and has a smooth floor, you may find that this is an excellent option.

Remove Sludge from your pond

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We specialize in the care and construction of garden koi ponds. This allows us to stay up to date with the latest technology and advances in our industry

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Each of our technicians are throughly trained in the care and construction of garden ponds and water features. All of our services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

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Preventing Sludge Buildup

The best offense is a good defense. If you can prevent sludge from building up in the first place, then you should be able to avoid an expensive and invasive operation. Use these strategies alone or together to keep your pond pristine.

Skim your Pond Daily

A skimmer net or similar tool is effective for sweeping away organic material from the surface of your pond before it sinks. When your pond is small, this is very helpful, and easy to do. In many cases, you can even grab leaves and twigs from the bottom before they begin to break down.

The best way to accomplish this is to have a regular schedule. If you have fish, and you feed them daily, check the surface of the pond when you do this. If you see anything floating around, remove it. Even in larger ponds and lakes, this chore makes a big difference in water quality.

Put a Barrier Around your Pond

Adding aquatic plants around the edge of your pond can form a natural barrier that prevents leaves, twigs, grass, and other organic material from entering your pond. Even a low 6” wall will stop many leaves and grass from blowing into your pond. They can also deter racoons or other predators from coming to kill your fish, as they might not be so interested in entering your pond if they feel they cannot climb back out.

Aerate Your Water

With a pump and a waterfall, the water in your pond will cycle and aerate, which makes it hard for unhealthy bacteria to form. This will also prevent sludge buildup by catching the organic material in a trap before cycling the water through. A good filter will also catch contaminants and likewise do much of your work for you. 

Keep your Fish Population Manageable

Fish produce organic waste, and the more fish you have, the faster that waste builds up. As sludge increases, the anaerobic bacteria that break it down consume the oxygen, leaving less for the fish. The more fish (or more large fish) you own, the more care you must take in preserving the ecosystem for them. Also – avoid giving your fish too much food, as excess food will also contribute to the development of sludge.

Prevent Sludge with Beneficial Bacteria

Beneficial bacteria is most effective as a preventative measure. If the bacteria is present in large quantities in a clean pond, then your organic matter will break down quickly, preventing a buildup of sludge. And your pond will be rich in oxygen.

Call Oklahoma Ponds for Professional Solutions for Sludge Removal

Remove Sludge from your pond

For the best possible results in removing sludge from your pond, give us a call. At Oklahoma Ponds, we offer a variety of tools and solutions for helping you deal with your sludge problem, and have been helping people all over the great state of Oklahoma remove sludge from their ponds for years. Ask any of our professionals, and we’ll be happy to help. 

A beautiful, clean pond is the perfect accent to your yard, and the last thing you want is for people (especially you) to see it at less than its best. The good news is, with regular maintenance, this goal is not hard to achieve! Come to Oklahoma Ponds today, and we will show you the way.

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20 Dec 2020

How to remove algae from your pond (without killing your fish!)

How to remove algae from your pond (without killing your fish!)

What is Algae?

Algae is an informal term for a class of aquatic plants which have no stem, roots, or leaves. Some live in freshwater, others in the ocean; some are enormous, some have only a single cell. All are green, and like all plants, they use chlorophyll and sunlight in the process of photosynthesis to create their own food.

If you find algae in your pond, they are most likely microscopic, floating in the water, turning it a pea green color. It can also grow on rocks or logs at or below the surface. If you leave it alone, it will continue to grow until it covers all of your pond’s features and turns the water into murky pea soup. Eventually it will even cover the surface of the water.

How to Remove Algae

How you remove algae from your pond depends on a number of factors: The size of your pond, the extent of the infestation, and the shape of the floor. For example, if your pond has a round basin like a swimming pool, then a pond vacuum and brush will be effective in eliminating the algae attached to your pond’s features. If your pond has a floor of rocks and dirt, that operation will be significantly more complicated.


This page will explain the algae removal process in two respects: Maintenance and Restoration. If your algae problem is mild to moderate, then some basic maintenance may be sufficient. But if your algae problem is advanced, or if your pond is designed in such a way that maintenance is impractical, then you may need to redesign and reinstall it.

How to remove algae from your pond

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Specialized Company

We specialize in the care and construction of garden koi ponds. This allows us to stay up to date with the latest technology and advances in our industry

Dependable Services

Each of our technicians are throughly trained in the care and construction of garden ponds and water features. All of our services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Reputable Company

Every service comes with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our company’s reputation is impeccable, just take a look at our Google Reviews.

Strategy 1 - Pond Maintenance

Pond maintenance is essential for minimizing algae growth. There are a number of different tasks you can perform to cut down on the presence of algae. The more often you do them, the more consistently your water will be clear.

Debris Removal

Debris such as twigs, leaves, or other organic material can fall into your pond and float on or near the surface. These items will break down over time, adding nutrients to the water which can facilitate algae growth. With a skimmer brush or a rake, you can collect these items and keep your pond clear. If they remain in your pond a long time, they can break down and crumble.

Vacuuming and Brushing your Pond

When you had your pond installed, you likely purchased these basic tools for routine cleaning. In most cases, they will be able to scour the surfaces of rocks and logs to remove scum and organic matter growing on them. Doing this will remove organic material that algae feeds on, and algae itself. Whether you have algae or not, this step will have a huge impact on your visual presentation.

Water Replacement, Circulation, and Filtration

Your water pump is an effective weapon for algae maintenance, because it keeps the water moving. Algae grows best when water is stagnant, so a good pump that keeps your water flowing is critical. You’ll also want to keep your filter in good condition, as it will catch all but the smallest algae.

If you have completed these first three steps, and still have significant discoloration, replacing 25% of the water with fresh water can make a big difference. If you have fish, just make sure you treat the new water with a dechlorinator before adding it. 

Beneficial Bacteria – Commercial vs. Natural

Beneficial bacteria feeds on the nutrients algae use to grow, and by having it in your pond, you can see a gradual reduction of algae. Many companies promote a series of “beneficial bacteria” products, making the claim that by raising the level of such microbes in your water, you can reduce or eliminate algae in your pond.

There are several problems with this theory. First, the product you buy actually has to contain living bacteria. If it does not, you are wasting your money. Second, your pond already contains beneficial bacteria growing in the scum on the rocks at the bottom. Those bacteria will do just as good a job as – if not better than – commercial bacteria. After all, the natural bacteria is native to your pond, and already thriving there. 

The best way to use bacteria in your pond is to let it grow there. While it is true that the bacteria will eventually die and become food for more bacteria, it will consume much of the nutrients present in the water, and thus impede the growth of algae. Of course, if you routinely remove the bacteria from the bottom of your pond through regular maintenance, there may be some benefit to adding commercial bacteria. See the next section on pond design for more information about bacteria.

Strategy 2 - Pond Design/Redesign

Most people who love their pond don’t want to hear about reinstalling it. And a proper discussion of pond construction is beyond the scope of this page. However, there are some principles one should keep in mind if you are serious about eliminating algae from your pond that can only be addressed during construction. Maintenance can’t solve all of your problems.

Floor Design and Surface Area

One of the best ways to remove algae is to remove all of the organic material it feeds on. This requires regular maintenance, in the form of cleaning the rocks/floor at the bottom. If the pond is designed in such a manner that this is impractical, then it may be worth taking a day or two to drain and rebuild it.

Surface area also plays a key role in the growth of beneficial bacteria. The more small rocks at the bottom, the more surface area there is for bacteria to grow on. Bio Balls are a significant tool you can place in your pond for increasing the surface area available to beneficial bacteria. One 1.5” bio ball has as much surface area as 2 square feet, so adding a few should make a difference in reducing algae.

Ultraviolet Filters

When installing your pond, consider which pump and filter will work best for reducing or eliminating algae. If you install an ultraviolet filter, you will kill all the algae that passes through it, as well as the beneficial bacteria. Keep in mind, the ultraviolet radiation won’t remove the material from the water, it will simply kill it. That’s why pond owners should add it during a restoration, as a preventative measure.

The Benefits and Myths of Barley

Without going into a detailed explanation, if you intend to use barley as a way of deterring algae growth, do it after you have already cleaned the pond, as a preventative measure. Barley does not kill or remove algae; rather it creates an environment suitable for the growth of certain phytoplanktons that feed on certain species of algae. In other words, barley will not prevent the growth of every kind of algae. 

Barley should always be used in extract form. Natural barley takes forever to decompose, and like the organic material you must remove from your pond during regular maintenance, it can and will break down into compost that will feed bacteria and yes – algae. Barley extract does not need to break down, but already exists in a form that impedes the growth of (some) algae. You can use it in cold or warm water. 

The Importance of Free Floating Aquatic Plants

Certain floating aquatic plants are useful for limiting the sun’s ability to reach below the surface, thus inhibiting algae growth. The more of them you use, the more surface area is covered. Water lilies, lotuses, cattails, and duckweed are some examples of common aquatic plants that can thrive in most climates.

Final Tips

How to remove algae from your pond

With any product you purchase for pond maintenance, make sure you ask questions as to its proper use, and follow the instructions carefully. If you do not, you may be sorry. For example, if you intend to dump an algicide into your pond, have a solid understanding of how it will affect the chemistry of the water and the ecosystem. If you have fish, make sure they will be just fine with it. 

There are many natural products that can help limit algae. But you needn’t be overwhelmed. Reach out to the professionals at Oklahoma Ponds, and we will answer all your questions, and recommend the best products for whatever your goal is. Your backyard is your sanctuary. We want your pond to bring you the joy and comfort you deserve.

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09 Dec 2020

Remove the Dirt: Cleaning Tea-Colored Pond Water

Cleaning Tea-Colored Pond Water

Pond owners may have experienced this: You leave your beautiful pond untended for a few days. Then you get caught up with life, and days turn to weeks, and weeks turns to months. Then you take a break, stepping outside to enjoy your yard, and behold! Your clear, clean pond water has turned a dark, tea color. What happened?

What is Tea-Colored Water?

If your pond is looking more brown than usual these days, grab a clear glass jar, scoop some water out and look at it. Does it have a brownish tint? If yes, then you have tea-colored water. Don’t be discouraged! This condition is common, and relatively easy to deal with. It will take a little bit of effort on your part, and require a small investment. This effort is part of the regular maintenance of owning a pond, and once you make it, you will have a clear pond that will bring joy to the friends and family you share it with. 

 

If the water you draw out is clear, then the brown you are seeing is the scum that has accumulated on the rocks and other features at the bottom. The recipe for dealing with the problem is the same as if you have tea-colored water. And if you ignore this problem long enough, you will end up with tea-colored water! So either way, read on!

The Cause of Tea-Colored water

There are two main causes of this condition, and thus two kinds of treatments. If the brown particulates in your jar of water settle to the bottom overnight, then you have a sediment problem. Sediment is physical material: Dirt, debris, organic material that has crumbled, waste from pet fish or birds, etc. Sediment collects at the bottom of your pond, but it can also remain suspended in the water long enough to make it a dirty brown color. The sediment can build up in your pond’s filter and cause it to clog. 

Brown water can also be caused by certain chemicals called tannins. Tannins are polyphenolic molecules that organic material produces when it breaks down. If the water in your jar remains brown the next morning, then you almost certainly have tannins in your pond. Tannins cause leaves to turn brown after they fall from a tree. Having decaying organic material in your pond will eventually give your water a brownish tint, just as a giant tea bag would. 

how to clean dirty pond water

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Getting a professionally installed Koi pond in your home is only a short phone call away. At Oklahoma Ponds, we have over 30 years of koi pond installation expertise in the great state of Oklahoma. We are Oklahoma City’s fastest growing pond contractor, and that is not by accident. We strive to be the leader in all things garden ponds and water features. Every service we offer comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Why choose us?

Specialized Company

We specialize in the care and construction of garden koi ponds. This allows us to stay up to date with the latest technology and advances in our industry

Dependable Services

Each of our technicians are throughly trained in the care and construction of garden ponds and water features. All of our services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Reputable Company

Every service comes with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our company’s reputation is impeccable, just take a look at our Google Reviews.

Treatment for Tea Color or Brown Water

You may have sediment, or tannins, or both in your water. Either way, there are specific remedies that will help you get your clean pond back. We present these steps in order to help you prioritize solving this problem; if you follow these steps and perform regular maintenance, your problem should go away.

  1. Clean your Pond

Whether you have tannins or sediment, decaying organic material can contribute to both. Scan the surface and perimeter of your pond for twigs, leaves, seeds (acorns, for example), droppings, or anything else you can easily remove with a skimmer net or similar tool. You will also need to scour the rocks and bottom for scum and other settled sediment. The best tool for this is a pond vacuum. 

  1. Check your Filter

You may need to replace your filter. A good filter will collect much of the sediment you are trying to remove. Check to make sure your filter is relatively clean and water is flowing through it properly, and it will do much of the work for you. 

  1. Change your Water

Although steps 1 and 2 will remove quite a bit of the problem and the cause, replacing some of your pond’s water with some fresh water will have a direct effect. Keep in mind, if you are using tap water to do this, you will likely need to treat it with a water conditioner. A conditioner, also called a softener, will reduce the effects of heavy metals present in the water, and neutralize certain chemical compounds like ammonia and chlorine. This is beneficial and often necessary for any marine life you may have living in or visiting your pond.

  1. Add Beneficial Bacteria

Beyond your conditioner, there are other beneficial water treatments that you can employ to facilitate the breakdown of organic compounds in a manner which will not stain your water. Certain bacteria will feed on the compounds generated by decaying organic material, thus keeping your water clean. Consult an expert in pond care to ensure that the bacteria you select will be appropriate for your climate, system, and wildlife, and follow the instructions for its use.

  1. Add Activated Carbon

The last and most effective step in keeping your pond free of the stain caused by tannins is adding activated carbon. Following the instructions, place the sealed bag of charcoal in a location where the water passes through at a high rate. The carbon in the charcoal will bind with the tannins (and other unwanted compounds) to remove them from your water. Soon after, your water should appear clean and clear.

Preventative Maintenance

how to clean dirty pond water

Once you have cleaned your pond to your liking, develop a regular maintenance schedule. This schedule should include cleaning your pond and also check the filter. The removal of twigs, leaves, and other debris should happen regularly, whereas the scouring of the bottom can happen less often. Your filter’s instruction manual should tell you how often to change it. 

 

Any time you replace a significant amount of the water in your pond, you may have to re-introduce any compounds you use to treat the new water. Make sure that your water conditioner, beneficial bacteria, and activated charcoal are stored in a cool, dry place, properly sealed, to prevent spoilage. Follow the instructions for replacing your charcoal bag as needed. Not everybody has the time to perform regular maintenance on their pond. But at least by creating a proper schedule and putting it in a place where your household can see it, you will know what you should be doing. Getting organized will serve you well in ensuring that your pond remains pristine for as long as you own your home. And you won’t have to worry about whether it is in good shape when your friends and family come to visit.

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30 Nov 2020

Backyard Ponds: Everything You Need to Know

Digging Backyard Ponds - All You Need to Know

Let’s admit, there is something unique and soothing about water in motion.  In fact, for many people playing with water, splashes and ripples make the favorite calming past time. There is no denying that installing a backyard pond is a popular and raging landscape project nowadays. 

Interestingly, there is no need to invest a massive amount of money or a massive piece of land in digging a pond.  Anyone can install a landscaped, fully equipped fish-filled water feature for as low as $500. All you need is to know how to dig a pond to create a lush habitat.

Although creating a habitat with robust rubbery liners, effective filters, and powerful pumps is a commitment, the final look will indeed become a source of fascination for your friends and family. A beautiful pond inside next to your patio will add something incredibly unique outlook. Whether you want a relaxing backdrop or a refreshing view, digging a pond in your backyard is the best idea.

If you don’t know how to dig a pond, keep on reading to learn everything about enhancing your dwelling’s curb appeal.

Why Backyard Ponds are Great

This might sound bizarre to you that garden ponds used to be rare in the old houses. Now many people consider them an essential part of their backyard gardens.  You may see massive in-ground ponds in the urban dwellings. While some people think the sound of a waterfall is enticing, for others, mini backyard ponds are the best way to keep fish happy and healthy.  Not only fat fish but also water spiders and lilies stemming the flower above the surface make an appealing view. 

The leaning pink and white flower petals, sunbathing and snoozing frogs on the leaves, everything about the pond adds to the beauty of your landscape.  Simply stated, a pond in the backyard enhances not only visuals but also auditory elements. In fact, if your neighbors are too noisy or you live in an area where noise pollution is high, the soothing water sound can drown out the communal sound sources.  

Depending on your choice and backyard area, a pond can be small, simple, or complex. You can involve waterfalls, serious depth, and even fish to your pond. People also create a fun splash of color and life.   Many commercial property owners install backyard ponds to remove the soggy spots from the yard.

 

This might sound bizarre to you that garden ponds used to be rare in the old houses. Now many people consider them an essential part of their backyard gardens.  You may see massive in-ground ponds in the urban dwellings. While some people think the sound of a waterfall is enticing, for others, mini backyard ponds are the best way to keep fish happy and healthy.  Not only fat fish but also water spiders and lilies stemming the flower above the surface make an appealing view. 

The leaning pink and white flower petals, sunbathing and snoozing frogs on the leaves, everything about the pond adds to the beauty of your landscape.  Simply stated, a pond in the backyard enhances not only visuals but also auditory elements. In fact, if your neighbors are too noisy or you live in an area where noise pollution is high, the soothing water sound can drown out the communal sound sources.  

Depending on your choice and backyard area, a pond can be small, simple, or complex. You can involve waterfalls, serious depth, and even fish to your pond. People also create a fun splash of color and life.   Many commercial property owners install backyard ponds to remove the soggy spots from the yard.

That is to say, there are numerous reasons people like to dig or install a pond in their backyards. However, before you start digging little ponds, you must have all the essential details such as depth, types, and maintenance of a backyard pond.

How Deep Should I Dig a Pond?

When it comes to digging a pond, considering water depth is of paramount importance. We say this because the characteristics determine the steepness of the pond.  The deeper a pond is, the steeper its grade will be.

Remember that if a water pond is more in-depth, it will allow less sunlight to reach its bottom.  This way, the weeds in the pond don’t get enough light, which affects their growth. The weed may grow slowly, and if the pond’s depth blocks the sunlight completely, the weed may not grow at all. That means a pond 8 to 10 feet deep doesn’t allow weed to flourish. Also, if you add pond dye, it slows down the growth even more. 

A deep water pond is a better option as it keeps the water cooler, particularly during summers.  That is why experts at water gardening services like “Oklahoma Ponds” consider a pond with 8 to 12 depth ideal.   In fact, if your pond’s depth is 8 feet, it will give the best results.  The shallow pond area, on the other hand, is susceptible to developing algae and weed.  You must be prepared for the persistent growth of weed with shallow ponds, which may cause other problems. 

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Professional Koi Pond Installation in Oklahoma

Getting a professionally installed Koi pond in your home is only a short phone call away. At Oklahoma Ponds, we have over 30 years of koi pond installation expertise in the great state of Oklahoma. We are Oklahoma City’s fastest growing pond contractor, and that is not by accident. We strive to be the leader in all things garden ponds and water features. Every service we offer comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Why choose us?

Specialized Company

We specialize in the care and construction of garden koi ponds. This allows us to stay up to date with the latest technology and advances in our industry

Dependable Services

Each of our technicians are throughly trained in the care and construction of garden ponds and water features. All of our services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Reputable Company

Every service comes with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our company’s reputation is impeccable, just take a look at our Google Reviews.

Types of Backyard Fish Ponds

If you intend to make a backyard pond for fish, you must consider the types you want to keep. Some types eat the plant, dig the bottom, and require camouflage. You can also keep different fish types together. 

 

  • Ground Fish Pond

 

It is a classic type of pond that gives a more natural look.  You can have it on the ground surface lined with various stones to enjoy a regal look. However, you need a pond liner for building ponds above or under the ground to make a base. You need to ensure that the water doesn’t leak into the surface or become muddied. 

 

  • Surface Fish Pond

 

It is one of the popular types in which you can see fish swimming at the pond’s surface. Although you can see fish swim, you need extra protection against a hungry cat or any dire calamity. 

 

  • Garden Pond

 

Garden ponds incorporate nature in the structure to give a more organic and natural look. It is in-ground and included in the yard. You can combine several aquatic plants such as lily pads and water lilies to achieve a unique look.

Should I Hire A Professional to Build a Fish Pond?

If you’re ready to put in the work to your backyard pond or maintain it, you might be a good DIYer.  However, if it is your first time or you want to renovate a water garden, hiring professionals such as Oklahoma Ponds services is ideal. 

The professional pond specialists excel at making the best decorative water features and pond maintenance. The certified aquascape contractors know how to install a perfect pond and offer pond clean out services. 

You don’t need to be worried about maintaining the natural beauty of your pond and leave everything to the experts.  

Add a unique touch to your landscaping with our variety of functional planters.  Call us to build your backyard pond in Oklahoma!

Summing Up 

All in all, a backyard pond adds an exclusive wow factor to a landscape, mostly when you adorn it with the perfect collection of flowers and potted plants. Thus, the article explains how to dig a pond regardless of the size of your backyard. 

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13 Nov 2020

Designing an Aesthetic Above Gound Pond

Above Ground Ponds

Are you looking to level up the aesthetics of your lawn? What better way to do that than installing an above-ground pond. This is likely to decorate a plain looking area and immerse it with the beauty of nature. Because you have so many landscapes to choose from, installing an above-ground pond presents itself as a preferable décor for your house. 

Oklahoma ponds are a company that specializes in above the ground and underground ponds in Oklahoma. They have qualities that go beyond comprehension when it comes to pond making. They can provide you with pond landscapes that leave you speechless. 

Not only are the ponds they construct beautiful, but also incredibly affordable. Therefore, if you are interested in having a little habitat that you can marvel at, then contact them. Imagine sitting down for a drink next to your very own waterfall. 

Pond Designs​

Oklahoma Ponds can craft and construct an array of gorgeous pond designs. They are willing to offer you the landscape that appeals to you the most. There are no limitations to the landscapes of the above-ground ponds. Here are some of the best aboveground pond design options. 

Aquatic Plants

A pond landscape with plants is an amazing choice since having aquatic plants gives your pond a more naturalistic look. Moreover, they also help prevent the growth of algae in your pond by starving them of all the minerals. 

Waterfall 

Adding a waterfall to your above ground pond will ultimately require a much larger space. To install this landscape to your pond, you should have it set outdoors. Anywhere from your lawn to your backyard, this type of pond will require an ample amount of space in which it can function. With the right amount of space, you can customize your pond in plenty of ways to make it look more natural. 

The waterfall is a great addition in terms of display. It adds a natural movement of water along with the splashing sounds, which creates a pond-like essence. To make a glorious-looking waterfall make sure that it is big enough to stand out. Furthermore, you can even add fish to the pond with a proper oxygen supply so that it creates a miniature habitat. 

Sculpture Pond

Are you interested in a classic design? Then take advantage of the artistry and skill of a sculptor. This design gives glimpses of the romance that plunges out of ancient Europe. It captures the authenticity and appreciation of early impressionists. An old soul would love to have an above-ground pond with a prestigious statue.

 Oklahoma Ponds have multiple statue-oriented pond designs that are likely to grasp the attention of anyone who passes by. Furthermore, Oklahoma ponds can make multiple statue designs by combining it with waterfalls, hills, and lights.

pond designs in oklahoma city

Professional Koi Pond Installation in Oklahoma

Getting a professionally installed Koi pond in your home is only a short phone call away. At Oklahoma Ponds, we have over 30 years of koi pond installation expertise in the great state of Oklahoma. We are Oklahoma City’s fastest growing pond contractor, and that is not by accident. We strive to be the leader in all things garden ponds and water features. Every service we offer comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Why choose us?

Specialized Company

We specialize in the care and construction of garden koi ponds. This allows us to stay up to date with the latest technology and advances in our industry

Dependable Services

Each of our technicians are throughly trained in the care and construction of garden ponds and water features. All of our services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Reputable Company

Every service comes with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our company’s reputation is impeccable, just take a look at our Google Reviews.

What is an Above Ground Pond?

To install an above ground pond, you need to build some surrounding. Since most of the ponds are underground, they require a little more construction work to come into fruition. Therefore, if you pick an above ground pond, you may have to choose between the materials of the pond’s walls.

The options may vary from stones, concrete, or clay. This is why contacting professionals at Oklahoma Ponds can be beneficial, as they can provide you expert guidance on which wall material best suits your pond design. Furthermore, contemporary above ground pond designs even include transparent walls made of glass through.

Above Ground Koi Ponds

Koi ponds serve the decorative purpose of holding koi fish inside of them. Koi fish or carp fish originate from the Asian regions of Japan and China. The reason why they are so widely used as a form of indoor attractions is the flamboyant and vibrancy of the fishes. Multi-Colored Koi fishes can pull people towards their beauty. Therefore, many people should consider acquiring an above-ground Koi pond on their premises.

Many things can go into constructing an above-ground Koi pond. One of the most important installations of any Koi pond is the filters. They help circulate the nitrogenous cycle by converting the wastes produced by the fishes. You can use several filters, which include mechanical or biological filters. Consult Oklahoma Ponds for information and advice.

Underground vs Above Ground Ponds

There are certain advantages and disadvantages to the two types of ponds. Many people opt for aboveground ponds because they claim that they are easier to maintain and clean. With above the ground ponds, you would not have to bend or kneel over for cleaning either. Alternatively, some people believe that underground ponds look more real than aboveground ponds. In addition, underground ponds provide you with more depth and space for aquatic life.

Install an Above Ground Pond in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Ponds is offering a chance for the residents of Oklahoma to add more flavors into their houses. They are well equipped to provide you with all the aboveground pond facilities and services that you may need. Above ground ponds are spectacular additions to your house. Not only do they create an aesthetic around the space, but they also encompass a natural aura to your surroundings. 

Call Us To Install Your Above Ground Pond in Oklahoma City Today

pond designs in oklahoma city

Oklahoma ponds are one of the best pond contractors in Oklahoma that offer a wide variety of pond layouts and landscapes. Make sure to give them a call on 405-353-6144, as not only will they meet your pond expectations but also generously exceed them.
Their services run beyond the construction of the pond, and involve pond maintenance, repair, and cleaning. 

Check out their website for more information and, you can even call them if you have an old rotting pond that is screaming for maintenance. Use their expertise to revive your old dirty pond into something unbelievable.

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10 Nov 2020

5 Best Pond Landscape Ideas for Your Backyard

Pond Landscapes

A wise pond man once said it’s more about the scenery than it is about the energy. Landscapes are very important when constructing a pond, as they go a long way in giving the pond that air of mystery, mastery, or invincibility. Over the years, there has been a spike in unique ultramodern landscapes and luckily for you, Oklahoma Ponds has stayed acquainted with these developments. Our superb team has all the tools to give you that amazing landscape that you thought was photo shopped, and the best part is that we are affordable and professional. Let’s take you on a trip, to show you just how good we are at what we do.

What are the best Pond Landscapes?

Thanks to developing crafts and that little thing called the internet, pond landscapes seem to be as many as the ponds themselves. However, some are surely more iconic than the rest. Oklahoma Ponds has a long history of giving their clients amazing landscapes, and here are the best.

  • Statue Water Feature

This enviable pond landscape is a favorite for old souls and lovers of pristine artistry. This combines the best of the worlds of sculpturing as well as aquatic endeavors to give a fine result. A concrete ledge provides the perfect perch for a boy-with-hose fountain. This landscape feature would give your pond a classy look which will surely be the envy of your neighbors. We know what that means to you, so we’ll get it done!

  • Pond-Friendly Plants

Talk about killing multiple birds with a single stone, this innovative landscape handles so many issues that we are thinking about making it a bit costlier (just kidding). Landscaping makes a human-made pond appear natural while plants soften the space by adding color and texture. With this landscape, you’ll get the best of both worlds as well as having a pond that’ll become the cynosure of all eyes. Aquatic plants are very necessary for the health of a pond’s ecosystem, depriving the algae of its food source. Don’t fret, Oklahoma Ponds is here to construct your lovely pond-friendly plant landscape.

  • Hillside Waterfall

One of the biggest strengths of what we do is that we make sure to bring nature to you. That’s the biggest plus of our unique hillside waterfall landscape design. This course usually begins with the slope, then winds past stones, until it flows gently into a stacked-stone pond designed to complement the retaining wall. All these can be done by our company and any follow-up jobs too. All you need is a clear mind as we do what you ask!

  • Natural Flow

While some people are a new school, a lot of our customers ask for something more natural as it hits them closer to home. That’s why we also have the natural flow option, the only drawback being that you might need a little more space than usual to pull this off. However, if you have the required space then we’re good to go! Such facilities have many appealing qualities: they add movement and sound, are restful and mesmerizing to look at, and aerate the water, provide oxygen for fish, and other living things. This gives your pond not only a lovely outlook but it also promotes good nature practices. When designing a waterfall, we ensure that we keep it in scale with the pond, to maximize the pond’s potential. Waterfalls are most beautiful when large, overhanging rocks or smooth, flat flagstones are used for the lip of the falls. That’s quite breathtaking.

  • Canadian Waters

You knew that we just had to close out the list with a pond landscape that our customers from Canada would truly gobble up. This landscape is a favorite for the people from the Northside and rightly so, it’s truly breathtaking. Here, rocks surround a small pool before flowing down in a waterfall that emulates those found in surrounding mountains. It gives awesome scenery and shows a different side to the pond landscaping business adventure.

Can I fit a pond in my backyard?

This is a question that has been asked a lot of times lately at Oklahoma Ponds over time. Yes, of course, you can build the pond of your dreams right in your backyard, but there are a few things to consider and that’s what we will be showing you in the list below. Pay attention and don’t hesitate to call us if you got any questions or suggestions.

  • Location

You are installing the pond in your backyard, that’s for sure and luckily you have just enough space to do this and that’s wonderful. So what more do you need in terms of location? Surely, you don’t want to put a pond in a low spot that gets runoff when it rains, which can cause flooding. If that’s the only place available in your backyard, maybe you should consider another prospect. Also, it’ll be awesome if you get a place with ample protection from straying animals and pesky children. We surely don’t want a pond casualty, do we?

  • The View

What’s the point of installing a backyard pond if the view is nothing to write home about? The view is just as important as other aspects of the pond creation, and every pond owner deserves it. That’s why Oklahoma Ponds advises customers to get a location where the beauty of the pond can be properly appreciated, as that’s one of the most satisfying aspects of being a pond owner, no pond owner should be deprived of it. Ideally, a place with a nice view would have some foldable chairs and light furniture. That’ll do the trick. 

  • Within Reach of an Electrical Outlet

For casual pond enthusiasts, this might be quite weird as what’s the point of having an electrical outlet close to a pond anyway? But for pond owning veterans, the reason isn’t that hard to decipher. You’ll need to plug in a pump to circulate the water and you may want an aerator, especially if you add fish. An outlet also lets you use outdoor lighting and other accessories. That’s the only way that your backyard pond would function properly and you’ll enjoy the perks of having it in your dwelling. Also, and very importantly ensure that your outlet is protected by a GFI (ground fault interrupter) to prevent shocks and tragic circumstances.

Pond Landscape in Oklahoma City

Professional Koi Pond Installation in Oklahoma

Getting a professionally installed Koi pond in your home is only a short phone call away. At Oklahoma Ponds, we have over 30 years of koi pond installation expertise in the great state of Oklahoma. We are Oklahoma City’s fastest growing pond contractor, and that is not by accident. We strive to be the leader in all things garden ponds and water features. Every service we offer comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Why choose us?

Specialized Company

We specialize in the care and construction of garden koi ponds. This allows us to stay up to date with the latest technology and advances in our industry

Dependable Services

Each of our technicians are throughly trained in the care and construction of garden ponds and water features. All of our services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Reputable Company

Every service comes with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our company’s reputation is impeccable, just take a look at our Google Reviews.

Why Oklahoma Ponds can build you the best pond landscape

We’ve never been ones to blow our trumpets, but quite rightly so we have developed a reputation that precedes us as at Oklahoma Ponds, our mission is to be the number one garden pond contractor in the Oklahoma City Metro area. We do this by providing our customers with professional service, expert advice, and a personal guarantee that you will love working with us. Our family has been building and caring for koi, garden ponds, and water features for over 30 years and is the premier pond care company in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Your pond landscaping project is in safe hands with us and we’ll handle it just like we’ve handled the tons of other projects that we’ve worked on. You’re assured of quality, honesty, and consistency. It’s the Oklahoma Pond way!

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02 Nov 2020

Outdoor Water Fountains: How to Keep The Water Clean

How to Keep Your Outdoor Fountain Water Clean

What’s the use of getting an outdoor water fountain if you can’t keep it clean, proper and tidy? There are many ways to clean your fountain, however we’ll be highlighting a few of the best. At Oklahoma Ponds, we can do this for you at an affordable rate and make sure your fountain water is at its cleanest.

Let’s take you through the unique ways of maintaining the sanctity of your outdoor water fountain.

Why Does Outdoor Fountain Water Get Dirty?

Before we go into the nitty-gritty of how to keep outdoor water fountains clean, it’s necessary to show just how they get dirty in the first place. Here are a few of the many things that make a clear water fountain dirty.

  • Birds 

As much as birds add scenery and a touch of nature to your fountain, they can also be quite pesky and largely disruptive if due care isn’t taken. Additionally, birds have the bad habits of dropping their fecal all over your adored fountain. Some also find ways of finding and disposing dirty leaves into the pool of clean water. If you love the scenery that birds give your fountain, you should also love the extra maintenance you’re bound to observe. 

  • Location

It’s not every day that a homeowner lives in a gated community or a place where pesky neighbors or other animals don’t trespass on a regular basis. That’s why choosing the right location is a critical factor when choosing the placement of your water fountain. If the fountain is placed in the backyard and children are present, those wonderful kids could damage or ruin the fountain if proper maintenance is not maintained at all times.

 

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  • Poor Layout 

Outdoor water fountains are typically a well-thought-out addition to an established residency. That’s why it’s important pay close detail to the layout of the pond. One of the biggest issues maintaining the cleanliness of a fountain is being prone to dirt which can lead to clogging the pipes or causing erosion over time. Oklahoma Ponds has you covered, whether you plan to renovate or if you’re looking for consistent maintenance.

Professional Koi Pond Installation in Oklahoma

Getting a professionally installed Koi pond in your home is only a short phone call away. At Oklahoma Ponds, we have over 30 years of koi pond installation expertise in the great state of Oklahoma. We are Oklahoma City’s fastest-growing pond contractor, and that is not by accident. We strive to be the leader in all things garden ponds and water features. Every service we offer comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

Specialized Company

We specialize in the care and construction of garden koi ponds. This allows us to stay up to date with the latest technology and advances in our industry

Dependable Services

Each of our technicians are throughly trained in the care and construction of garden ponds and water features. All of our services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Reputable Company

Every service comes with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our company’s reputation is impeccable, just take a look at our Google Reviews.

How Can I Properly Maintain My Outdoor Fountain/Pond and Waterfall?

Once you get the construction or renovation taken care of, the next thing to do is start the maintenance. That means that it’s a whole different ball game. While there are tons of ways to do this, we can show you a few that’ll be of immense use in your pond maintenance schedule.

  • Clean your pond regularly.

The most important step in maintaining your pond, and preserving it for a long time is to clean it regularly. No matter how isolated or well-constructed a pond is, it needs constant cleaning. If you can’t do this, then there’s no point in having the facility in the first place. But that’s why you got us at Oklahoma Ponds, we’re the best in the business and consistency is our biggest mantra. As long as you can clean the pond regularly, you’ll be sure that it will maintain its shine, aura, and prestige, no matter how long you’ve had it!

  • Control algae growth.

While algae are not necessarily a bad thing, neither is it harmful to the species in the pond, it could be very ugly if not nipped in the bud. It would be such a shame if the pristine pond that you spent a significant amount of money and time, gets taken over by algae. That’s why you need to control the algae growth and make sure that it does not get out of control, you can contact Oklahoma Ponds for this. We’ve got the best remedy to keep your pond fresh and tidy.

  • Troubleshoot and repair any leaks.

A major flaw that we’ve noticed in a lot of pond owners, has to be their seemingly lax nature after they’ve gotten the pond constructed and working for a few months. They suddenly stop cleaning, they stop monitoring the territory, and worst of all they avoid checking out the facility for potential leaks. All of the mentioned could be very detrimental to the pond and none is more harmful than the leaking aspect. You have to ensure that the pond is frequently troubleshot to avoid a disastrous leak and permanent damage to the facility. Do this, and your pond is safe for the long haul. Do the other, and well, just expect the other not so good side of the coin.

Professional Pond Maintenance vs DIY

Homeowners often ask us what makes the most sense for them: Having a professional to maintain your pond or getting equipped to do it by yourself? Even though we are a well-staffed and highly recommended pond maintenance company, we will give you an honest answer and proper reasons to back it up. Firstly, we will give you the merits of hiring a professional and then the merits of doing it yourself.

Merits of hiring a professional (such as Oklahoma Ponds)

  • Finished In a Matter of Days

When you contract Oklahoma Ponds, rest assured that all the maintenance work will be done in record time and before you know it, your fountain will be as good as new. There will be no stress, no fuss, and certainly no horror stories. You don’t have to take our word for it, just check out the online reviews we’ve gotten from customers.

  • Stress and Labor Free

Take our word for it, maintaining a pond is no easy task. You will carry out hard labor and this will be overburdening if you don’t have a proper backup. However, a professional service company like ours has all the labor that is needed for the job. Why do you want to stress yourself when we can get the job done for you?

  • We Have Seen It All

Like we said before, as long as it’s about fountains and ponds, Oklahoma Ponds has you covered. There’s nothing in pond or fountain maintenance that we haven’t seen in our many years of service. That’s why, instead of consulting Wikipedia and YouTube every five minutes, you can give the pros to get the job done. It’s safer and honestly, you can spend your time doing something way more fun and fulfilling.

Merits of Doing It Yourself

  • Save Money

Everything these days is already on the internet so what’s the point of spending your money and hiring so-called professionals. Honestly, it’s fine, and we will understand if that’s the path you choose to follow. Saving money is important to every homeowner as well as saving time. If you’re a homeowner who loves to learn how to do it themselves, then be prepared to forego a labor intensive and time-consuming project.

  • A sense of accomplishment

There’s nothing more fulfilling for someone knowing that they’ve accomplished a labor intensive and time-consuming project. It’s certainly an accomplishment to look at your outdoor pond or fountain and you know that you not only built it from scratch, but you’re also responsible for its maintenance without any outside help.

How Oklahoma Ponds can help you keep your fountain clean!

keeping your fountain water clean

Oklahoma Ponds has been in the fountain cleaning and maintenance business for such a long time, there’s nothing pond or fountain related that we cannot handle and our reviews show just how adept at our craft that we are. We treat your fountain as our own, giving it the care and attention that all fountains need in order to stay prim and proper. Give us a call, and we’ll be right over to check out what we need to do. We keep your fountain water clean by following proper principles and ensure that your fountain water continues to remain clean and beautiful.

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23 Oct 2020

8 Unique Backyard Pond Ideas

Backyard Pond Ideas

There are a couple of backyard pond ideas you can do to create the perfect scenery in your house backyard. However, nothing has been so attractive as getting a proper state of the art backyard pond.

This sets the scene, exudes class, and let’s not even talk about all the aquatic life you’ll be harboring. While this sounds like a tantalizing prospect it’s worthy to note that not everyone can pull it off from the scratch.

However, at Oklahoma Ponds we are well equipped to create your backyard pond and create it with style, all you need to do is give us the go-ahead. But before that, let’s show you what we’re made of!

Above Ground Backyard Pond Ideas

Above ground, backyard ponds are superb and easy to admire, however, quite some work goes into creating such a work of art. One of the big pluses of an above-ground backyard pond is that you don’t have to bend over to clean it all the time, it’s on the surface so that’s relatively easy. 

This coupled with the fact that it’s cheaper to construct and more convenient for owners that are always on the move. At Oklahoma Ponds, we have a long history of constructing superb above ground backyard ponds and it’s not a new thing for us. This coupled with a free winter pond maintenance pond quote should give you an extra reason to work with us. 

There are a couple of ideas if you decide to construct an above-ground backyard facility. These include but aren’t limited to:

  • Small whiskey barrel pond

This is an above-ground pond which utilizes a couple of things that most Americans are used to. It is easy to construct, smooth to maintain and it exudes a certain aura.

  • Old well converted into a small garden pond

You might be wondering, what’s the point of building a pond over a covered well. That’s the whole concept, that way your pond won’t be far from an unquenchable source and it still has the above ground feel. It’s a win-win for most clients.

  • Farm stock tub used as small container pond

At Oklahoma Ponds we love the environment and deeply detest waste, that’s why we have this innovation in place. All you need to do is get an old farm stock tub and we’ll do the rest!

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Professional Koi Pond Installation in Oklahoma

Getting a professionally installed Koi pond in your home is only a short phone call away. At Oklahoma Ponds, we have over 30 years of koi pond installation expertise in the great state of Oklahoma. We are Oklahoma City’s fastest growing pond contractor, and that is not by accident. We strive to be the leader in all things garden ponds and water features. Every service we offer comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Why choose us?

Specialized Company

We specialize in the care and construction of garden koi ponds. This allows us to stay up to date with the latest technology and advances in our industry

Dependable Services

Each of our technicians are throughly trained in the care and construction of garden ponds and water features. All of our services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Reputable Company

Every service comes with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our company’s reputation is impeccable, just take a look at our Google Reviews.

Below Ground Backyard Pond Ideas

While the above-ground backyard ponds have been getting a lot of traction, we shouldn’t forget the awesome innovation that is the classic below ground backyard pond. This has been around for a while and deservedly so. A big plus of this is that you have more depth thanks to deeper digging which makes it more convenient to have multiple aquatic residents and other pond inhabitants.

This way you’ll be able to expand almost to infinity which isn’t the same thing you can say about its above the ground counterpart. Like we said initially, we’ve been doing this for a while so here are a few below ground backyard facility ideas that you might just fancy:

  • Pond liner style backyard pond with waterfall

This is a super sophisticated and exudes class. It’s a favorite for aristocrats and a superb display of grandeur. It might look so fancy and hard to achieve but with Oklahoma Ponds, there’s absolutely nothing we can’t pull off.

  • Midsize garden pond with bridge

This is a throwback and a nice one indeed. You’ll get all the features of the typical modern pond and still have the chance to stay true to the classy days of old. You could hit us up and we’ll tell you what you need to do to get this installed in your backyard. 

  • Large double backyard pond

As the name implies, it is large and spacious. Getting this pond equipped won’t be such a bad idea so far as you’re a permanent resident of that location. If so, you should probably visit our website to make further inquiries.

Waterfalls for Backyard Ponds

koi pond with waterfall

Waterfalls are essential if you’re thinking of having a proper facility. It’s essential because without water there’s no pond especially if you’re living in a place without a proper underground mechanism to supply water to your facility. It forms the perfect natural reservoir for a waterfall.

Once you have one, adding a waterfall is a fairly easy construction project. If you don’t have a pond yet, you can incorporate one into the design for the waterfall. All it takes is some serious excavation and a pond liner or form, things which we can do pretty effortlessly. There are a few reasons why you should pick us to construct your waterfall, such reasons are:

  • Speed

At Oklahoma Ponds, we are immensely time-sensitive and we understand that you would love your waterfall done as soon as possible. That’s why in conjunction with our workmen, we do a quick and tidy job. Once you tell us your deadline we’ll meet it pretty handily.

  • Professionalism

Our company is filled with consummate professionals that have learned how to do their work in the most proper manner possible. You need not worry about prying eyes or other uncourteous behaviors, our brand doesn’t condone that. This coupled with our lengthy resume of professional conduct should tell you all you need to know about working with us. 

  • Industrious

We operate on a mantra of speed, efficiency, and cutting down waste. Once you give us the job, you can go to bed and sleep safe and sound. There will be no waste, hassles, or silly practices. Our workmen are well drilled and up to the task.

Contact Us Today

At Oklahoma Ponds, our mission is to be the number one garden pond contractor in the Oklahoma City Metro area. We do this by providing our customers with professional service, expert advice, and a personal guarantee that you will love working with us. Our family has been building and caring for koi, garden ponds, and water features for over 30 years and is the premier pond care company in the Oklahoma City metro area. You can reach us on social media or call us at (405) 353 – 6144.

Our services are affordable, hospitality inclined, and easy to enjoy for the general public. Don’t forget to contact us now for a free winter pond maintenance quote, you never know how handy this might be.

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