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Why it’s so special to own a large pond or lake – Pond & Lake Q & A


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Pond & Lake Q & A

Why it’s so special to own a pond or lake.

A: Lakes and farm ponds make wonderful additions to any property. If you have the space and the resources, a large body of water creates an instant habitat for wildlife, and a fun place for you and your family! Here are just a few benefits of digging a large pond or lake:

Gives you a nice place to sit and relax: Imagine lounging in a hammock alongside your pond, swaying in the cool breeze. Picture yourself enjoying a cool glass of lemonade while sitting on your dock and watching your fountain cast rainbows against a blue sky.There is a reason why folks vacation at their favorite lake house! You could have one of your own in your back yard.

Creates a wildlife habitat: If you like the great outdoors and all the critters in it, you’ll appreciate the variety of wildlife a lake or large pond will bring. Animals of all sorts gravitate toward water. Depending on where you live, you can expect to see wild birds and water fowl, raccoons, turtles, frogs, butterflies and dragonflies, not to mention all the underwater life. These animals will call the pond and your property home, making it an entertaining ecosystem for your family and friends.

Becomes your own fishing pond: If you’re a fishing enthusiast, you probably know that there are few things better than fishing your own stocked pond. You’d be able to set up habitats for them, feed them and monitor their behavior. Rather than getting up before dawn and driving to a favorite fishing hole, you can pull on your waders and head out to your own pond whenever the fish are biting!

Provides water fun for everyone: From paddle boating and swimming in the summer to ice skating and ice fishing in the winter, a pond or lake will be sure to satisfy just about any outdoor adventure. But remember to always play safe, making sure you supervise children at all times and have a life ring and rope nearby.

Stores water for farm animals, irrigation: A more practical benefit, some property owners keep a pond to water their horses, sheep, goats and cattle. It’s an accessible watering hole for them, as well as a habitat for wild animals. Others may use the lake or pond to hold water for crop or garden irrigation during the dry months of the year.

Small lakes or farms ponds make a useful and fun addition to any property. They benefit the local ecosystem, they provide a fun and relaxing place to gather with family and friends, and they offer practical benefits, too. It’s definitely something to consider!

POND TALK: What are your favorite things about your pond or lake?

8 Responses

  1. Loved your post about owning a pond. My husband and son (who was then 11) built a pond on our farm. It was wonderful watching the progress from start to finish. I made a memory book for them – of photographs and relevant quotes. You can see it here
    http://www.yudu.com/item/details/75830/Keesling-Family-Pond-Book

    A pond is a wonderful thing for a family to have – we enjoy it daily!

    Thanks for a great catalog / blog – we have learned a lot from it.

    Gina Keesling
    Alexandria, Indiana

  2. I do have a large pond and I have a serious problem with all of the leaves that blow into this pond and cover the bottom. I also have a problem with water lilies which were planted by the previous owner and are threatening to take over most of this pond. please advise how I might best relieve these problems. I have purchased a rake and scythe cutter from you and beginning to take care of some of the shallower areas of the pond by continuing to cut the lilies off close to the roots. Will they eventually die or will they keep spreading from the cutoffs?

    I would appreciate an email reply. Thanks

    • William,

      When it comes to water lilies, the best product to use would be Kraken & Cide-Kick. Your going to want to use 24 oz Kraken with 1.5 Oz Cide-Kick with 3 quarts of water. Mix this into a tank sprayer and spray where the water lilies are. If the water lilies are below the surface of the water, just spray the mixture on the water’s surface where they are located. The mixture will sink down to the plants. This mixture will treat approximately 2,500 sq. ft. of water lilies.

      The only water use restriction on Kraken is irrigation. It has a 120-day irrigation restriction, so no using your pond water to spray your grass, garden or other plants.

      Hopefully this helps, let me know if you need anything else.

  3. How do I clear my pond water?

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