Living the Country Life

Pond management Content

Use your pond to water livestock without them walking around in it
If you’ve never siphoned water from your pond to water livestock, it's not a bad idea. Gravity flow systems can do this, and is the most inexpensive way of moving large volumes of water...
They're a beneficial critter to have around - most of the time
When I was in middle school, there was a small creek behind the school building that was chock-full of crawdads. We had a great time at recess catching them, and then freaking out the teachers when...
They're like an underwater lawn mower
I have some friends with a few grass carp in their pond. The carp nibble on aquatic grasses and are apparently well-fed because they're huge, and the pond doesn’t seem to have a problem...
Dams and gnawing teeth can cause a lot of damage.
I heard about a guy in Minnesota who planted a grove of new trees on his acreage. He went out on his porch one morning to drink his coffee and found all the trees had been cut down by beavers...
A broom handle and aluminum pie plate can tell you if you need to fertilize
Where I live in the Midwest, there are few worries regarding pond fertility. The soil is nutrient rich and our farm ponds and lakes can produce ginormous fish. But in some parts of the country,...
Winter complicates life in the pond
Ice is like a lid on the aquatic ecosystem. If it stays thin and clear, sunlight can filter through, and plants and algae can produce oxygen. However, a layer of snow on top of the ice can throw...
Getting water out of the pond is just as important as filling it
If the water level in your pond is suddenly rising, take a look at the spillway. Its job is to control the maximum depth of the pond and direct the outflow to an area that won’t compromise the...
Draining the pond can be done several ways, and some quicker than others
Late fall and early winter is a good time for pond management, such as removing silt to make the pond deeper, vegetation control, or to get rid of unwanted fish species. This often requires draining...
A pond with a deteriorating shoreline will eventually have decreased water quality
The shoreline around a pond is just as critical as the water in it. If soil is allowed to wash in through erosion, the water becomes murky and affects habitat for fish and other aquatic species. If...
Hydrilla can take over the pond if not controlled
You don't want Hydrilla taking over your pond. It's a nasty water weed, and can become a tangled mess. Greg Lutz is an aquaculture professor at Louisiana State University's...