At Wyld Creek Water Gardens we build our ponds to work with mother nature, not against her. By doing so, we have less pond maintenance, allowing us to enjoy the benefits of the pond, instead of having to work on the pond. By building your water feature to perform as an ecosystem, nature is at the heart of the water cycle, not man. As a result, the root systems of pond plants will filter the water, natural bacteria will break down organic matter, and pond fish will eat the algae. No chemicals, just nature doing what nature does best.

How it works

Filtration System: The use of both a biological and a mechanical filter. A biological filter provides surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize and remove excess nutrients from the water. A mechanical filter will not only pre-filter the water and house the pump; it will also skim debris from the water’s surface (just like a pool skimmer) to prevent the accumulation of organic materials on the pond floor that will eventually turn into sludge.

Rocks, Gravel, and Bacteria: Rocks and gravel will not only make your pond look more natural, they will also protect pond liners from UV light degradation and they provide tremendous surface area for beneficial bacteria to break down excess nutrients in the water and dissolved organic debris on the pond floor.

Circulation System: A fancy way of saying “pumps and plumbing.” The proper size pump and pipe diameter are extremely important for the aesthetics of a water feature. More importantly, an efficient circulation system keeps the water moving and provides the necessary oxygen levels for healthy fish and plants.

Fish: A favorite thing in a pond and an integral part of any ecosystem. Fish are not just amazing to have, they will actually reduce pond maintenance, as they graze on string algae and bottom feed from the pond floor.

Aquatic Plants: Not just beautiful they are nature's true filters. Plants are great for adding character to a 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.

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