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On the Addition of Pond Plants

Some things are taken for granted and the beauty of the simplicity of a pond is one of them. Having a pond in your front or back yard can provide a unique look that is difficult to duplicate with any other fixture. Ponds have a certain air about them that creates a unique sentiment that extends throughout all the property. When this is the case, the aesthetic and even commercial value of the property is enhanced. Of course, a pond will never reach its maximum potential unless is has an adequate supply of pond plants floating in its water.

Much like the pond will improve the look of the property in which it rests upon, pond plants will improve the look of the pond itself. Without an adequate supply or addition of plants, the pond becomes a somewhat vacant addition. In other words, the pond can not avoid an air of “It’s nice, but something is missing.”

When this becomes the case, then what value does the pond have? The short answer to this is zero. The pond was added, after all, to improve the look of the property. If the pond is not serving this purpose, then the pond becomes useless if not an outright detriment to what one is trying to achieve. So, to avoid this needless heartache, it is best to simply add some nice pond plants such as lilies and lotuses to the mix.

How Do You Know Which Pond Plants to Select?

The addition of which particular pond plants to add to the mix is going to be based upon two things: how good the pond plants look and what the pond owner’s particular preference is. Hopefully, the pond owner’s preference will not conflict with what type of plants will look good within a particular pond.

Follow the Instructions

While it may seem like an academic point that one needs to follow the instructions required for putting plants in a pond, there will be those who will try and wing it. This will ultimately lead to disappointment when the weeks and months go by and the end result is NO PLANTS!

Again, each individual plant requires certain specific tasks required to effectively plant the pond plants. If you do follow the proper instructions, however, then you will discover the great benefits that the addition of the plants will greatly improve the look of the pond. Again, simply follow the proper directions and you will reap the awards.


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Gardening Tip #11

Some plants require re-potting for optimum growth but there are others that resent having their roots disturbed. Or their roots system may be small enough that they don't require re-potting. One way to check if your plant needs re-potting is to turn it upside down. Tap the pot to release the plant and check its roots. If roots are all you see, then re-pot. Sometimes the roots will come out of the pot. You should either cut them off or re-pot the plant.