ECOSYSTEM Backyard PONDS
1,000+ ponds constructed and repaired and 5,000+ ponds cleaned in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia since 2001
A pond is a living, working system. An ecosystem, that is. At Premier Ponds, we help bring what Mother Nature has done such a good job of for years to your backyard.
Everything we put into your ecosystem backyard pond has a specific purpose to keep the pond as natural as possible.
Aspects Of An Ecosystem Backyard Pond:
- The first part of an ecosystem pond is the biofalls. The biofalls has two main purposes in the pond:
- It is the waterfall that allows the water to pass into the basin of the pond
- The biofalls act as a mechanical filter to help keep debris out of the pond
- Once the water is in the pond, the plants and fish come into play. They work together in equilibrium to provide nutrients for each other.
- A pond without plants can lead to a large algae problem due to a lack of plants taking the nutrients away from the algae
- The rocks and gravel in the bottom of the pond actually have a very positive effect in that it allows for beneficial bacteria to grow.
- The final major aspect of a pond’s ecosystem is the skimmer unit. Very similar to a biofalls, this is a mechanical filter to help keep the pond clear.
Take a look at our Ecosystems Brochure to see some projects Premier Ponds has done!
Ecosystem Pond FAQs Homeowners Ask Us
Here are the answers to the most common questions people ask us about ecosystem koi ponds:
Owning an ecosystem pond comes with many advantages.
It can enhance the visual appeal of your outdoor space, create a calming environment, and serve as a habitat for a variety of aquatic life, including fish and frogs.
For those who love gardening, an ecosystem pond opens up a new world of water plants.
Additionally, it can contribute to a cooler microclimate in your yard.
To maintain an ecosystem pond and keep it in its best condition, it’s recommended to have a pond contractor perform a comprehensive cleaning at least once a year. For optimal results, cleaning 2 to 3 times a year is suggested.
Routine maintenance tasks such as removing debris from the skimmers usually take about 15 minutes each week. For more thorough maintenance and cleaning, think about hiring a pond contractor 2 to 3 times per year.
Koi fish, in their wild state, are native to the freshwater bodies near the Black, Caspian, and Aral Seas. They were domesticated in the 19th century and have since been introduced worldwide.
They will hibernate during winter, so as long as your pond is deep enough so the water doesn’t fully freeze, they’ll be fine.