Permanent and direct sun exposure damages the garden pond. So that the plants and fish do not suffer from the sun, it is important to protect them. We present 5 options here.© Cornelia Kalkhoff - Fotolia.com A garden pond is a real eye-catcher in every garden. It creates an oasis of calm where you can relax and unwind after work and escape everyday life for a while. Especially in the evening, when the individual light sources provide comfort, the garden pond invites you to dream and linger.
But this only works as long as the pond is clean and well-kept. Of course, this offers a lot of work in terms of pond maintenance, but some points can be avoided if an important detail is taken into account when choosing the location. If the garden pond is too exposed to the sun, plants and animals can be damaged.
Too much sun damages the garden pond
While we are happy when the sun is at its highest, this means a special challenge for the garden pond. Permanent solar radiation means that algae are increasingly formed, which can significantly damage the climate in the pond. Thread algae in particular are an excellent basis. In itself, thread algae are a good sign, since they speak for a good biological quality and stability of the pond. However, when they die, they release nitrogen compounds that severely clog the pond. Therefore, they have to be removed regularly. Since the normal pond filter can hardly do it, you have to do it yourself, otherwise a real plague will develop.
Fishing can also be hard on the strong sunlight. In the worst case, you risk a life-threatening sunburn. Kois, for example, are very well known for this because they swim very close to the surface of the water.
In order to protect the habitat of animals and plants, you should think about sun protection on the garden pond in good time. We would like to present 5 different solutions.
With these solutions you protect your garden pond from the sun
So that the overall picture is not impaired, it is important that you choose the sun protection so that it fits into the environment. So it should not only take on a functional task, but also a decorative one.
Tip 1: Bridge as sun protection© stockpics - Fotolia.com
Bridges offer an optimal shade. Although they do not leave the entire pond in the shade, they offer a small retreat for fish. You can hide there during the hot hours of sunshine. This will reduce the chance of your fish getting sunburned. This can burn the fish's mucous membrane. The resulting inflammation creates germs that can ultimately be fatal to the fish. In addition to sunburn, they can also flash your eyes. This happens when they look into the sun for too long.
In addition to the practical use, a bridge has a very high design aspect. They are particularly effective in Japanese-style gardens. Wooden bridges are very popular. For example, bridges made from Euro pallets are very easy to build yourself. This video shows how to do it:
If you are not so skilled in terms of craftsmanship, you can of course also use ready-made bridge elements or have a bridge specially made according to your own wishes.
Tip 2: trees and plants as sun protection© reichdernatur - Fotolia.com
The pond is often planned so that trees and the like grow far away. Leaves could fall into the pond and affect the water quality. On the other hand, they offer natural protection against excessive sunlight. You can counteract the foliage with special nets that come in different sizes.
If you still have a free choice in the design, you can fall back on non-running trees. The following are recommended:
- cherry laurel
It may take a while for these plants to reach a certain size to serve as sun protection, but in the meantime you can consider a temporary solution.
Tip 3: parasol as a shade© Gyula Gyukli - Fotolia.com
A parasol offers a mobile and quick solution for shading the garden pond. You can change it as needed or close it in the event of a storm so that it does not cause any damage. Various parasol formats are available on the market, which have to meet different requirements depending on the installation location. As a shade provider, protection from UV radiation should be a top priority, so that plants and fish are protected.
Traffic light umbrellas are highly recommended for a garden pond. You can attach your foot to a footbridge or the edge of the pond. The large umbrella then offers sufficient shade to protect water, animals and plants.
The advantage of the parasol is that you can also transport it to another location at any time. If it is no longer needed due to another solution at the pond, you can also use the umbrella as sun protection on the terrace, for example.
Tip 4: sun sail© MIKE RICHTER - Fotolia.com
The sun sail is an alternative to the parasol. There are also different colors and shapes here. In addition to the standard dimensions, you can also have sun sails made to measure. So the look can be tailored to the needs of your own garden.
Sun sails must be of good quality so that they can withstand wind and weather. Today there are even sun sails that are operated electronically and rolled up automatically in the event of a storm.
»By the way: Sun sails and parasols not only provide a shady spot, but also protect against herons. From above, it can no longer look at the pond and locate its prey. Beneficial for garden owners who keep valuable koi.
Tip 5: duckweed© Martin Schlecht - Fotolia.com
There are not only solutions that can be carried out around the garden pond, but also solutions that are available to you within the pond. These include special plants, such as Duckweed, also known as duckweed. They form a carpet on the surface of the water and thus protect fish and other plants.
In addition, duckweed have the advantage of increasing the oxygen content of the water. This is important so that the fish can survive in the water. The warmer the water gets, the lower the oxygen concentration in the pond water. If you do not want to use duckweed as a shade and oxygen supplier, you can also take other measures to counteract the lack of oxygen.
" My advice: If you don't like it so wild, you can also use water lilies. They have the same effect, but look a lot nicer due to their bloom.