Ponds Gone Wrong: The Pitfalls to Avoid

Creating and maintaining a pond is never easy. There are limitless issues that can go wrong and if you let your attention slip at any point, you could be looking at an aquatic disaster on your hands. So with that thought in mind, we’ve put together this little collection of 5 of the worst pond pitfalls you really want to avoid.

Muddy Ground Water 

If your pond is at ground level, there's a chance that earth could get into the pond and dirty the water – particularly when it rains – causing all sorts of problems. Avoid this by raising the pond up, or by placing extensive paving around the pond.

Algae Overload

Algae can be a pond keeper’s nightmare, but you can minimise it through water lilies which shade the water and prevent the weed from growing. Similarly, placing small clumps of hay in nets at the pond’s edge will keep algae from growing- just remember to remove the hay every 2 months before it dies and becomes part of the problem.


Britain’s weather is notoriously unpredictable, and if your pond is susceptible to flooding, you’ll always need to be on your guard. Keep a large bucket, a hose and more within close proximity at all times – you never know when they’ll come in handy.

Poisoned Water

A pond is a delicate ecosystem, so you need to make sure that the water is of a high quality for your fish and other pond life to survive comfortably.

Broken Fountain

A water fountain can turn any average pond into a spectacle, but when it’s clogged or broken in some other way, it can look like a real eye-saw. Therefore, take care to maintain your fountain property before it falters and breaks.  

As you can see, there are lots of things that can go wrong with your pond, but if you keep on your toes and look after it property, you should be able to enjoy your perfect pond.