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By Clifford Woods

Which Trees Can I Plant Near My Fish Pond?

Which Trees Can I Plant Near My Fish Pond?
For pond keepers, it is essential to make sure that particular types of tree which are toxic are placed far from your fish pond. Most tree varieties lose their leaves, especially throughout the autumn season. You definitely do not want your pond fish to consume any of the toxic leaves that may fall into your pond; it could ruin their eating habits. 

On top of that, leaves are not nutritious for any fish.

Regardless of whether the leaves are dangerous or not, the elevated amounts of organic matter dropping into the fish pond is harmful as the leaves will at some point rot and sink to the bottom of the pond. Rotting plant life raises the amounts of carbon dioxide and ammonia in the water, which is extremely bad for the well-being of your fish.

A net spread over the pond is a practical option, yet it does take away from the overall physical appeal and experience of the fish pond. Nets may be necessary, or you could simply select tree species that do not shed a significant number of leaves.


There are some tree varieties that will surely supply a pleasant experience and shade for your goldfish, Koi and other aquatic life in your pond from a scorching summer day. The shade from the trees you choose will help to filter out ultraviolet rays, which subsequently assists in the management of algae. The cooler water allows oxygen to break down from the environment into the water considerably more effortlessly.


When deciding upon trees to position around a fish pond, steer clear of the following
  • Laburnum
  • Yew
  • Lime
  • Laurel
  • Bay 
Additional types, while not particularly toxic, do possess huge root systems which will at some point hinder your pond liners are Sycamores and Willows.  These are just two primarily examples of trees with large root systems that you should keep away from. 

Here also is a lists of a few trees appropriate for growing in gardens with fish ponds:
  • Crab Apples are relatively tiny trees types which are a fantastic choice for gardening around a fish pond. The Japanese Crab Apple, as well as the fragrant Malus Pink Perfection are both excellent possibilities.
  • The Swedish Silver Birch is fantastic if you are searching for mild foliage and a bark that progressively becomes white in color as time passes. For those who have an outside Pergola, positioned close to your fish pond and are seeking to add a few evergreen climbing plants next to it ensure that you stay away from deciduous plants like ivy. This particular plant type is among the most toxic of all climbers.
  • A number of the ash tree types make the perfect option, since their root system is fairly compact and they tend not to cast an excessive amount of shade. The Mountain Ash tree has umbel-type blossoms in spring, accompanied by vibrant reddish berries in the autumn which are practically eclipsed by the spectacular red vegetation. The Japanese Mountain Ash yields sizeable orange berries.

Additional options are Mays or Hawthorns, especially if you require a tough and hardy plant. For those who desire an autumn look, a Crataegus prunifolia may be a good choice for you.

If you really have a desire for an evergreen deciduous climbing plant, then a Silver Queen is an excellent choice since it grows quickly and scarcely flowers; from time to time it does develop blossoms, however it is simple to prune them.

In case you already have an accumulation of decayed leaves in your pond, it is likely that algae are beginning to form if it hasn't already spread. An algaecide containing beneficial microorganisms is exactly what you need in order to obtain a thriving pond free of all bad bacteria. 


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Author: Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins in the environment and offer Naturally Organic Solutions.

 


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