Small Backyard Ponds: Advantages and Dealing With Potential Problems



The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 92 – June 18, 2018 – Small Backyard Ponds: Advantages and Dealing With Potential Problems.

Question For Today’s Podcast Episode:


Tony asks: You have talked about your pond, and I definitely see the value it adds, however I am concerned about the mosquito breeding ground it would create if I installed one. What do you do to keep them at bay?


I Discuss:

The advantages to having a small backyard pond. Wildlife (frogs, snakes and pollinators), growing water plants, microclimates, emergency water, and enjoyment.


Different ways to install small ponds. Hard liner, rubber liner, plastic, bentonite clay.


Other pond components. Pumps, filters, pipes.


Beneficial features. Waterfalls, streams, bridges.Mosquito issues and solutions.


Moving water, fish.


Other potential issues. Moss, algae, unwanted wildlife, safety concerns.


Recommendations: 


Backyard Water Gardens: How to Build, Plant & Maintain Ponds, Streams & Fountains by Veronica L. Fowler – https://amzn.to/2LTpcEA, Paperback: 176 pages – this book answers your questions about designing, building, maintaining, planting, and even stocking fish.


The Homestead Life:

A segment where each episode I share something that’s better in my life because of homesteading.


Being able to help others with their homestead projects both online and in person. This has truly become a great joy in my life, to know enough about what i’m doing and have enough skill in a certain area to help other homesteaders with their projects. These folks think i’m just helping them out but it really has made my life better as well.


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