How To Makeover Your Retention Pond Into A Landscaped Work Of Art

Retention ponds are rather utilitarian and somewhat boring. They exist to catch rainwater off the inclined banks built from elevated highways and uniform platforms for multi-unit apartment complexes. Instead of leaving these retention ponds to just sit and collect algae or provide a place for ducks to rest, you can turn the ponds into landscaped works of art. Here is how.

Lake Fountains

These structures are fountains built into the center of man-made lakes, but they work really well in the center of retention ponds too. If you can install the lake fountain into your retention pond before the pond starts to fill up, that is ideal. However, you are probably looking to install a lake fountain after your retention pond has already filled itself.

In that case, you will need a professional water landscaper, someone who knows how to dive and can install the lake fountain while under water. The fountain may also be installed by draining the retention pond, holding the water in several water tanker trucks, and then installing the fountain before returning all of the pond water back to the pond. Once the fountain is in place, its constant draw on the pond's water for the fountain's vertical sprays will keep the water moving, an effective practice for preventing algae blooms and duckweed.

Water Plants That Provide Beauty

Water lilies and cattails provide both natural beauty and shelter to water fowl. There are also a few other flowering plants that you can plant close to the water's edge to prevent erosion and beautify the retention pond. Your water landscaper can show you different options for installation and provide you with information regarding the level of care necessary to keep these plants alive. You may even consider certain trees, such as weeping willows, which fare quite well near the pond's edge and flower in the springtime.

Adding Live Swans

Additionally, you can purchase and keep live swans in your retention pond. (The swans may need their wings clipped if you want to keep them near and on the pond indefinitely.) Since swans will consume many of the water bugs that develop in and commune near the retention pond, they can keep the pond looking beautiful and free of insect pests (like mosquitoes, lake flies and gnats). Be sure to build a small hut or a lean-to near the pond where the swans can find shelter during unpleasant weather. (This shelter could also be decorative, providing more beauty to an otherwise utilitarian water source.)