The 5 Main Benefits Of Aquatic Plants For Your Backyard Pond

This Is How Aquatic Plants Can Make Your Pond Experience Easier And More Enjoyable

The benefits of aquatic plants go beyond just making your pond look nicer and more natural. For one, they limit algae growth quite well.

Find more benefits below-

Our Pond’s Missing Something…

“But I can’t quite put my finger on it…” James trails off.

Amanda comes to stand next to him on their deck overlooking their backyard pond. “We need plants,” she states matter-of-factly. “They look great and the benefits of aquatic plants are nothing to sneeze at.”

James looks at her in surprise. “What? I mean, I understand having the plants, but what’s this about benefits?”

Amanda takes her phone out of her pocket. “Here, our pond contractor sent me this link. It explains what pond plants do besides look good.” James takes the phone from her hand.

Here’s what he discovers:

Benefits of Aquatic Plants In Backyard Ponds

Pink flowering aquatic plant
  1. They make it look beautiful and natural
  2. Oxygenating the water
  3. Filtering the water so it’s cleaner
  4. Providing shade and cover
  5. Helping limit algae growth

How These Benefits Help You And Your Pond

Pond with all sorts of aquatic plants

Making the pond look beautiful and more natural. What’s better than a backyard pond? One that looks like you built your home around it. Plenty of green and other plant colors help with this.

Oxygenating the water. Fish breathe small bits of oxygen in the water. Plants add more, which makes it easier for any fish to breathe.

Pond with aquatic plants

Filtering the water. Plants help remove toxins and excess nutrients. This limits algae growth because the algae have fewer nutrients to help them grow. This makes your pond cleaner and gives any fish a better home.

Providing shade and cover. Shade cools down the water temperature. This makes it more comfortable for your fish and reduces algae growth. It’s also a great cover for your fish in case predators come around.

Helping limit algae growth. Plants take up the resources algae need to grow successfully. This includes nutrients, sunlight, and heat.

Which Plants Do What

Pond with fish and lilypads

Floating plants provide shade, filter the water, absorb extra nutrients, and look great in ponds.

Deep-water emergent plants come up from the bottom and bloom on top of the water. They provide cover, shade, and breakdown nutrients algae thrive on.

Marginal, or bog, plants have great benefits too. They collect nutrients on the sides of your pond before they can feed algae or mess with the water.

Submerged plants take care of the pond bottom. They remove nutrients, oxygenate the water, and give hiding places to fish.

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“This is great, wow! It should make owning a pond easier and more enjoyable,” crows James excitedly. Amanda smiles. “Want to see what else our contractor sent us?”

More aquatic plants posts coming soon!