Every Oklahoma pond needs submerged plants for a number of reasons. Surface and floating plants like hyacinth and water lilies add beauty and pops of color to your underwater garden. Just like any other plants used in landscaping, underwater cultivars deserve to be well taken care of too. Healthy underwater plants play a critical role in the well being of your pond. Why are submerged plants important and how do they help your pond?
Keep Water Temperature Down
As we all know, living in Oklahoma can get HOT! So to help offset the direct sunlight, submerged plants can help provide our finned friends with some much needed shade. Thus, helping keep water temps down for our fish and also to help control algae.
As a byproduct of photosynthesis, underwater plants naturally produce oxygen. Oxygen as we all know is important for a pond’s health and vitality. Even if you invest in the best sub-surface aeration system, you still need to include colorful and fast growing submerged plants. This combination ensures cleaner water to support the inhabitants in your pond.
Protect Fish From Predators
It is natural that a pond with fish will have predators lurking around. Sub-surface plants offer a protective layer to prevent the fish from being too exposed to the predators. These plants also offer hiding spots for fish when predators come stalking. During an attack, naturally fish and other pond critters will swim into the lush growth to hide. The water plants provide an excellent camouflage for your fish.
Provide Spawning Areas
Root systems, stems and leaves of submerged plants offer safe places where fish can lay their eggs. After hatching, the plants provide a safe environment for the tiny fry and also provide food and protection.
How To Add Submerged Plants to your Oklahoma Pond
You need to know when to add submerged plants in your pond and which plants to choose. Without a proper plan your pond may end up being a mess and look like an aquatic jungle. How do you about adding submerged plants in your pond? Before getting water plants, you need to consider the following factors:
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Tim Trammell has been building, designing, servicing and maintaining pond in the Oklahoma City Metro area for over 20 years. His company Continental Ponds, is Oklahoma's first Master Certified Aquascape Contractor and is an national award winning pond and water feature builder.