A common question our customers in Lexington Kentucky (KY) ask is if added gravel will actually cause more pond maintenance. This is not really the case. Adding gravel in your pond actually hides muck so it is not always visible, creates additional surface area for bacteria to accumulate in order to keep your pond muck free and provides a more natural landscape look actually brightening your pond’s bottom and helping to make your fish more visible.
Addition of gravel to your pond is a quick and easy transition. Ideally you will want to add a layer of stones that is 1-2 inches deep. Making the gravel any deeper will allow muck and debris to settle between the stones and out of reach from the natural bacteria. Choose stones that are smooth and rounded such as river rock. Also make sure the stones you add are not too small such as pea gravel which would get packed together trapping in debris or be picked up by pond pumps or other maintenance tools. Ideally you will be looking for stones around 1” -3" in diameter. Proper planning and installation is the key to successfully having gravel in your pond, and following the guidelines above will ensure your success.