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Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.

I Am My Father's Daughter

Is Your Pond Too Acidic? 2 Ways Limestone Can Restore The Balance

Beatrice Reid

The pond in your backyard was once teeming with plant and aquatic life. Now, however, your plants and fish are dying. Desperate to restore life to your pond and uncover the problem, you've had the water tested. Turns out, your water is too acidic. While this may sound like a reason to be alarmed, it isn't, and the fix for this problem is something quite simple- limestone. The process is called liming. Here's how this simple rock can restore balance to your pond water and allow life to flourish once again.

Restores Alkalinity

For plants and aquatic animals to survive in your pond, the alkalinity of the water must be restored. Alkalinity is important, because it allows the water in your pond to neutralize acids. Carbonates and bi-carbonates (like baking soda) effectively combat acids.

However, pouring copious amounts of baking soda into your pond won't do much good. It simply dissolves too fast. What you need is something that contains carbonates and bi-carbonates that dissolve slowly, effectively reducing acids over an extended period of time. This is where limestone comes in.

Limestone is naturally alkaline. It contains calcium carbonate. When limestone is added to your pond, the calcium carbonate it contains begins to dissolve. The water turns the calcium carbonate into a bi-carbonate that contains the acid neutralizing base hydroxide. The base reduces the acid, restoring alkalinity.

Reduces Toxic Metals

When your pond water becomes too acidic, it's easier for poisonous metals like aluminum, nickel, and lead to accumulate. In a properly balanced pond, these metals would normally become trapped in the soil of the pond. However, high acidity helps them to change from solid metal to liquid because it dissolves them.

Once in the water, these toxic metals will kill plants and other forms of life. Because limestone decreases the acidity of the water, heavy toxic metals can no longer dissolve as easily. They sink to the bottom of the pond and become trapped in the soil once again.

Choosing Your Limestone

If you choose to lime your pond, you'll need to purchase the right type of limestone. Agricultural grade limestone is ideal because it's affordable and can be easily purchased. Since the limestone needs to dissolve slowly, you should look for crushed or ground limestone as they will work the best.

Although you can pour the limestone directly into the water of your pond, you will achieve the best results if you drain the pond first and then add the stone. Whichever method you choose, however, the limestone will allow life to begin anew in your pond.

For more information, contact Southern Landscape Materials or a similar company.