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-If you live in a location that gets a lot of leaf fall it may be difficult to keep up with it. Adding a Net over your Pond can be a huge help at keeping all that debris out during the fall months. Once all the leaves have dropped simply remove the net.
-Our Team uses 1/2 inch PVC to create a dome over the pond when netting. This helps keep the net from dipping into the pond when heavy leaf piles begin to build up on top.
Use these tips to help you during the changing season but do not let the maintenance stress you out. The important thing is to have fun with your Pond or Water Feature throughout the entire year. Just keep these tips in mind and you will have a smooth Fall and Winter.
-If you live up north where the surface of the pond freezes, you’ll need to prepare for winter by deciding whether you want to keep your pond running or shut it down.
-To shut your pond down, first unplug your pump and pull it out of the water. The pump should be stored in a frost-free environment, submerged in a bucket of water to keep the seals from drying out.
-If you have fish, a small re-circulating pump or aerator that bubbles at the water surface is necessary to oxygenate the water. In all but extremely low temperatures, the bubbling of the pump will also keep a hole open in the ice to allow for a gas exchange in order to keep your fish alive.
Should I leave my Pond running during the winter?
Pond Pro Tips for Fall & Winter Pond Maintenance
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-Prune back all your dying leaves from all your plants. Your lilies should still be growing strong, at least until the first heavy frost.
-When the water temperature is around 50 degrees F, stop feeding your fish. If you continue to feed them, you might create health problems because their digestive systems are starting to slow down for the winter.
-As leaves falls from nearby trees, you’ll likely need to empty your skimmer’s debris net every day to keep up with the influx of leaves. Some leaves will undoubtedly sink to the bottom of the pond; try to remove as many as you can. However, a few left in the pond will give insects and frogs a place to over-winter.
-If you leave too much organic matter in your pond, the water may turn brown. If this happens, remove the excess debris and add activated carbon to clear the water.
-As the temperature drops and your plants turn yellow, cut back the dead plant material and remove the tropicals. Cut back any cattails above the water level, or better yet, leave them up to see how magnificent they look in the winter.
-If your area experiences long periods of extremely cold weather, you may consider adding a floating de-icer. Controlled by a thermostat, the unit only runs when the water temperature is at or below freezing, heats the water to just above that, and then shuts off again. Ask your installer or local supplier for products to help your pond during the winter.
-You can also choose to keep the waterfall running. This will require a little babysitting to make sure an ice dam does not form, which could cause your water to run out of the waterfall’s basin. You will also still need to replace water loss so the pump can continue to function properly. This extra effort during the winter will reward you with the most beautiful ice formations and patterns around the falls and stream beds.
-If you are fortunate enough to live where it is warm all year round then your winter prep is already complete.
The Trees are Changing, Knitted Sweaters are Coming Out, leaves are crunching under our feet, and everything is Pumpkin flavored, Fall is here.....& WINTER IS COMING.
Just fun, not trying to intimidate you, just attempting to prepare you. As a Pond owner, it generally suggested to have your pond properly cleaned twice a year, or at very least once a year. We are here to give some helpful tips for a proper Fall Pond Cleaning to keep your pond looking great and prepare it for the Winter.
Its About The Lifestyle.
Winter Is Coming