Fall Pond Maintenance For Winterization

There are many reasons as to why you should include fall pond maintenance and care prior to winterizing your ponds. Here's an extensive guide for beginners and pro's that just want to check some facts.

6 Quick Fall Pond Maintenance Steps

1) Turn off power to pond pump and filter system. This prevents freezing and the water's exposure to oxygen during winter.

2) Cover pond with pond netting or other heavy material that will keep the leaves from clogging pond.

3) Drain pond, cleaning the bottom and skimming out any debris that might have been left behind by fish or pets.

4) Chemically treat pond in order to kill bacteria, algae, insect larvae, etc.

5) Leave cover on pond if you expect below freezing temperatures. Without a cover on your pond during winter, pond water can freeze and crack pond liner.

If pond will be exposed to below freezing temperatures, pond cover should be secured with a pond net or other material that will allow oxygen into pond because pond without oxygen can also damage pond liner.

6) After all ice has melted on the pond during spring, clean out any sediment that may have built up during winter months.

Fall Pond Maintenance starts early

Putting a pond net over your water feature before leaves start falling from trees is the easiest way to contain and manage leaf control.

Once all the leaves have fallen, simply roll up the net, discard the leaves, and put the net away until the next time it’s needed.

If you didn’t install netting, you’ll probably have a build up of leaves and debris that need to be removed.

A long-handled pond net makes an easy job of scooping the debris from the bottom of the pond. If you leave the debris on the bottom of the pond, you’ll be creating a bigger mess to face in the spring.

Fall pond maintenance is an important part of pond winterization.

Putting a pond net over your water feature before leaves start falling from trees is the easiest way to contain and manage leaf control.

Once all the leaves have fallen, simply roll up the net, discard the leaves, and put the net away until next time it’s needed. If you didn’t install netting, you will probably have a build up of leaves and debris that need to be removed with a long-handled pond net making an easy job of scooping debris from bottom of pond.

Leave this debris on bottom if you do not want to create bigger mess in springtime or pay for extra services come spring cleanup time.

If you are looking for pond winter pond maintenance, this article can help.

In the fall and before the pond freezes in winter, you have to drain it or put pond heaters in it so that the pond does not freeze solid or ice over.

If pond water freezes into solid ice sheet on pond surface pond will be drained out causing serious damage to your pond liner, which will need to be replaced.

If pond freezes over it will disrupt the pond ecosystem and harm fish already in pond, which makes winter pond maintenance more complicated that simply draining out pond water for year-round pond protection.

Ensure healthy fish before winter

As pond owners, it’s important to take a little time and effort to prepare your pond for winter during the fall season.

Taking these few steps not only helps your fish survive their winter slumber, but makes your spring maintenance much easier.

The following are some guidelines that will help you ensure healthy pond fish all winter long:

- Be sure to check water quality and pH levels before turning off the pond pumps

- If necessary, add an algaecide or clarifier if pond algae is building up too much - Remove uneaten food scraps from pond plants and put them in a sealed garbage bag to prevent attracting unwanted wildlife like raccoons or skunks (and also keep those pesky critters out of your trash)

- Check pond plants and winterize them if need be

- Suppress pond weed growth by adding an herbicide or pond weed preventer

- Feed pond fish a high quality pond fish food that will provide great nutrition for all species of pond fish during the wintertime (we recommend this fish food)

- Keep pond pumps off and pond water surface still when possible (if pond fish are used to seeing pond water movement, they may stress out a bit during winter, though keeping pond plants in the pond will help provide some natural pond filtration without having to turn on the pond pumps)

- Don’t forget about pond fish like goldfish, pond loach and pond shrimp - Suitable pond fish food during the wintertime is Life’s Abundance Thin Flake Fish Food

- You can add pond salt to pond water as a conditioner for pond fish, but be aware that too much salt may kill your pond plants. W

e recommend mixing it in gradually with existing pond water over a period of several weeks before pond water gets too cold for pond fish

- Put pond fish in the pond at night gradually so pond fish aren’t stressed out with sudden changes. We recommend putting pond fish in first thing at dusk (after you have performed all of your fall pond maintenance tasks) and taking them out last thing at dusk.

- By following these pond fish fall season maintenance tips, you will be well on your way to having healthy pond fish that can survive the wintertime.

After pond water has frozen in pond, it’s important to check pond ice each week and remove any pond ice if needed.

Pond ice should not be thick enough to walk on without fear of pond ice breaking. It’s also important to check pond fish frequently for the first few weeks after pond water freezes in pond and make sure they are all alive, healthy and happy during wintertime

Taking care of your pond in the fall is a great idea

As you can see, pond winter pond maintenance is more than just draining out pond water. If you want to keep your pond in great shape all year long, it’s important that you take the time and effort during the fall season to prepare for winter.

Let our Garden Pond Supply store help with all of these tasks so that come springtime when we are ready for garden pond cleanup 
you will be prepared too!

We offer a wide variety of products including pond heaters, pond plants and even pond fish food (for both goldfish and other species).

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