10 Tips for preparing your Pond for the winter

Here are a few suggestions to help get your Fish Pond or Water Garden ready for the months ahead. Click here for more info:
Tip #1 Use a long handled Skimmer Net to remove as many leaves as possible to prevent them from decomposing in the Pond.
Tip #2 Cut back all Aquatic Plants in the Pond including your lilies. You can also do this with Perennials located near the Pond.
Tip #3 If you do not intend to run your Pond during the winter, you can remove, Inspect and clean Filter Media & Pump. Place your Pump in a bucket of water and store in the basement to prevent the seals from drying out and protect it.
Tip #4 Add some Cold Water Bacteria to help keep your Pond looking good during the winter months.
Tip #5 Stop feeding your fish when the water temperature gets below 55 F. Their digestive systems have slowed down and it is not healthy for them to eat.
Tip # 6 If you have Fish, add an Aerator or small Re-circulating Pump that bubbles at the surface to oxygenate the water and allow gases from decomposing leaves and plants to escape. Theses gases are harmful to the fish.
Tip #7 If you live in the north where temps are extreme, add a floating heater to keep the surface from freezing over. They have a built in thermostat and turn on and off when needed.
Tip #8 Cover your Pond with Pond Netting during the big leaf drop period. It can be removed after most of the leaves have fallen. You can elect to keep your pond running all winter. Watch for ice damning and add water as needed.
Tip #9 Install an Aquascape Pond Skimmer. Your Pump will be protected inside the skimmer. Leaves will be drawn from the Pond surface. They can be easily removed later instead of collecting on the bottom and clogging up your Pump.
Tip #10 Here are a few of my favorite Aquascape Inc. products for Fall/Winter Pond Preparation.

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  • 13526476
    on Apr 3, 2017

    These are great instructions but we have had issues with birds being caught in the nets when trying to bathe or drink in the shallow end. How have you prevented.
  • Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls
    on Apr 4, 2017

    Try Leaving an opening in the shallow end so birds can get a drink.
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