You have created a lovely water feature in your garden …now, what will you do when chillier temperatures arrive? Perhaps you live where there’s no ice or snow – ah, that does sound nice to this Northeastern writer! Chances are, though, there are some freezing temperatures in your pond’s future, and you’ll want to maintain it throughout the year. No guesswork is necessary: consult experts such as the folks at pondsuppliesforless.com.
Preparing Your Pond For Fall
Fall is a time for preparing the garden, pond, fish, and aquatic plants for winter, whether they will be resting during the cold, or remaining active landscape features.
Much is available about caring for fish in the cold: it’s important to know that their metabolism slows when temperatures drop, and their nutritional needs change. A special thermometer is available at Laguna pond which will tell you what your fish need at different times of the year.
Purchase a fall/winter fish food at this time of year. Note that Pond Supplies For Less has fish food in different size containers so you can select the right one for your number of fish.
Fallen leaves , dying plants and other debris will create an unhappy pond filled with muck. Decomposing leaves and plants create unhealthy gases, and they’ll clog your pumps and filters. Pond netting is your first line of defense. Stretch a net over the top of your pond and anchor it with staples or stakes. Pull the net out and remove debris regularly. Setting up the netting is headache-free – good quality black netting material, is almost invisible and comes with its own stakes so it’s easy to install. You can even remove it in spring and summer.
Your annual plants, such as water hyacinth, are not likely to survive a cold winter. Gardening experts generally agree that annuals are best removed, composted, and then replaced in the spring. Your perennial plants, such as iris and water lilies, will require trimming and winterizing, depending upon their species. Floating and removable planting containers will make it easier to work with those plants. You’ll want to trim some and cut them back. Other plants prefer to hibernate in the garden or cellar for the winter.
Preparing Your Pond For Winter
The new year begins in January, and this month brings an icy cover to many gardens. You can choose whether to keep your pond as open water for the season. Did you know that you can keep your pond visible, your fish happy, and your waterfall bubbling all winter? If you’d rather, though, you can put your pond, plants and fish to bed for the winter. In either case, purchase high quality products to maintain your feature’s health and beauty.
Perhaps we don’t think of icy cold water as supporting life, but it can: with care, your fish can live through the winter, and so can your perennial plants. Unfortunately, algae, weeds, and debris can also decompose in an untended pond in the winter, and create an unhealthy pond come Spring. Thus, a winterizing cleanup is always recommended. Pond lovers everywhere will put on their Wellies and remove debris, algae, and rotted leaves from their ponds. They’ll pulling up removable containers to winterize plants. You will also need to remove, clean and store your pumps and electric filters.
Your fish will need oxygen in the winter, so purchase a heater and de-icer for your pond so that there will always be open water. Some gardeners use home remedies such as hot kettles or boiling water to keep an area of open water in the ice; however, an electric de-icer can save a gardener time and avoid cold, wet feet from tramping through the snow.
All experts agree that you should not break the ice on your fish pond by striking it with a mallet or other instrument. The noises from this will shock and possibly kill your fish.
Preparing Your Pond For Spring
Hurray for Spring, when gardens come to life! Spring is a time to buy new things for the garden --something all gardeners love to do. Pond owners have double the fun, as they get to choose to add fish, new water features, annual floating plants, and new perennials.
How about a waterfall that leads to an ornamental fountain? Pond Supplies For Less has an elegant heron fountain that comes as a convenient kit with its own pump. A fountain or waterfall serves more than one purpose: it aerates and oxygenates the water, helps curb algae and bad bacteria, and provides beauty for you! Warm water contains less oxygen than cold water, so do consider purchasing some kind of pumped water feature for warm weather.
Preparing Your Pond For Summer
First of all, enjoy your pond during this warm season. With any luck, dragonflies, butterflies, and songbirds will come to visit.
If you have fish, they need shade in the summer, so include plants in your fish pond. A combination of floating plants and border plants looks beautiful and provides all kinds of nooks and crannies to shelter your fish.
A key to a healthy warm-weather pond environment is achieving balance with fish, plants, and beneficial bacteria. To jumpstart your healthy pond in the summer, add beneficial bacteria. Your plants are likely to grow rapidly in the warm weather. You want plants to flourish, as they help provide oxygen and beneficial bacteria. However, you don’t want them to overcrowd each other or your fish. Keep plants trimmed so that they don’t block each other’s growth. As the flowers die, remove them to keep the water clean; remove yellowed or dead foliage. Check your pump filters and clean as needed.
Your fish will grow as well. Keep them happy with an appropriate fish food. You can even purchase foods that will enhance their coloration! Don’t overfeed them, though: food waste makes water cloudy. Read food package directions carefully.
There’s something to do every season, to maintain your pond, plants, fish, pumps, and filters. In addition, however, there is special beauty to each season – relax and enjoy the fresh, clean water in your garden.