Get Your Pond Ready For Fall
With the passing of the seasons your pond transitions throughout, blooming pond plants and active fish in the summer and warmer months need tidying up and its time to get your pond ready for fall.
As air temperatures begin to drop, so do pond water temperatures. During this temperature change, the needs of pond fish are altering as well. It is very important to protect the fish from their changing surroundings including falling debris, pine needles and decaying leaves. Protect your water garden ponds with quality pond cover nets.
In most parts of the United States it’s best to leave fish in the pond during the winter, providing the depth of the pond is adequate (18˝ or deeper) and there is little or no water circulation.
To get your pond ready for the fall perform these simple easy tasks:
- Cut back all pond plants that are starting die off, this will help stop the plants material decaying in the pond.
- Add a bacteria like Spring & Fall to help break down sludge and other debris and adds beneficial bacteria.
- Place a protection pond cover netting across the pond to stop leaves from entering the pond.
- Depending on where you are located you may need to stop the pump and filter if fitted. If so take the pump out of the pond and blow air through all pipes so any freezing does not cause expanding issues with UV quartz sleeves etc.
- Add a Ice Preventor, can be a electrical pond heater or a floating device, this stops the pond surface from totally freezing and maintains gas exchange
- Add a thermometer so you know when to stop feeding when water lowers to 50 degrees