Ponds and Water Features
Ponds, waterfalls, garden pools, or dish gardens of any shape or size can be a fascinating point of interest when incorporated into your garden. Adding moving water improves the oxygen content, as well as providing a soothing focal point. Possible plants to consider in your feature would include perennial water lilies, grasses, and irises, as well as many beautifull tropicals.
Autumn Pond Maintenance
After enjoying your pond during the spring and summer, in the Fall it is necessary to remove all of the debris and dead leaves from the surface of the water. If leaves and debris are left in your water, they will die, decompose, and pollute the water, harming the fish, plants, and water. To protect the pond from future leaf removals, consider leaf netting to keep the leaves out of your pond. It is an inexpensive way to help protect your pond during the fall and winter months.
Read the manufacturer directions for all of the mechanical components of your pond to ensure that you do everything possible to get it ready for the winter.
Tropical plants may need to be taken into the house to allow them to make it through the cooler months, while hardier bog plants may simply need to be cut back. Water plants, like water lilies, only need you to stop feeding them, so that they can become dormant. You then only have to move them to the bottom of the pond to help keep them from freezing. Trim any dead leaves from your plants to keep the leaves from decomposing in your pond and polluting the water.
By using your skimmer to remove dead leaves and other debris, inspecting the mechanical systems, and taking care of the plants, you will get your pond ready for the cooler months and enjoy it for many years to come.
Spring Pond Maintenance
Spring pond maintenance requires inspection of your equipment including your pump, tubing and water lines, fountain sprays, filters, pond liner or preformed pond, and any other equipment that may form the basic infrastructure of your pond.
Water lilies should be divided about every three years. Abundant, full leaves and diminished flowers are good indicators that the lillies need to be divided.
Spring is a good time to test the water for Ammonia which is colorless and odorless but highly toxic to fish. Also, water that is too acidic or too alkaline is harmful to both fish and plants. The final test we recommend in the spring is Phosphate. Too much phosphate promotes algae growth which is difficult to control in the spring.
Come check out our aquatic plants (available Spring thru Fall) and fill in that empty space in your pond or water feature!
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