Caring for your pond during the winter months. The people that are fortunate enough to reside in a mild climate, simply removing your pond’s excess debris and adding Aquascape Activated Pond Carbon should set you up for the winter.
But those of us that live in the North East, get to see ice formation instead. This is what most of us in North America will see, and we’ll spend the next few months longingly viewing our ponds from indoors.
During these frosty months, you can either keep your pond running for the winter, or shut it down. To shut your pond down, first unplug the pump, pull it out of the pond, and store it in a frost-free location, submerged in a bucket of water to keep the seals from drying out.
Pond Shutdown for the Fish
If you have fish and live in a climate cold enough to cause your pond to freeze over, you’ll need to be concerned with two things. First, is oxygenating the water. To do this, place a small pump on the second shelf of your pond so it bubbles right at the surface of the water. This will replace the oxygenation that your waterfalls were taking care of during the pond season.
Beautiful Ice Sculptures
Leaving your pond up and running is an option many people prefer. Not only does the waterfall and/or stream provide the beautiful sound of running water, but also the freezing water creates outstanding ice sculptures along the stream and waterfall area. The water movement created by running the pond during the winter also eliminates the need for additional oxygenation of the water.
A nip in the air, shorter days, and the shedding of multi-colored leaves from the trees signifies a changing of the seasonal guard. Gardeners across the country take precautions to protect their landscapes from the harsh reality of winter. Water features in the landscape require special consideration when putting your pond to bed for a long winter's nap. Pond maintenance chores in the fall and winter here are some basic guidelines to help your aquatic plants and finned friends weather the chill of Mother Nature. Following is a handy check list to help ensure a healthy pond come spring time.
Now that you've decided to dive into the world of water gardening, you're probably wondering exactly what you need to do to maintain you're new aquatic beauty, and keep it looking good.
Goldfish and koi hate wintertime more than we do. Neither species of fish are indigenous to North America, so in our colder climates, they merely “survive” winter. They don't flourish in it.
In the southern part of our country, the winters are pretty balmy and very little ice appears on the ponds. However, winter's effects on the fish seem to be the same whether the pond is merely icy, or completely iced over. Some important wintertime facts will help you guide your fish through winter and into a safe and healthy springtime.
There are certain things you should realize about winter so you can properly interpret certain events and conditions come spring.
How do I maintain the Oxygen in my pond during the Summer?
To optimize fish health during extreme heat, you’ll want to ensure your fish have the best pond environment possible. It all starts with a well-designed water feature. Depth, plant coverage, shade, and circulation should all be considered when building a pond. A minimum depth of two feet is suggested so the bottom can remain cooler.
You’ll also want to stock your pond with a lot of plants to provide shade for the fish. A good rule of thumb is to provide plant coverage of approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of the pond’s surface area. Waterlily pads provide great coverage, but if your pond lacks the proper amount, you can easily add floating plants such as water lettuce until the waterlilies fill in.
Now that winter is here, and all the leaves are on the ground, this would be a great time to remove your pond net. If you don't remove your nety, there is a good chance that it will get ruined. With the snow coming, you should shovel where you have your pond de-icer or aerator, because sometimes the snow will bridge over it and keep the gases trapped in the pond.
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