Tips on Preparing your Backyard Pond for Fall

Great Lakes Pondscapes knows the importance of teaching our customers how to maintain their backyard ponds through every season to keep them in prime condition. Once a pond is installed, you can’t just leave it how it is without proper cleaning during seasonal changes. Heading into Fall and Winter are some of the most crucial times to check that your backyard pond is working to its full potential, this includes removing debris periodically, making sure your fish are healthy, and keeping your aquatic plants alive.

Remove Debris

To hinder leaves and debris from falling into your pond, you can install a pond net over the water. If you don’t install netting, you can use a long-handled pond net to scoop out the leaves. You need to remove debris from the bottom of the pond because if you have fish, the decomposed buildup can be detrimental to their health. It also makes for less cleanup come Spring. Another method of removal is to trim dead or dying foliage prior to them falling in the water. This gets rid of an additional excess organic debris that you no longer have to worry about dropping and decomposing in your pond.

Ensure Healthy Fish

You will need to make sure that your fish are in good condition to hibernate. When water temperatures go below 60 degrees, metabolism and digestion of your fish begin to slow. Stop feeding your fish when the temperature goes below 50 degrees F° and stock deicer product. You will need to have deicer because the gases produced by decomposing organic material are toxic to fish when they are trapped under ice. De-icer keeps some of the ice open, allowing the gases to escape.

Another great way to ensure healthy fish through the winter months is to add cold water bacteria. This bacterium contains concentrated strains of beneficial bacteria designed to work in temperatures lower than 50 degrees. It helps to keep your fish safe when they are hibernating, and it will reduce spring maintenance by digesting debris that accumulate over the winter months.

Aquatic Plants

Don’t forget to prune your aquatic plants and remove dead stems and leaves to prevent decay in the water during the winter months. If you have hardy plants, it is okay to leave them in, but for more delicate plants like water hyacinths and tropical lilies, you can remove them from the water and store them indoors until Spring.

If you have any questions about preparing your backyard pond for seasonal changes, contact Great Lakes Pondscapes to have them answered!