POND WINTERIZATION, HOW TO WINTERIZE YOUR KOI POND AND WATER GARDEN

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: November 8th, 2009 | No Comments on POND WINTERIZATION, HOW TO WINTERIZE YOUR KOI POND AND WATER GARDEN | In: AQUATIC PLANTS, KOI PONDS, POND FISH, POND MAINTENANCE, WATER GARDENS

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Labor Day weekend, the last hurrah for summer, and all our thoughts go back to…everything and everything is coming like a freight train. Back-to-school, kids sports programs, the holidays just WEEKS away, and time to winterize the pond. No, not exactly time to say goodbye to the pond yet, but we all know that the time is drawing near where for a few months here in the northeast our ponds becomes just something pretty look at. A nice waterfall running with a snowy scene behind it.

But before all that hits, there is still some work to be done as our insurance investment to be enjoyed just a few months away; it is kind of a maintenance 3-month CD. Try to winterize your pond before the leaves all really come down, say late October, here is a quick check list to follow, but of course, do what needs to be done specifically for your pond! These are just some suggestions.

 

  • Remove excess debris from the inside of the pond
  • Remove floating tropical pond plants
  • Cut back your hardy aquatic plants
  • Clean thoroughly the pond’s filter system
  • Disconnect and remove your seasonal equipment (i.e. UV sterilizer)
  • Add a cold water beneficial pond bacteria charge
  • Get your aerator or de-icer staged and be sure it is still working ok
  • Check out all your fish very closely, make note of anything unusual
  • Switch to “Fall Blend” fish food
  • Cover your pond with netting to protect from heavy leaf fall

 

These are just some general guidelines to prepare your pond to winter successfully. You will have to know your pond and do what needs to be done specifically for your pond and your area, winterizing an Arizona pond is different from winterizing a New Jersey pond. Remember too that there are pond service professionals, many of them certified, that offer these and other pond services at usually very agreeable prices and can usually be found in your area with a quick Google search. Feel free to call Full service Aquatics to schedule your pond winterization service, or for free advice.

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Written by Mike Gannon

Mike Gannon

The LOVEYOURPOND Blog is written by Mike Gannon of Full Service Aquatics located in Summit, NJ. Mike is an award winning pond, water garden, and water feature builder. Always “In The Pursuit Of All Things Aquatic” Mike has been a lifelong hobbyist and providing professional services since 1995. Mike is the creator of The Pond Hunter video series seen on Youtube and has made several television appearances on Networks such as HGTV and the DIY Network. He also hosts the Pond Hunter Radio Broadcast, a show on everything aquatic, every other Wednesday at 8pm EST. You can see what else Mike is up to at the following sites:


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