Ponds are lovely backyard additions that add plenty of nature and mystery for the kids to explore. Not only that, but it also makes a great feature to your garden that your guests will love. However, taking care of a pond can be quite a tricky task, and if the landscaping task to install it wasn’t enough, then you’re going to surprised at the amount of work that goes into maintaining it.
So to give you a hand, here are some seasonal tips to help you keep your pond looking healthy all throughout the year.
As the winter ends and the water starts to warm up, your life will revitalise itself and you need to act quickly in order to get the most out of your investment. Switch back to regular food for your fish and make sure all the debris that has fallen into the pond is removed. Make sure you use pond filters to keep your fish and plants healthy as well because the last thing you want is to clog up the pond with dirt and grime after looking after it the entire winter. Add new plants if needed and if needed, scoop out the fish with a net so that you can clean out the water properly
Summer isn’t much different from spring. Make sure you continue to feed your fish but don’t overfeed them. Ideally, you should be giving them food anywhere from 2-3 times a day, and continue to filter out any gunk in the water as well as keeping it clean and skimming the surface of any debris that may have fallen in. If needed, consider using an air pump because the warmer the water is, the less oxygen it holds and your fish will need oxygen to continue living in the warmer conditions. Summertime requires the least effort when maintaining your pond, so sit back and enjoy your work.
This is when it starts to get tough. When trees start to shed more leaves and the weather gets a little colder, you’re going to be spending most of your time skimming the surface of debris. However, if your pond is in close proximity to trees, then you may want to consider installing an overhead leaf net to reduce the amount of maintenance it requires. As the water cools down, your fish’s metabolism will also slowly decrease, resulting in less feed needed.
Here’s the toughest part. Make sure you remove any dead and wilting plants so they don’t have a chance to decay in the water. If anything decomposes inside the pond, it can actually produce gas which is toxic to the fish. Ice can also be a problem, so do your best to leave some area for the fish to breath. If the pond starts to freeze over, then use a de-icer instead of slamming the ice to crack it. The shockwaves can easily kill the fish if you aren’t careful, so use gentle methods such as a de-icer or slowly heating the surface so it melts back into the water.
Tell me the truth do you work this hard on your garden???