Spring Pond Maintenance
Spring pond maintenance is something every pond owner should be thinking about as the winter draws to a close. Fall and winter create a harsh pond environment at needs attention as soon as the weather starts to improve.
Start your springtime pond maintenance by thoroughly cleaning the bottom of your pond to get rid of decaying plant matter that can release toxins into the water and harm your fish. If needed add fresh water, but be sure to de-chlorinate it first – even small amounts of chlorine can be detrimental to fish and other aquatic wildlife.
Clean your pump and filter before new bacteria begin to grow. Be sure to rinse your filter thoroughly and clean out the stagnant water and debris that may have collected in the bottom of the filter box. Once water temperatures have reached at least 55 degrees, add new bacteria to your pond to help keep the water clean and clear.
Check for foliage damage around the border of your pond and trim back any dead or winter-damaged growth to ensure healthy, productive plants and to keep dead organic matter from falling to your pond. If you have water lilies that are several years old and producing smaller leaves and fewer blooms, this is a good time to divide them and replant. Spring is a great time to add new submerged plants to help them get established and provide improved habitat for your fish.
With just a little effort, your pond, waterscape, or water garden will be ready to provide beautiful and relaxing warm weather enjoyment for you and your family.
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