Warmer weather is on the horizon and it’s time to start thinking about your pond again. These maintenance tasks should be done while cleaning your pond and can help prevent future problems from arising throughout the summer months. Some pond owners enjoy performing their own maintenance, but you can always hire us to take care of it for you.
1. Clean your pond pump and make sure it’s in working order
The pump is the center of your water feature and needs to be working well to ensure your pond stays healthy. If you shut down your pond for the winter you will need to place the pump back in the skimmer and reconnect it. Check to make sure it isn’t making a funny noise and that the flow is consistent from last year.
2. Fix any leaks
Nobody wants to run a hose to their pond twice a week to replace lost water. The best time to fix a leak is when you clean your pond in the spring. That way you can rest easy through the summer.
3. Add plants to your pond
Since plants directly compete with algae for nutrients, they are the most important addition to the pond. Using a wide variety of plants will not only add to the natural look of a pond, but will also reduce algae growth.
4. Start using beneficial bacteria treatments
After refilling your pond this spring you can help kick-start its ecosystem by adding beneficial bacteria. Continuing to use beneficial bacteria throughout the season will help your pond combat any new algae blooms that may spring up. Use an automatic dosing system to avoid the hassle of consistently adding and choosing the correct water treatments for your water feature.
5. Do not overfeed your fish
Remember that you shouldn’t give your fish any more food than they can eat in five minutes. Fish food that is not eaten will add excess nutrients to the pond, and is the largest contributor to algae growth.
6. Consider adding something new to your feature
Spruce your feature up with new landscaping, add a fountain, add lighting, a new waterfall or change up some of the rock work! Check out our portfolio for some ideas of what you would like to see in your water feature.