Whether you keep your pond running during the winter is up to you and where you live.
If youâ€™re used to mild winters, pond maintenance is not really an issue. You continue to do what you do. If your winters are harsh, you understand the important of winterizing your pond.
With more than 12 years of experience in the pond, pumping and fountain industry, we at Nashville Pond like to help our clients and readers of this blog with all things related to the pond. As we move into the winter, consider these tips for winterizing your pond.
Continue to Use Your Aerator
Aeration can help your pond survive the winter months. Air and oxygen are important to the life of your pond year round. Air needs to be added to the pond, especially if you have fish. Aeration also keeps the water moving which slows the freezing. The air bubbles help to keep a section of your pond free of ice and many continue to use their aerators just for this reason.
Trim Your Plants
Be sure to trim your plants during the winter months. As leaves drop and plants go dormant, donâ€™t allow the debris to collect in your pond as it could eventually cause damage. Take care to check it regularly during the winter. Some pond owners install a net over their pond to prevent debris from collecting there.
Feed Your Fish Less
If you have koi or other fish, youâ€™ll want to decrease the amount of food youâ€™re feeding them during the dormant season. During the winter months, fish are not as active and donâ€™t need as much food. And less food means less waste that is being released back into the pond.
Some pond owners just shut their ponds down during the winter months. But thatâ€™s really up to the individual pond owner.
What do you think about these tips? What kind of winter pond tips do you have to share? Comment below. Weâ€™d love to hear from you!
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â€” Nashville Pond (@NashvillePond) December 18, 2015