WATER GARDEN MAINTENANCE
If you are a
gardener, the pond will be your favorite part of the garden
to tend. It typically takes less time and effort than a
perennial or vegetable plot and the results will make you
want to linger at the water’s edge! (pun intended)
to turn off your pump whenever you
service your pond - you do not want to expose it to debris
while you are cleaning screens and filters! This will extend
the life the pump. Leave it off while you dose beneficial
bacteria and trim plants...and
don’t forget to turn pumps on when you have finished!
A COUPLE OF LAST NOTES...
Below is a short list of supplies and consumables to keep on hand:
Dechlorinator- Keep enough on hand to treat your full pond
Beneficial Bacteria- Dose regularly to reduce sludge build-up
Test Kits- Buy new each spring for best readings
Aquatic Fertilizer- Your plants will love you
Fish Food- Your fish will love you
Barley Extract or Pellets- They help minimize algae
We have found that routine maintenance of water gardens can eliminate (or at least minimize) the need for full pond cleanings. Draining and cleaning out a neglected pond is a mucky and stressful task for you, your plants and your fish and...it takes a while for all to recoup and balance out again.
If you must do a full pond clean-out, try to plan it for late fall / early winter after the leaves have fallen and while your fish are still strong and healthy.
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