This is part of a 3 part series on getting your pond ready for winter.
Preparing your pond for the fall and winter months is as essential as opening the pond in the spring. We call this the Big Fall Clean-up. The best time to clean the pond is before temperatures fall below 50°F, while fish are still active and will not sustain injury during the cleaning.
Cleaning the pond…
It is good to scoop out as much of the leaves and sludge as possible before winter. You may want to pump some of the water out of the pond to expose the planting shelves around the pond periphery. This will make it easier to hand-remove leaves that have adhered themselves to the pond edges and shelves. Using a hose nozzle, blast off the accumulated debris and sludge around the pond shelves and edges, and then remove remaining debris with a pond net or pond vacuum. When replacing the water, be sure to treat the chlorine and chloramines with a water treatment product like the one pictured to the right.