The Big Fall Pond Clean-up – Part II

Next, follow our Fall Prep Checklist:
Cut back dead or dying aquatic plant foliage during the fall.
Purchase a wheat-germ-based pond food developed especially for a fall diet.
Disconnect the pump, filter and UV clarifier before water freezes. (Make sure that no water is left inside the device. Ice can damage the equipment.)
Store UV clarifier indoors for protection.
Store filters indoors (if manufacturer’s directions suggest).
Sink a few clay pots or weighted-down, clean buckets into the pond to provide refuge (in place of the protective plant cover that will disappear). Frogs who have taken up residence in your garden will also benefit from a place to hibernate.
Some breeds of fish are especially sensitive to the cold, like Fancy Goldfish. Bring them indoors.
Purchase or have the pond de-icer ready for installation before your pond surface freezes completely.
Sit back and enjoy the changes your pond will undergo.
This is the 2nd article in a 3-part series on getting your pond ready for winter.

Follow this Fall Prep Checklist

  • Cut back dead or dying aquatic plant foliage during the fall.
  • Purchase a wheat-germ-based pond food developed especially for a fall diet.
  • Disconnect the pump, filter and UV clarifier before water freezes. (Make sure that no water is left inside the device. Ice can damage the equipment.)
  • Store UV clarifier indoors for protection.
  • Store filters indoors (if manufacturer’s directions suggest).
  • Sink a few clay pots or weighted-down, clean buckets into the pond to provide refuge (in place of the protective plant cover that will disappear). Frogs who have taken up residence in your garden will also benefit from a place to hibernate.
  • Some breeds of fish are especially sensitive to the cold, like Fancy Goldfish.  Bring them indoors.
  • Purchase or have the pond de-icer ready for installation before your pond surface freezes completely.
  • Sit back and enjoy the changes your pond will undergo.