Cleaning Tips For Your Garden Pond
As your garden pond begins to attract new life in the form of insects, fish and birds, it will turn into a small ecosystem capable of sustaining itself. However, to ensure that the wildlife in and around your pond thrive, you’ll need to keep it fit for living, feeding and breeding. As beautiful as they are, garden ponds require maintenance to look their best, and although cleaning out a pond isn’t rocket science, doing it properly will make the process go much more smoothly, especially if plants or fish call your pond home. Here are some cleaning tips for a garden pond. When temperatures are below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, grab your pond cleaning tools and get ready to get dirty. You may be able to get away with a quick debris removal using a pool net, but if the pond is very dirty, you’ll need to remove most of the water as well. Drain or siphon it into a large container, like a plastic trash can. When less than six inches of water remains, dip the fish out of the pond and into the water holding tank. Cover the container with a net so the fish don’t jump out and predators don’t find their way in. Remove any plants to a shaded, moist area to prevent stress as you clean the pond.
Once the pond is as empty as you can get it, rinse the pond walls thoroughly and scoop out any accumulated muck, dumping it into your compost bin or garbage. As soon as the pond is cleaned out, refill it slowly over several hours to help keep the water temperature as high as possible. Adding pond enzymes at this time can help break down small amounts of remaining debris and dechlorinators will make the water safe for your pond residents. Replace the plants and fish when the water levels are close to normal and the temperature is within about five degrees of the water when you removed it. Replacing some of the missing water with that from the holding tank will help speed up the re-establishment of helpful bacterial colonies and other microscopic organisms.