Q: What can I do now to get my pond ready for the Winter? – Linda of Kentucky
A: Get Your Pond Ready for the Winter Months
As our warm summer months come to an end; I receive many questions regarding “pond winterizing”. Winterizing your pond is an important step to ensure a safe and healthy start-up next Spring. Here are a couple easy tips you can use this fall to help you on your way.
1. General Clean Up Tips: Set aside a few hours to do some picking up around your pond. Clean the inlets or outlets of any debris that may have fallen in and rake out sticks or brush that may have fallen into the pond. If debris are left in the pond to decompose, they will contribute to the build up of nutrients and muck. Adding Pond Dye PLUS 2 in 1 Natural Bacteria with Pond Dye is a great way to help to reduce the nutrient load and muck levels in the pond as well as shading your pond a beautiful blue color. Keep applying Pond Dye PLUS until the water temperature drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. A Final Pond Treatment: Treat any remaining algae or pondweeds using Algae Defense® or Ultra PondWeed Defense® respectively one more time before winter. This will make for a much cleaner pond in the Spring. You will also want to use these last few months to get a handle on emergent weeds such as cattails, lilies or grasses; Shoreline Defense® & Treatment Booster™ PLUS Combo is perfect for this. When vegetation naturally dies off under the icecap – oxygen is depleted from the water column and remember that this will only contribute to a winter fish kill.
Just doing these basic tips will help ensure a cleaner, healthier pond in the Spring.