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Getting Your Pond Ready in the Fall for Winter – Pond & Lake Q & A


Picture of a Pond in Fall.

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-Clear 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 Clear until the water temperature drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. A Final Pond Treatment: Treat any remaining algae or pondweeds using Algae Defense or 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; Avocet and Cide-Kick are 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.

5 Responses

  1. I just cleaned all the plants out of my pond and removed all leaves . I also drained all water and ran it through a fine fiilter then put it back in. Ialso covered the pond witha net to keep out the leaves from a tree that is about ten feet away THIS IS MY FIRST POND SO I GOT A LITTLE CARRIED AWAY .WILL THIS CAUSE ANY PROBLEMS DURING THE WINTER THAT MIGHT KILL MY FISH

    • Hi Gary,

      Cleaning the debris out of your pond before winter is exactly what you want to do. As organic matters decompose, they produce toxic gases. Normally these gases will escape out the pond’s surface, but if your pond freezes over in the winter, they will stay in the water column and could eventually kill your fish. It is important to keep a hole in the ice so these toxic gases may escape. You can do this by either running a pond aerator or floating a pond de-icer. If your water temperature is below 55 degrees, adding our Seasonal Defense®, will accelerate the decomposition of any scum or sediment during the fall and winter months; in spring it will give you a jump start on getting your pond back on track.

  2. i need to know what to do w/my waterfall to i kee it running ???? my water looks muddy what do i do no lants in there onless they have the water potting soil what can i do i have all ur product but nothing helps thank u have a g’day

    • Hey Nancy,

      Couple questions for you to help me understand your situation.

      1.) You say you have muddy water. Is it brown? is it green water? or just muddy?

      2.) What is the approximate length, width and depth of your pond?

      3.) Do you have fish? If so, what kind and how many?

      4.) It sounds like you don’t have any plants, any reason why?

      Get back to me with this questions answered and I will just and better diagnose the situation. Thanks!

    • Nancy, If the floating debris is from fish waste or dead material, a natural bacteria will break it down. If the floating debris is from potting soil or dirt that has washed into the pond, then physical removal will be the only way to remove it from the pond. Have you ever done a pond clean out? Also do you wash your filters often? If so, you may be washing out your beneficial bacteria — meaning nothing is actually being filtered from the pond.

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