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The leaves are just starting to fall..I see netting for water gardens to keep the leaves out, do they make anything like this for large ponds? | Pond & Lake Q&A


The leaves are just starting to fall..I see netting for water gardens to keep the leaves out, do they make anything like this for large ponds?

The leaves are just starting to fall..I see netting for water gardens to keep the leaves out, do they make anything like this for large ponds?

Bryan – Traverse City, MI

When fall comes around, leaves and ponds seem to have a magnetic attraction to one another. And while netting is available in essentially any size you might need, it’s a cumbersome solution for larger ponds. Simply spreading the netting over a large pond is a major undertaking – and the impracticality of installing posts throughout your pond to keep leaf-covered netting from sinking makes other solutions look much more attractive.

At The Pond Guy, we strongly recommend aeration and chemical treatments to address inevitable leaf buildup for customers with large ponds. When you browse our web site, you’ll notice a wide range of Airmax® Aeration products. These aeration systems enable the pond to break down leaves quickly and naturally by keeping pond water moving – and the entire pond well oxygenated. When coupled with the beneficial bacteria in Pond Logic® PondClear™ Pond Logic® EcoBoost™ and Pond Logic® MuckAway™, fallen leaves break down in no time to keep water clear, and both fish and plants healthy.

As an added measure in the fight against falling leaves and debris, you should also consider the use of a pond rake. With the regular use of our Airmax® Pond & Beach Rake, you can easily remove excessive leaves and debris in no time flat.

Pond Talk: How do you keep fall leaves from accumulating in your pond?

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2 Responses

  1. Several years ago when I was employed with the US Forest Service in fire control, some ofthe fire tankers had a pump that had no moving parts but worked like a jet siphon pump. This pump was inserted in your hose line and then put in a pond, stream or other water supply. When you would put the water through it, it would pick up either one gallon for every two or two gallons for every one gallon that went through it. Do you know anything about these pumps and what would you think about putting one of these in a pond and then having the outlet come up and out a fountain to recirculate and aireate your pond water?
    Thanks for any info and help you can give. I’m sorry, but I dont remember the name of the pump.
    Louis

    • Hi Louis,

      I’m not exactly sure of the type of pump you are referring to. There are many pumps that can throw the water up and create splash on the surface but the effectivness depends on the size of pump and the amount of water it can move. Most fountains considered good for aerating shallow ponds move several hundred gallons per minute. These type of fountain provide some aeration as well as a full decorative spray. If you are concentrating mostly on the aeration aspect I would also reccomend looking at the diffused aeration systems. Though they do not have the showy display they provide even better circulation for the pond.

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