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Keeping Leaves Out of Your Water Garden with Pond Netting – Water Garden Q & A

Picture of Pond Netting Over a Water Garden.

Q: My water garden is placed by a tree and a ton of leaves collect in my water garden. It is a real pain cleaning the pond out at the end of the year. What can I do to prevent leaves from coming in? – Matt of Pennsylvania

A: This is definitely an issue that should be addressed. By preventing leaves from entering the pond, you will help reduce the “muck” build-up, allowing for less pond maintenance.

Using Pond Netting to Keep the Leaves Out: A simple solution to keeping leaves out is to place a pond netting over your water garden. Most pond netting will come with their own stakes that can be used to keep the net in place. This is by far the best and easiest way to accomplish this.

2 Responses

  1. Randall Morse,

    You may disrupt pond life by removing the leaves off the bottom of the water garden, but to do a spring or fall clean-out is very normal. Even though some of the pond life will get disrupted, you can be assured that your water garden will still be full of life come next season.

    Having an abundance of leaves and muck on the bottom is a food source for algae. By removing as much as you can before winter, this will help keep the early spring algae blooms to a minimum.

  2. I don’t want to use netting. Usually I remove floating leaves on a regular basis. I had been letting the “sinkers” just go to the bottom. Now I plan on raking them off the bottom after the leaves have all fallen. Will this disrupt hybernating frogs and other pond life? Will I disrupt the bottom too much that will cause unforseen problems? My pond is pretty small and no more than ~4′ deep.

    Your comments will be appreciated.

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