Winter weather in the Mid-Atlantic region can be quite unpredictable. Some years can be mild with no snow and spring-like days and some years we can experience frigid temperatures that last for weeks. Its during those extended periods of cold temperatures that you may find yourself wondering about the safety of your fish and the possibility of your pond freezing completely.
There is a long-standing debate between pond owners about whether or not to have rocks in your pond. On one side you will find the group who argue that having rocks and gravel on the bottom of a pond will harm the fish and cause poor water quality.
During the cold winter months, it’s especially important to keep an eye on your ponds water level. As layers of ice form water levels begin to drop. Levels can be checked at the skimmer box or along the pond’s edge.
- The water level dropping too low can result in your pump “sucking air” instead of water.
- This can cause the pump to eventually burn out and stop working.
Another way your pond can lose water is around the waterfall. If ice formations grow they can sometimes begin to divert water out of your pond. If you notice this happening, you can pour warm water over the formation to melt it..
You may be excited or even feel a sense of awe, the first time you see a deer in your yard.
They can be beautiful, however…
As pretty as they are to look at unfortunately, deer can quickly decimate decorative trees and shrubs. Vegetable gardens and fruit trees are especially vulnerable. Not only can they be
As we head into the winter months a common question customers typically ask is “What is the best option to keep a hole in the ice on my pond”.
As snow, ice, and cold winds are headed our way our autumn jackets change to heavy winter coats, but what do frogs do to stay alive during the winter months? A common theory we hear is that they burrow into the mud on the bottom of streams and ponds, but that’s not entirely true.
With cold weather approaching there are a few maintenance changes that every pond owner should keep in mind. It may sound like there is a lot more work during the winter, but there really isn’t. There will simply be a different way to maintain your pond during the approaching colder months that, if done correctly, will give you a nearly maintenance free winter.
How do I winterize My Pondless Water Feature?
Depending on what type of feature you own, winterization may not be needed. Some things to keep in mind when making the decision about whether or not to keep your feature running all winter long.
Here are some things that you can do to keep your water garden looking good during the Fall season.
- Stop fertilizing your aquatic plants when the weather becomes cooler. This lets the plants know the season is coming to an end.
- You may begin to notice an increasing number of yellow leaves this time of year, its ok to prune them off. Just be sure to trim the dying foliage to 2” above the water level. Your lilies - tropical and hardy - should still be going strong, at least until the first heavy frost.
Water features are a great way to experience the many benefits of the waterscape lifestyle. Including personalizing your outdoor living space and providing a place that wildlife will love. Determining which type of water feature you will have is the first step in designing your backyard oasis. If you’ve done any amount of research than you may have already discovered there are a multitude of different types of water features.