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.
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”.
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.
Have you ever had to ask yourself “Did I add a scoop of beneficial bacteria to the pond this week?”
Are you afraid of adding beneficial bacteria because you don’t want to add too much or too little?
Maybe you didn’t even know that you should be adding at least beneficial bacteria to your pond weekly.
Sadly, many new pond customers we meet don’t know about the benefit of adding a quality beneficial bacteria and other water treatments to their pond
If you have ever owned a backyard pond then you probably know about string algea. It’s the hairy green mess that grows on your water falls, down your stream and in your pond. Instead of sitting out on the patio and enjoying your pond, your time is spent walking around and pulling this slimy muck out. Or perhaps adding algaecides weekly to keep it from taking over your pond.
We often get phone calls from customer making one simple statement; “I think my pond leaking.” If you have made this call to Damascus Enterprises, then you have either heard or seen this process done before.
Before you Suspect a Leak
If your pond is losing water slowly over time, say an inch every day or every few days, depending on how big your pond is, it could be evaporation. Water is naturally evaporating from your pond every day. How quickly it evaporates is largely dependent on how much water is being circulated through the water feature each hour.