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”.
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.
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.
You might be asking yourself, Don’t you explore a pond when you clean it normally? What’s the difference? We typically perform an Exploratory Drain and Clean when the pond owner is unfamiliar with the pond and its elements or the pond hasn’t been maintained in several years.
The initial steps are very similar to our Complete Cleanout process. The crew will begin by removing aquatic life and draining the pond.
A well-balanced pond usually requires minimal effort to maintain, although it does need cleaned periodically. There are two main reasons for cleaning your pond; biological and aesthetic.
Below are some signals that your pond might need to be cleaned. If you decide your pond needs attention you can contact us here.
BioFalls is a type of Biological Filtering system that provides a home for beneficial bacteria to grow and flourish. The bacteria is what works to breakdown and remove harmful waste from your pond’s water using a natural process called “Bio-Filtration”.
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.
A pond is a perfect way of adding beauty to any outdoor space. It does require some effort however. The secret is, if you take proper care of your pond from the beginning, you can avoid issues from cropping up in the future.