Spring is here folks!
The snow is melting. The air smells different- moist, not dry. Menards has spring sales like patio furniture and seed starting kits on sale.
So we begin to think of our gardens, specifically our backyard ponds and waterfalls. You may ask, "When should I start up my pond?" After the snow is gone it seems natural to turn your pond pump on to get the water flowing again. But wait!
Do these three things first before starting your pond:
1. Check for ICE. in your pond.
Is the pump basket (skimmer basket) free of ice even at the bottom? If not, let it sit. Ice will prevent enough water from flowing around your pump, potentially burning it up. Purchasing a replacement pump is not a pretty way to start the gardening season.
Is the biofalls or waterfall area free of all ice?
Is the bog ice free?
2. Next, do a little clean up. Scoop dead leavers or rotten pond plants out. Clean the scum off the pond bottom by using a net or deep clean it with a power sprayer.
3. Check the temperature. Do not feed the fish until the water is at least 45/50 Fahrenheit. Koi fish don't really process the food until that water temperature is reached. Unprocessed food may sit in the stomach and rot. Protect your pond fish by holding off on the food! They will nibble on algae and floating debris if they need something.
That's it folks! Pond maintenance in spring is fairy simple. You can do this! And if you just don't want to, call to set up a maintenance check by our professional techicians. They can take care of the grunt work so you can Enjoy Your Pond!
Desert Steel also makes sculptures and unique firepits too. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting by a fire, unless its sitting by a fire next to your own pond!
Visit Desert Steel for more information or great pictures. (They did not ask me to write this post. I chose to showcase their work because it is beautiful and well done and think you would like it, too.)
Jeff Chudek has been building ponds and waterfalls professionally since 2005. As a kid, his favorite time of year was spring, because the spring thaw created so much mud and puddles, and all the trees and plants were waking up. He loves figuring out the best way to use something, and fixing things that are broken. He's good at coming up with ideas, and helping choose the best idea for you.