This is the time of year when you need to make a decision about your water feature. Should you shut your pond down or leave your pond running through the winter?
Ponds in Winter
Option #1: Keep Your Pond Running
A pond can be a beautiful addition to your winter landscape. The waterfalls create beautiful ice sculptures, as well as create a natural water hole for wildlife. If you choose to keep your pond running, please keep these factors in mind:
* You must stay aware of your pond, although the weather may not be very inviting.
* Do not keep the pond running if you out of town for long periods of time.
* You may need to add water periodically since water is lost during ice formation.
* Due to power outages, if a pump is off for a significant period of time during freezing temperatures, it will not be able to start and will need to be unplugged and disconnected if possible.
* Once the lines are frozen, you can’t turn your pond back on until it thaws, which is usually in spring.
* If you have a large pond, you may still require a small pump or heater near the skimmer opening.
Option #2: Shut Your Pond Down
Most people prefer to stay warm, giving up their waterfall until the spring thaw. If you choose to shut your pond down, just follow these simple steps.
* Most pond owners shut their ponds down in the middle to end of November after most of the leaves have fallen.
* Remove as much debris as you can from the pond.
* Cut back the lilies and any marginal plants.
* Store the pump in a bucket of water inside. You can clean out the biological filter and filter media if you choose. (You can wait for spring to do this also.)
* If you have fish, install an air bubbler or water pump (Aquascape’s AquaForce 1000 is suggested). You can use a bubbler alone or in conjunction with a floating heater. Place the bubbler on a shelf just above the deepest area. The discharge pipe (don’t put on a fountain head) should be submerged just under the water’s surface.
* If you choose to use a heater, place far enough away from the bubbler that it is not getting hit by water.
* Be sure the skimmer and biological filter are cleaned out before turning them on again in the spring.
Author: Bobby Kenyon
Bobby Kenyon is the Creative Solutions Guru for C.E. Pontz Sons who has over a decade plus experience in the Landscape & Water Garden industry . He enjoys long walks on the beach and grocery shopping but has a strong dislike for regular cake and non brand name paper towels