Preparing Your Pond for Cooler Temperatures

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Winter Pond Lancaster, PA

Preparing for Cooler Temperatures

by: Aquascape

 

IN THE FALL, temperatures begin to drop around the country. Being prepared for every different season Mother Nature throws our way helps us help our ponds cope with the changes. Learn how to manage your pond in the chilly northern climate.
 

PONDERING IN THE NORTH

 

SUMMER IN MANY PARTS OF THE NORTH is just as warm as it is in the south. When fall comes knocking on our door, we usually welcome the crisp, cool air and beautiful fall foliage. Most however don’t welcome what follows fall … winter, snow, and cold! It’s the snow and cold that we need to prepare our ponds and fish for. What you do now, in the fall, will have an effect on the health and survival of your fish throughout the winter.

Leaves

When the leaves begin to fall and blow, cover the water’s surface with a net to catch them. The net discourages the debris build up on the pond bottom, which would otherwise decompose, create toxic gasses, and prove harmful to the fish during their hibernation period.

Pond Net

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Pond netting for fall pond close up installed in Lancaster, PA

Fish

Watch for the 55°F mark. Before that time, avoid missing any fish feedings because the fish are in the process of packing on nutrition, and getting ready to hibernate. But when the temp starts to regularly dip below 55°F, it’s a sure sign to stop feeding your fish because their metabolisms have slowed down to a point that they can no longer handle the nutrition safely.

Plants

At this time, dying foliage of your aquatic plants should be removed. This helps to minimize debris build up on the pond bottom. If you have potted tropical aquatic plants that you want to save for next season, this is the time to remove them from the pond, and take them indoors for the winter.

Read more: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/water-gardening/Preparing-for-Cooler-Temperatures

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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

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