Winterizing Your Pond


Article by: Brett Fogle

For many parts of the country, it's getting to be that time of year again. Time to start thinking about getting your fish , Compost Tumblers - Gardeners Love Them and plants , Bamboo Information and Care ready for old man winter. , Koi Pond Aeration ..

Every year, as the weather , How To Use Feng Shui Oustside Your Home gets colder and we start heading into winter, , Lawn Mower Racing many of our customers ask us how to , Solar Outdoor Lighting prepare their ponds , Abatement Failure and Aborting Protocols for winter. , How to Grow Ornamental Grasses Pond , Hurricane Landscaping Considerations owners should be aware of several simple things to do in preparing their ponds , Learn About Herb Gardening - Get the Natural Facts! for colder months.

Fish and plants , Solar Outdoor Lighting need very different things in the winter, , Backpack Blowers but can be kept in top condition for the following season , How To Choose a Storage Shed if the appropriate steps are taken (see related articles).

Fish should be fed less, floating annuals , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio should be thrown out, potted hardy plants , Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) 'White Ball' should be cut down and moved to the bottom of the pond, , Abatement Failure and Aborting Protocols filters should be cleaned & drained, and pumps , Lattice Patio Covers shut off.

Another good practice that we recommend is to do a partial pond , Home and Garden Decor Needs cleaning and water , Solar Outdoor Lighting change. It's not necessary to drain the pond , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio completely, but we recommend draining 25% - 50% of the water , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 3) Lighting and net out or remove as much organic , Five Quick Tips to Get Your Kids Gardening debris as possible (IE: leaves, plants, , Hurricane Landscaping Considerations etc.)

The reason for this is because rotting leaves, dead plant , Abatement Failure and Aborting Protocols material, and other organic , Lawn Mower Racing wastes will give off toxic gasses as they decay during the winter. , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil This can be especially dangerous if the pond , Flower Meanings is allowed to freeze over.

A thick layer of ice can easily form over the pond , The history of the gnome. in sub-freezing temperatures, , Lattice Patio Covers which can prevent these gasses from escaping from the pond. , Backyard s If allowed to build up, your fish , Tulip Bulbs - Fall is the Time to Prepare the Perfect Spring Flower Garden will suffer. The most likely result will be a weakened immune system, and a more vulnerable fish , Patio Accessories - Complete The Great Outdoors you will have come spring , Solar Outdoor Lighting time.

Anything you can do to reduce stress on your fish , Bamboo Plant Information and Care prior to and during winter, , How To Design And Build A Fish Pond will pay off handsomely in the Spring. , Koi Pond Aeration Your fish , Winterizing Your Pond will be much more vibrant and healthy. , Step by Step 'Leaf' Stepping Stones

Another important reason not to let your pond , The History of the Gnome ice-over is because the oxygen levels in the pond water , A Quick Guide To Yard Bridges can drop to dangerous levels. By keeping the pond , How to Grow African Violets surface from freezing over, or by at least keeping a 2' - 3' hole in the ice, you can eliminate or greatly reduce these dangers.

Oxygen levels should be maintained during winter , Gardening - What are Annuals and Biennials? if at all possible. If you have a standard aquarium air , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 3) Lighting pump - plug it in outside , Lawn Mower Racing and let it run all winter. , Daylily "Red Hot Returns"

We also recommend maintaining your salt levels during winter. , Flower Meanings This keeps your fish's slime coat strong, and immune systems strong all winter , Backyard Ponds long!
About The Author

Brett Fogle is the owner of MacArthur Water Gardens , The history of the gnome. and several pond-related websites including and He also publishes a free monthly newsletter called PondStuff! with a reader circulation of over 9,000 pond , Wind Chimes Soothe The Soul owners. To sign up for the free newsletter and receive a complimentary 'New Pond , Flower Meanings Owners Guide' for joining, just visit MacArthur Water Gardens , The history of the gnome. at our website.

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