For many people, fall is the best time of the year. The weather begins to cool, the trees are turning all different colors, and the holiday season is just around the corner. Fall brings its own seasonal maintenance for pond owners. Cooler weather requires adjustments to fish and plant care, and all those beautiful leaves end up falling to the ground – and into the pond. Here are 4 simple tips on how to best maintain your pond filters and pumps this fall.
Of course, it’s right there in the name – fall means falling leaves, and if you don’t do anything to stop them, those leaves will end up clogging your pond’s pump and filter. Installing leaf netting over the pond can keep unwanted debris away from the water. Or, if you don’t like the look of having a net over your pond, you can use a pond vacuum or a net to manually remove any fallen leaves
If you have fish in your pond, they were likely ravenous all summer long. But don’t keep the same feeding schedule during the fall! Overfeeding will just create excess waste that can overload pond pumps and make your fish sick. When the water temperature dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, most fish stop eating altogether.
The trees around your pond aren’t the only source of dead leaf debris. As fall progresses, many aquatic plants will begin showing dead foliage as well. Keep an eye on any plants in your pond, and remove dead leaves before they drop off the plant and into the water, where they will decay and clog the pond pumps.
Towards the late fall, when the season is getting ready to transition into winter, temperatures may drop. Monitoring the temperature of the water is vital during this period if you keep your water pumps running throughout the season. If you live in an area that experiences cold winters, you’ll want to be prepared to turn off your water pump when the time comes (you don’t want to circulate water when temperatures drop below 30 degrees.)
Take time this month to make sure your pond is prepared for colder weather. Preparation now will make maintenance of pond pumps and filters much easier throughout fall and winter.
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