As spring arrives and offers some much-needed relief from the cold, it is important to note that this can be a difficult time for your backyard pond. As the season shifts and weather conditions change, your swim pond or ecosystem pond will require additional care to ensure that it stays healthy and clean. With so many elements to consider for your pond, it can be difficult to know if you have completed every task. That is why the pond experts at Fontana Ponds & Water Features have compiled some spring pond care tips to help you get your pond ready for warmer weather.
Learn why you should hire a professional to install your pond.
5 Pond Care Tasks to Complete for Spring
To help your pond recover from winter and stay healthy through spring, you will need to complete the following tasks:
1. Remove all Debris from Your Pond
Leaves, dead plants, and other debris can accumulate on your pond throughout winter. As this debris starts to decay, it will increase the nutrient levels in the pond and promote excessive algae growth. Use a skimmer to remove all debris from the surface of your pond and take the time to clean your filters as they can become clogged over time.
2. Confirm that Your Pond Pump is Functioning
The pump is the heart of your water feature. Without it, your pond will be far more vulnerable to excessive algae formations and murky water. That is why you should regularly check your pump to ensure that it is functioning properly and assess whether it needs any maintenance or repairs.
3. Check for Leaks or Other Signs of Damage
If you notice that your water level is significantly lower than it was before winter, you will need to check for leaks or other signs of damage to your pond liner, pump, and other components. Should any signs of damage be discovered, it is best to contact a professional to perform repairs.
4. Tend to Your Plants
Winter can be devastating for many aquatic plants. If some of your plants have died and need to be removed from your pond, be sure to replace them with a similar plant. This will help to ensure that your pond’s ecosystem remains balanced and stable. In some instances, you may need to manually add beneficial bacteria to minimize the risk of excess algae.
5. Ensure Your Fish Are Healthy
Though fish hibernate through most of winter, the season can still be demanding and potentially detrimental to their health. Check on your fish to ensure that they are healthy. While it may be tempting to feed your fish a lot of food to perk them up, this can be detrimental to their health and the balance of your pond. Be sure to only feed them what they need and nothing more.
To learn more about pond maintenance or to inquire about our water feature installation services, get in touch with the team at Fontana Ponds & Water Features. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our services or your project.