The holidays are approaching. That means winter is, too.
What should you do about your pond? How do you prepare a pond for winter? It’s important to take a few steps to make sure this feature is ready to face cooler temperatures.
Here’s what to do to your pond before winter starts:
- Remove netting: To start the process of winterization, remove any pond netting. Store the netting indoors in a dry location.
- Shut down: After you have removed the netting, shut down your pond for the winter.
- Access the pump and filter: If you have a waterfall and skimmer, disconnect the pump, and check the valve. This will allow them to drain for the winter. If you have in-pond filtration or UV or ion clarifiers for your pond, disconnect these from the plumbing to drain the water.
- Lower the water level: Once you have disconnected the pump and filtration systems, lower the pond level for the winter. Use a submersible pump and drain hose for this task. Drain enough water so the level is below the opening of the skimmer.
- Empty the skimmer box: If your pond has a skimmer, drain water from the skimmer and waterfall boxes. If any water remains in these features and temperatures drop below freezing, the water may freeze and cause damage to the skimmer box.
- Clean components: Clean the bio balls and filter media pads in the skimmer, waterfall box and filters. Check these components for wear and tear, and note any items you will need to replace in the spring when you’re ready to refresh your pond for the season.
- Disassemble UV clarifiers: Disassemble UV clarifier units. Use a soft cloth and descaler to clean the quartz sleeve. Replace the bulb now, or make note to purchase a new one in the spring.
- Clean the pump: Remove debris from the pump. Inspect the pump for any damage. If everything looks good for the next season, store the pump indoors in a bucket of water for the winter. This will prevent the seals from drying out while not in use.
- Trim landscaping: Prune any aquatic plants that will be out of bloom for the season. Cut them to just above the soil. For potted plants, you may need to move the pot to the bottom of the pond or bring them indoors for the season to protect them from freezing temperatures.
- Remove debris: Clean the pond and stream of any debris. For hard-to-reach items, you may need a specialty vacuum. Contact your local pond supply experts for a complete line of cleaning supplies. These specialists can also give you more tips on what to do to your pond before winter starts.
- Switch fish food: Change your fish diet to wheatgerm-based food for the winter. Wheatgerm food is easier for the fish to digest during cooler temperatures. If the water temperature drops to below 50°F, feed the fish just three times per week.
- Add winter defense: Seasonal defense products will break down any debris that remains in the pond during winter and keep your feature in good shape until spring. Consult with your pond supply experts to determine which product would be best for your setting.
For more insights into what to do to your pond before winter starts, contact the professionals at Arizona Pool & Pond Company. We offer top products and services to keep your pond in great shape season after season.