Steps for Springing Your Pond to Life
a long cold winter there are a few things that you should do before putting
your pond back into service.
Take a careful look around your pond. Make sure there has been no winter
damage to the pond or any of the components. Repair or replace as necessary.
No matter how much preparation you have done, winter has likely left
the pond in less than perfect condition. Even with leaf netting, you
probably have had a few leaves settle to the pond bottom. Any plants
that were not completely cut back will usually leave a settlement of
organics in the pond bottom. Manually
scoop out as much of this as possible or use a pond
vacuum if you have one.
You can also use our Natural Bacteria & Enzyme products such as
Lift Sludge Away, or Pond-Zyme with Barley. Use these products on a regular schedule throughout the year
for a healthier pond.
If your pump has been off for the winter, spring is the time to start
it back up. Most people do this when the water temperature increases
to around 50 degrees. Do not start the pump and then leave. Start the
pump back up when you will be spending time around the house for several
hours. This way you can keep an eye on everything and make sure that
all the water is still going where you want it to go (back in the pond).
If the pump and filter system has not been running for awhile, you will
want to give your filter media a thorough cleaning prior to starting
the system backup. Next, or if your pump has run all winter, it is time
to give the bacterial colonies a boost. There are many products that
accomplish this like Microbe
Lift PL, or NiteOut.
the pond water again. Of particular importance are ammonia and nitrite
levels. Both of these should be zero. Perform partial water changes
if either test gives a reading other than zero.
Spring is the time of year when fish are most susceptible to
developing health problems. There are a few things that can be done
to help protect the fish. Gram-negative bacteria can cause severe infections.
These infections can be prevented by use of KoiZyme
but are very hard to eliminate after the fish has become infected. For general protection, pond
salt can be an easy way to help the fish ward off disease and pathogens.
is a safe natural treatment that will help to make sure your fish get
a healthy start on spring especially if there has been any physical
damage during the winter.
Warm weather means your fish are now or soon will be ready
to start eating again. Until the water temperature
is consistently above 50 degrees, continue to not feed the fish. Once
the water temperature is into the 50s you will want to feed a food designed
for spring and fall like Microbe
Lift Cold Weather or Pond
Care Spring and Autumn food. As the water temperature reaches into
the 60s it will be time to feed your regular summertime fish
Also as the water temperature reaches into the 50s it will be time to
get the hardy
plants that survived the winter ready for a great year ahead. This
is the time we begin fertilizing
the plants. Also, for maximum performance, it may be necessary to
some of these plants. If the plants are too crowded in their pots,
they will suffer and their growth and flowering potential limited. Simply
thinning these out will provide you with more from your plants.