Spring is here – is your pond ready for the warm weather? Spring is the most important time of the year to perform some routine maintenance on your pond to ensure its health and longevity. Follow this step-by-step spring cleaning checklist from the experts at Paradise Ponds, and your water feature will function like new for years to come.
- Un-winterize your pond. Anything you did to prepare your pond for winter can be undone once the freezing temperatures have passed. This includes turning on your pump, replacing your filters, operating the skimmer, etc.
- Drain the water. Place your clean-out pump in the deepest part of the pond and turn it on. Water can be pumped into a container (if you have one large enough) to be re-used, or drained into the surrounding landscape. If doing this, be sure to relocate the drain pipe multiple times throughout the process to avoid flooding the yard. If you have any fish, keep them in a shaded holding pool. If you are not reusing your old pond water, it is important to make sure your new water is properly conditioned for your fish.
- Remove large debris. With the pond freshly drained, it’s time to remove all large debris, either by hand or with a net. Any debris left in the pond will eventually decay and become a food source for algae.
- Clean the inside of the pond. With all of the large debris removed, it’s time to focus on getting rid of any sludge which may have built up along the floor and walls of your pond. This can generally be removed with a garden hose, don’t overdo it or use any chemicals.
- Inspect the filters. Test the durability of your filter pads by gently tugging on them. If they break apart, replace them with new ones. If they hold, give them a thorough rinse and return them to their rightful position.
- Seal any leaks in the liner. If there is a leak in your pond liner, now is the time to replace it. Even a small tear can release large volumes of water in a short amount of time.
- Re-fill the pond. Your pond is now ready to be refilled. If you stored your water in a holding tank, you can simply replace it. If you are adding new water from a hose, you must treat your pond with a natural dechlorinator so it is safe for your fish.
- Add fish, plants, and enjoy. Don’t just dump your fish into the pond if there is new water in it – they must be acclimated. Put the fish in a container and float it in your pond for an hour, periodically adding a little bit of water from the pond into the container to let the fish slowly adapt to their new habitat.
While backyard ponds are low-maintenance most of the time, your spring clean out is a job best suited for professionals – unless you have a storage tank large enough to hold your existing pond water. Treating new water from a hose and introducing your fish to this new environment must be done carefully, as one small mistake could spell disaster.
That’s why homeowners across Nassau County, Long Island trust the experts at Paradise Ponds with all of their routine maintenance needs. If you live in Bethpage, Hicksville, Babylon, or the surrounding area, schedule your spring cleaning by calling (516) 334-1122.