Winter Weather and Your Pond

Winter Weather and Your Pond

With winter weather clearly making its way to Long Island, now’s the time to remember two things: 1) your pond needs to be prepared for winter, and 2) there are going to be a lot of wildlife critters who try to make your pond and the surrounding area their shelter during the cold months. When it comes to winter weather, wildlife, and your pond, here are some things to keep in mind.

Plants Provide Shelter

Your bushes and other shrubbery surrounding your pond provide good shelter from the elements for the wildlife in your area. If you’re alright having the occasional raccoon or duck family living in your yard,  leave the plants as they are. If you’re worried about housing any potentially dangerous wildlife, have the shrubs cut back a bit.

Allow Your Pond to Serve as Drinking Water

While it’s necessary to keep your pond from freezing in order to keep its water quality and oxygen levels safe, if you want to be a friend to your animal neighbors, your pond can be a source of drinking water for them during the winter when other water sources are frozen over.

Give Wildlife a Home

If you know there are a lot of deer, ducks, and birds in your area, why not help them out a bit during the winter and give them some more places to seek shelter. Add some birdhouses to the trees around your yard, allow grass to grow a little higher, and create some rock piles near your pond to provide wildlife with a temporary home.

Paradise Ponds by Ed Dedicke proudly services all areas from Bayside to Ronkonkoma and everywhere in between. Contact us to get started with your next project, or give us a call at 516-334-1122.

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