4 Tips For Winterizing Your Pond | Organic Pond
Summer’s end is sneaking up. Soon enough, a change of seasons will be on the horizon. Fall brings rain, runoff, nutrient energy from fertilizers & hydrocarbons, and worse. Pond owners must be aware of the temperature shift to ensure the best season transition to cold weather for their water, fish, and plants. If you live in an area with snowy winters and ice, it is crucial to winterize your pond for the cold months. Here are a few simple tips for you as pond owners to consider when thinking about winterizing your pond.
The first step is reducing debris and other organic matter. Even if it is not yet fall, chances are great your pond has a build-up of leaves and debris that need to be removed. Leaves, sticks, and any other floating organic material should be skimmed off. Using a long-handled pond net is recommended to scoop debris from the bottom of the pond, too. If this debris is left on the bottom of the pond, it will decay over the colder months, deplete the water of oxygen, and leave you facing a bigger mess in the spring.
Beneficial Bacteria helps pond water keep clean and clear. Organic Pond offers pureBACTERIA, a proprietary blend of beneficial bacteria for muck reduction and water clarification. Fall cooling helps weeds grow slower, but the season can dump a lot more organic matter into your pond. Between rain, runoff, nutrient energy from fertilizers & chemical hydrocarbons, your pond needs a healthy diet of beneficial bacteria to stay clean! This unique blend of naturally occurring bacteria contains four potent strains that effectively and efficiently digest suspended solids. This includes decaying organic matter in the water column, as well as the muck on the bottom of the pond. Using pureBACTERIA can dramatically reduce spring maintenance by digesting debris that may accumulate over the winter months.
3.Trim Dead or Dying Plants
Trimming dead foliage is vital to removing excessive organic debris that would decompose in the water. This includes any plant life inside and outside of the pond. Trees, bushes, flowers, or any other plant life that surrounds your pond should be included in this process
4.Remove Remaining Algae
Cleaning up any remaining algae and weeds that have grown throughout the warm summer months is essential. Even if your pond freezes over, the cold won’t kill off algae. It will wait till the spring to sprout again. We carry organically certified Algaecides if you are experiencing late-season growth of weeds and algae. Treat with contact chemicals such as Cutrine Plus or Phycomycin.
To prevent and suppress conditions that lead to algae blooms continue or add Organic Pond’s own formulation, Clean Clear BLUE. This top-selling all-in-one pond treatment combines naturally occurring Beneficial Bacteria pureBACTERIA™ and concentrated pureBLUE food-grade Pond Dye. It helps clarify and color your water, reduce pond bottom muck, and prevent algae from blooming. The more problems you eliminate now, the less likely you’ll experience regrowth in the spring.
Preparing your pond early for the cold weather is vital to keep it healthy and clean. The best time to winterize your pond is once the fall weather comes and the pond’s water temperature approaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Winterization doesn’t need to be a complex process. But following these simple tips will ensure that your pond and its fish greet you with a healthy smile come spring.
We treat ponds ourselves and know the issues and difficulties that pond owners face. We have the products and techniques to solve such problems without the concern of harming any wildlife. Organic Pond Owner, Jim Selke is dedicated to helping Homeowners, Property Managers, Businesses, Commercial Contractors, Municipalities & Military Bases with their pond care needs. Call (248) 290-8118 anytime and join our newsletter for tips and discounts!