As we are approaching the end of summer, it may be time to check on some basics maintenance items around the pond to keep it operating smoothly. Below are some basics that we often take for granted.
- Stay on top of the water level. Letting the water get too long concentrates salt in the water and is harmful to the fish, pond, pump and filtration system. Try to add a little every week or two instead of having to add large amounts every month.
- Plants grow best in the summer and can get out of control. It’s important to remove dead leaves to keep the water clean. Plants or flowers that are overgrowing should also be trimmed back. This will help keep the water cleaner and require less maintenance.
- Keep an eye on your pump intakes and filters. A weekly check should be done and clean them out if they are starting to get clogged.
- Watch the fish for odd behavior or sores. It can be a sign of water chemistry being off.
- Use aquatic-plant fertilizer tables on your potted plants each month of the summer. This helps keep them healthy and growing well.
- If your yard is prone to pests on the plants use non toxic methods to control them. Algae can grow out of control if you don’t control it. Use a long-handled bristle brush, pole, or rake to get rid of your algae.