With winter ending, there’s never been a better time to revisit your pond maintenance plan and rejuvenate your pond or water feature and there are some things that you can do to make sure your water feature gets off to a good start. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Draining your pond
If your pond needs a full clean, the first thing to do is to drain the pond. We advise using a pump and draining the water to surrounding landscape.
You may have fish which you will need to consider when draining the pond. Use a holding container filled with some of the pond water. Fish can find being moved highly stressful so don’t hold that longer than is needed, and make sure you have the correct equipment and methods to move them.
Leaves and debris
Over the winter months, the amount of leaves and general garden waste will increase. The debris will sit at the bottom of your pond and being to rot, leading to the pond water changing colour. This will need to be removed and, in some cases, may involve silt removal also known as de-silting.
Removing the will cause disturbance in the pond and as such this should be the first step to cleaning your pond. Once the pond has rested and settled, you can then begin to clean other elements of the pond such as the pump and filter. Wash any rocks and remove any algae and muck build up.
Cleaning the pump
Start by turning the pump off and removing it from the pond. Rinse it under a tap or garden hose to remove the majority of the dirt and debris. You can then use a sponge or cloth to wipe the remaining excess.
Remove the outer casing and remove the impeller and wipe clean. This is an important part of the pump and is what keeps the water moving.
If you have filter foams and media inside your pump, rinse these using pond water rather than fresh tap water. Any chemicals in the tap water will remove the good bacteria that has built up which is needed to keep the pond healthy.
Make sure that the pump is functioning correctly.
Clean and inspect your filter
Check your filter for any damage that may have been caused by the elements of winter and replace any components which have been damaged. Flush out any settled dirt within the filter. Squeeze your filter sponges in a bucket of pond water to remove organic waste build up. You may at this point need to replace filter sponges if media is showing signs of physical wear.
Whist the pond is drained, it’s a great time to check that any lights are working, replace any that aren’t or add any extra touches you may want such as fresh plants or maybe added a water feature.