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A Guide to All Seasons Pond Landscaping Landscape ponds come in different varieties but all of them need periodic care. How you maintain a landscape pond through the seasons would depend on its size, location, construction, and content. Whether it is in-ground or aboveground, or big or small, it is important to know how to preserve your landscape pond. Below are some steps on how to sustain a landscape pond based on the season. Pond landscaping during springtime 1. Depending on the need, you may have to drain the pond and hose down its bottom to make it clean. More than an inch of muck in the pound can be damaging.
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2. Try to look for leaks and patch them with a pond repair kit. This is a basic part of any landscape pond maintenance schedule as this process will help you arrest any water loss.
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3. Reinstall the filter and pump but replace them if needed. 4. When topping off the water level, seep water at the bottom of the pond to prevent the buildup of salts and minerals. 5. Take out dead leaves and other debris to ward off toxic gases. 6. Supplement the water with oxygenating aquatic bunch plants to augment the level of oxygen. 7. If the plants are potted, divide them so they will grow quicker. 8. Start feeding the fish with a high carbohydrate diet so they will have increased activity. 9. Put back to the pond the tropical plants you stored for the winter after the cold weather has passed. 10. Before replanting the lotus, water lilies and marsh plants, divide them first. 11. New submerged and floating plants must be added to the water once it reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit to keep algae in check. 12. Add fertilizer to the potted plants. Pond landscaping tips in summertime 1. Make sure you top off the water level as needed. It is important to maintain a proper water balance and inhibit the accumulation of salt and mineral. This can be done by adding water in trickles rather than in large amounts. 2. Assess weekly the water chemistry using a kit for chloramines, chlorine and ammonia as huge amounts of these chemicals are deadly to fish. How to look after a landscape pond in autumn 1. Take out the fallen leaves or use a netting to catch the leaves in case there are many trees around. 2. Detach the filter and pumps, drain them, and store them inside. How to look after a landscape pond in wintertime 1.Protect your pond by floating a ball or wood on its surface that will absorb the pressure from the expanding ice. 2. Have an open air hole for the fish and for the discharge of toxic gases.