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Year-Round Tips to Pond Landscaping Landscape ponds come in different varieties but all of them need periodic care. The kind of seasonal maintenance a landscape pond needs would depend on its location, construction, size and content. It is crucial to learn how to look after your landscape pond whether it is big or small, or in-ground and aboveground. Below are some steps on how to sustain a landscape pond based on the season. Pond landscaping during springtime 1. If needed, drain the pond and hose down its bottom to clean it. It is deleterious to have more than an inch of muck.
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2. Observe if there are any leaks and patch it using a pond repair kit. This step is necessary in any landscape pond maintenance routine so you can hold off continuous water loss.
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3. Return the pump and filter but change them if they are not working properly. 4. Trickle water at the bottom of the pond to top off the water level and to avoid accumulation of salts and minerals. 5. Remove fallen leaves and detritus to inhibit toxic gases. 6. Tack on a bunch of oxygenating aquatic plants to increase the oxygen level in the water. 7. Separate potted plants to they can continue growing robustly. 8. When feeding the fish, start with high carbohydrate food to combat lethargy. 9. Move the frost-sensitive plants from winter storage to the pond once the forecast for snow is gone. 10. Before replanting the lotus, water lilies and marsh plants, divide them first. 11. To keep algae under control, include new floating and submerged plants once the water temperature reached fifty degrees Fahrenheit. 12. Add fertilizer to the potted plants. Pond landscaping tips in summertime 1. Top off the level of the water as needed. A proper water balance should be maintained at all times, and salt and mineral buildup should be suppressed. When topping off, do it with small amounts of water often rather than with large amounts right away. 2. With the use of a kit, test the water chemistry every week for ammonia, chloramines and chlorine as an excessive volume of these chemicals is fatal to fish. How to look after a landscape pond in autumn 1. Remove the falling leaves and if the pond is near trees, use a netting to catch the leaves. 2. Disengage the filter and pumps, ensure they are drained, and store them indoor. How to look after a landscape pond in wintertime 1. To protect the pond from expanding ice, place a floating ball or wood on the pond surface to absorb the pressure. 2. Maintain an open air hole for the fish and for toxic gases to pass through.