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Year-Round Tips to Pond Landscaping Landscape ponds come in different varieties but all of them need periodic care. Depending on its size, construction, location and content, you will know what kind of seasonal maintenance routine your pond needs. Whether it is in-ground or aboveground, or big or small, it is important to know how to preserve your landscape pond. Review the tips below to help you nurture your landscape pond depending on the season. How to look after a landscape pond in springtime 1. If needed, drain the pond and hose down its bottom to clean it. It is bad for the pond to have more than an inch of muck.
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2. Try to look for leaks and patch them with a pond repair kit. This should be a staple in your landscape pond maintenance checklist so you can put a stop to continuous water loss.
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3. Reinstall the filter and pump but replace them if needed. 4. Trickle water at the bottom of the pond to top off the water level and to avoid accumulation of salts and minerals. 5. Clear away dead leaves and detritus to rule out toxic gases. 6. Tack on a bunch of oxygenating aquatic plants to increase the oxygen level in the water. 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. Return the frost-sensitive plants you stored last winter back to the pond once the danger of icy weather has passed. 10. Replant the lotus, water lilies, and marsh plants after dividing them. 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 during summertime 1. Top off the level of the water as needed. Be watchful for a proper water balance and to thwart the buildup of salt and mineral. This can be done by adding water in trickles rather than in large amounts. 2. Analyze the water chemistry weekly with ammonia, chlorine and chloramines kits as too much of these chemicals will kill the fish. Pond landscaping in the fall 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. Make sure there is an air hole open for the fish and for the release of toxic gases.