Landscaping Tips for The Average Joe

Year-Round Tips to Pond Landscaping There are various types of landscape pond but all of them require regular care. The kind of seasonal maintenance a landscape pond needs would depend on its location, construction, size and content. It is critical to know how to manage your landscape pond no matter if it is big or small, or in-ground or aboveground. Review the tips below to help you nurture your landscape pond depending 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. 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. Return the pump and filter but change them if they are not working properly. 4. When topping off the water level, seep water at the bottom of the pond to prevent the buildup of salts and minerals. 5. Clear away dead leaves and detritus to rule out 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. Feed the fish with a high carbohydrate diet so they will be active. 9. Move the frost-sensitive plants from winter storage to the pond once the forecast for snow is gone. 10. The water lilies, lotus and marsh plants should be divided first prior to replanting. 11. New submerged and floating plants must be added to the water once it reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit to keep algae in check. 12. Do not forget to fertilize the potted plants. Pond landscaping during summertime 1. Make sure you top off the water level as needed. A proper water balance should be maintained at all times, and salt and mineral buildup should be suppressed. Do not add large amounts of water in an instant but seep small amounts often when topping off. 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. Pond landscaping in the fall 1. Remove the falling leaves and if the pond is near trees, use a netting to catch the leaves. 2. Detach the filter and pumps, drain them, and store them inside. Pond landscaping during wintertime 1. Put on the pond surface a floating wood or ball to absorb the tension from the expanding ice and safeguard the pond. 2. Make sure there is an air hole open for the fish and for the release of toxic gases.

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