Fall Pond Maintenance & Winter Preparation|Rochester|New York|NY
Fall Pond Maintenance & Winter Preparation
If there are large trees located near your pond then you will want to consider netting your pond. In the Rochester & Western NY areas this should get done before leaves make their way down usually at the end of September or early October. Once the majority of leaves fall the net can be removed and put away for the winter.
Cut Back Pond Plants
Your pond plants will be at their best from all their summer growth. With lower temperatures coming soon, your beautiful plants will turn ugly and dieback. If left unattended in the fall, this foliage will turn brown and decompose into the pond creating a mess. Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls recommend pruning all pond plants close to the water's surface. Tropical plants including floating hyacinths and others should be removed prior to winter.
Adding A Pond Aerator
Part of fall pond preparations is adding an aerator. This will help oxygenate your pond and keep an opening in the ice for all the harmful (to fish & frogs) gases from decomposing leaves and plants in your pond to escape.
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Landscape Designer / Pond Contractor, Tom Warmerdam has been designing, installing & maintaining koi ponds, water features, patios, landscape lighting & creating outdoor living area paradises all around Rochester, New York (NY) for over 30 years. His company Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls was awarded by Aquascape Inc. as one of the top 100 in North America in 2014. He has been attending conferences at Aquascape headquarters every year since 2004 in Chicago, Ill to maintain his Certification(Certified Aquascape Contractor) status.