It’s crazy to believe that summer is coming to an end and that fall is right around the corner. In the pond world that means it’s time to start thinking about fall prep! That’s right, everyone who is interested in our service to prep your pond for fall/winter we recommend sending in your forms as soon as possible! We service your water feature on a first come, first serve basis. You can find them on our homepage at www.actionwatergardens.com or you can call us at 860-875-2359 and we will gladly send you one by e-mail or US (snail) mail! Once you send the form in, please call to verify that we received it. For those of you who rather prep your water feature for fall and winter yourself, here are some ideas to keep in mind:
- Trim those yellows! Fall time is notorious for yellowing and decaying leaves so snip that foliage around your water feature to save you time from skimming them out later. If you have tropical plants, you may leave them outside UNTIL the first sign of frost. If you are going to try and save them, bring them indoors and keep them in water inside a warm room with lots of sunlight in order for them to grow back next spring.
- When the weather starts to get cooler stop fertilizing your plants. By not fertilizing your plants, it signals to them that the warm season is coming to an end.
- Start feeding your fish Cold Water fish food. Once your water drops to about 60⁰F to 50⁰F you should feed your fish the cold water fish food in order to prep their metabolism for winter. Their digestive system is already slowing down once the water becomes cooler so do not over-feed your fish, they will thank you for it. Keep an eye on the temperature of the water, you should stop feeding your fish all together when the water hits and stays below 50⁰F.
- Install netting over your pond to lower the daily maintenance of removing fallen leaves from your water. This helps the water clarity as well as keeping the skimmer basket clear of debris so you don’t have to empty it as much. Nets also help prevent a lot of organic material from sitting on the bottom of your pond decaying and letting off methane which could potentially hurt your fish.
- Beneficial Bacteria is still good to add to your ponds but use Aquascape Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria once the water drops below 50⁰F. Add Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria twice a week for two weeks, then once a week until the water starts to freeze.
Here at Action we provide all the items you need to get yourself ready for fall and to keep maintenance to a minimum. If you have any questions about fall prep or about our services don’t hesitate to call, stop on by, or send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.