With the arrival of spring, it's time for a some pond maintenance. The fish are more active, the plants are waking from their winter hibernation and the blanketweed will soon start to appear. So, as we spend more time outdoors in the better spring weather, we realise that there are things to do.

If you haven’t already done so, clear away any of last year’s dead growth from the plants, being careful not to damage this year’s growth and flowers. Remove any winter netting so that the emerging plants don’t get trapped, but ensure that you have sufficient defence against the heron and other predators. Also ensure that if you have a pump in your pond, it has been thoroughly cleaned. The filtration box/system will need to be cleaned as well. Please DO NOT use tap water to clean out the filter as it will kill the beneficial life in the filter which helps to balance your pond throughout the season. Use pond or rain water for cleaning as it is chlorine free. Keep the pump and filter running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This will ensure a continuous flow of water to the filter and keep all the good bacteria alive. It will also help to keep ice at bay if there is cold weather. If you just have a pump, you can switch it on and off periodically during the spring as oxygen is in good supply when the water is cold, but during summer leave it on night and day to ensure sufficient oxygen supply to the aquatic life within your pond.
Once the water temperature reaches a steady 8°C / 47°F you can start to feed a summer fish food. Before then, a lower protein / wheatgerm food is advisable as it is easier for the fish to digest. Make sure that feeding carried out at this time of year is done carefully, as excess waste in the pond such as uneaten food, excessive leaf litter and large amounts of frog spawn can lead to an algae bloom in the early season and this can effect the clarity and quality of the water all year. So any action taken now will benefit your pond throughout the season ahead.

We have many years’ experience of dealing with all the aspects of pond maintenance, from cleaning and planting to a complete re-line and enlargement. We like to think that we can answer any query you may have, so if you have a problem with your pond, give us a try; we’re here to help.