In Morris County New Jersey and many northern climates winter poses some challenges for our fish ponds and water features. Our ponds and fish are subject to extreme cold temperatures, snow, and debris flying around and landing in our ponds and water features. Spring arrives and all we want to do is get those features running to enjoy them throughout the spring, summer and fall. It's a daunting and disgusting task, is a pond/water feature cleaning really necessary?
By the time you’re done reading this blog, you'll be able to ask yourself if having a spring koi pond cleaning is the right choice for your pond.
Much more than a pond cleaning
The goal every spring is to get your koi pond all cleaned up from the winter slumber and see your waterfall and your fish swimming around! Right?
While there is so much emphasis on draining and cleaning the pond, there are many other things to consider while deciding whether a spring koi pond cleaning is really worth it for your pond.
Please, don't get me wrong the process of draining your pond and removing organic matter for your fish is extremely important. As it turns out though, there are numerous other important tasks that should be accomplished while your pond is drained.
Pond Muck b' Gone!
This is the stage of a spring pond cleaning most of the focus is on. Getting all that organic debris build up out of the pond. This is important to the health of your pond and ultimately your fish. How much debris is currently in the pond? Did you net the pond in the fall? Did you cut back your aquatic plants to keep the plant debris from decomposing in the pond?
Included in this step would be making sure your filters are cleaned. When was the last time you cleaned your filter or replaced the filter media or UV Bulbs (if you utilize a UV Light)?
This is the best time of the year to really inspect your fish. The fish are removed from the pond and housed in large tanks. This is the most opportune time to visual check the health of your fish. It's always best to catch an ailment before it gets too bad. The winters are tough on our koi friends and we need to take care of them. When choosing a service to perform a cleaning, consider asking them if they will be checking on your fish friend's health during the process!
All Systems Check!
This is the start of the season and we are all counting on our equipment running smoothly so our fish remain healthy and our pond stays beautiful all year. During your spring pond cleaning all systems should be checked and maintained. Do you have any leaks in the plumbing? How is your skimmer and biofall connection holding up? Any potential liner pulls or stretching that could be an issue? Are the plants starting to get out of control? If you have lighting, are they all working properly and are the lenses clean? Any unstable rocks or rocks that have fallen into the pond? How is your pump running and does it need some pump maintenance?
These are just a few of the many things that go into an all systems pond check and the spring koi pond cleaning is the perfect time to address, fix, and maintain these items to create a wonderful ponding season.
Aquatic Plant Check!
Your plants are an integral part of your pond ecosystem and require some care to keep healthy and growing strong. One thing we don't have to provide them is water, that's for sure. But a good pruning and splitting during your pond cleaning is a great way to keep you plants healthy and beautiful!
Do you fertilize your aquatic plants? Many aquatic plants love to be fed. Yes, I mean fertilized. This is a great time to do that so the get a jump start on their spring growth!
As you can see, a spring pond cleaning is like a yearly pond physical.
Why do we do all of this? Peace of mind. We get physicals for peace of mind, when we bring our vehicles in for service all main systems are checked for peace of mind, we have our furnaces cleaned and checked for peace of mind. Ponds and water features are cleaned and checked in the spring for, yes you guessed it peace of mind.
Whether you hire a professional or do the spring cleaning yourself, a pond cleaning is essential in keeping your pond and fish healthy and running well for the season with minimal issues during the spring and summer seasons.
We hope, with the information we have provided above you will be able to make an educated decision as to whether you should have your pond cleaned for the spring.
If you have any other questions on the whether you should perform a spring koi pond cleaning please contact us here.
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Over the last 18 years, Clay has been involved in landscaping and aquascaping, which led him to his passion, POND BUILDING and opening A Frog’s Dream in 2006. His true passion is to create works of art for others to enjoy and marvel at in the privacy of their own backyards.