Ponds and Waterfall Maintenance
Although a properly designed pond, waterfall, or other water feature is low maintenance, caring for it can still be overwhelming. There are mechanical and electrical parts to maintain, filters to check, pH to balance, and the care of plants and fish just to name a few items on the list. While each koi pond, waterfall, and water garden has its own unique maintenance needs based on the component elements, there are some basics that every pondkeeper should be doing.
- Remove leaves and debris from the surface. Clean the bottom leaving no more than an inch of muck.
- Reinstall the pump and filter. Test their function. Replace if necessary.
- Divide, replant, and fertilize plants to keep them growing vigorously. Return any tropical plants to the pond once the threat of cold weather is past.
- Begin feeding fish using a high-carbohydrate food to help them with increased activity.
Summer / Early Fall
- Enjoy your water feature!
- Ensure the auto fill system is maintaining the water level.
- Trim plants as necessary. Remove and replant or replace any submerged plants.
- Feed and monitor the health of the fish. Check with a vet as needed.
- Clean out filters and pump intakes weekly to prevent clogs.
- If you notice any out of the ordinary issues or have out of control algae growth, contact a licensed professional to test the water chemistry and apply chemicals that remove string algae.
Late Fall / Winter
- Skim or net falling leaves.
- Reduce fish feeding and stop completely when the water temperature decreases to 50 degrees F.
- Move non hardy plants and fish indoors to ensure winter survival. Trim the foliage from hardy plants and move them to the deepest part of the pond if it does not freeze solid.
- Disconnect, drain, and store inside all filters and pumps. Drain water lines and fountains.
- To absorb pressure from expanding ice in the pond, float wood or a ball on the surface.
- Install a bubbler, air stone, or keep your pump running to keep the water moving slowly, which prevents the water from freezing and releases toxic gases. Add water if it gets low and skim with a net as needed.
Water features need some help to maintain proper water chemistry and smooth operation. If you do not have the time to keep up with the routine maintenance of your water feature, then the water professionals at Upstream Waters Landscape can do it for you. We have developed a cost effective monthly maintenance program that will keep your water feature in optimal condition. (Cost of the service plan is based on the unique needs and size of the individual pond, waterfall, or other water element.) Call us today to get your water feature on a scheduled monthly service plan to secure the best year your pond or waterfall has ever had.
If your pond, waterfall, or water feature is in need of repair or rejuvenation, the water professionals at Upstream Waters Landscape will sit down with you and layout the most cost effective way to update your pond, waterfall, or other water feature. Most repairs that stem from a poorly designed pond, failing stream, or bad components can be addressed. The cost is determined by the needs of the individual water feature, the construction methods used, and what it will take to get the repair done correctly.