If you have a pond, look through the spring chores for water gardens listed below…proper spring maintenance is not difficult or extremely time consuming, but very important to the health of your ecosystem.
If you don’t have a pond and waterfall, give some serious thought to making this your project for the season. I guarantee that the hours of enjoyment you receive will pay for your time and expense many times over.
Spring Chores For Water Gardens #1
Manually remove as much decaying organic material as possible from the bottom of the pond, using a long-handled skimmer.
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Test the pond water for pH, ammonia and nitrites.
Spring Chores For Water Gardens #3
Before the water temperature reaches 55 degrees, drain and clean the pond and filtering system(s). It’s important to perform this once/yr. maintenance before biological activity begins (at 55 degrees)…here’s more info on this simple, but very important procedure:
Spring Chores For Water Gardens #4
If your water supply is chlorinated, be sure to use a de-chlorinator product when refilling the pond.
Spring Chores For Water Gardens #5
After spring cleanout, start applications of natural water quality products. The two essential products I use here are Microbe-Lift Barley Pellets to control string algae and Microbe-Lift Spring/Summer Cleaner to insure crystal clear water. Both are available at The Landscape Market:
Spring Chores For Water Gardens #6
Most fish experts recommend feeding fish very sparingly when the water temperature reaches 55 degrees. Feed every 3-4 days and only what they can eat in 5 minutes. When water temperature reaches 60 degrees, feed 2 – 3 times daily.
Spring Chores For Water Gardens #7
Divide hardy marginal plants and replant.
Spring Chores For Water Gardens #8
Most important – sit by your water feature and enjoy the spring sunshine!
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About Dan Eskelson
Dan has had his hands in the soil for most of his adult life as a gardener, landscaping contractor, golf course superintendent and landscape designer. When the ground freezes, he builds websites, produces video and plays the hammered dulcimer. Full bio here.