How to Protect Your Pond Pump in Fall

Fall is  great time of year to enjoy the outdoors.  Pond maintenance become simpler from summer’s maintenance routine, but leaves falling into your pond can become a real concern.  Your pond pump needs to not be clogged with leaves to obstruct water flow.  pond boss has a few solutions to help protect your pump all season long: Pond Skimmer, pumpshield®, and Universal Pump Filter Box. 

Pond Skimmer

pond boss® Pond Skimmer allows you to place your pump inside the reservoir.  This placement is covered by the leaf basket to catch any leaves along the surface of the water while protecting the pump.  The important key to fall maintenance with a skimmer is to empty the leaf basket regularly so that the water flow to the pump is not obstructed.  The skimmer is mess-free way to clear leaves from the pond with the basket handle. 


The pumpshield® is a simple solution for pump pre-filtration.  This mesh bag can easily be added around any pump and tightened with a drawstring.  If too many leaves are pulled to the outside of the pumpshield®, the waterflow will be obstructed.  Periodically, unplug the pump from the electrical source and remove the pumpshield® and pump from the pond to simply rinse off the exterior of the pumpsheild® with warm water to clean. 

Universal Pump Filter Box

The Universal Pump Filter Box is a helpful pre-filtration tool that houses most pond pumps to protect the pump from dirt and debris.  The cover of the filter box is full of holes to allow water to pass through to be filtered before reaching the pump inside.  Leaves could collect on the cover of the pump filter box, so it is important to remove leaves from your pond as they begin to collection the the top of the box, but it is also easy to remove the leaves from the lid if you miss a few.   

Now that the heart of your pond, the pump, is protected from fallen leaves, your maintenance routine is simple and you can get back to relaxing and enjoying this season.  For simple removal for leaves that have sunken to the bottom of your pond or those blocked by your pumpshield® or pump filter box, utilize a Pond Vacuum or Fish Net