Quick Fall Maintenance Routine

Maintaining a pond in fall seems simple after all of the maintenance routines of combating algae in summer.  We are here to make your routine even simpler to get you back to the parts of this season you truly enjoy.  Let’s get started.  The sooner we begin; the sooner we are done. 

1. Pull Leaves off the Surface of the Pond

Once you walk out to begin your maintenance routine, you will quickly notice if you have any leaves on the surface of your pond.  If you have Pond Skimmer, you will not need to worry about this step because it will clear leaves off the surface of the water for you.  If not, you can use a Fish Net or Pond Vacuum to grab those leaves off the surface of the water. 

2. Protect Pump from Leaves

Make sure that your pump is receiving a proper flow of water and is not being obstructed by leaves that have sunk to the bottom of the pond. Before handling the pump, unplug from the power source. Rinse the exterior of the pump with water to clear of any dirt and debris as your are removing leaves. 

3. Remove Pond Sludge

If you notice a sludge layer beginning to form on the base of the pond, utilize Sludge Remover to quickly eliminate this organic buildup. Consult dosage instructions on the label of the Sludge Remover bottle to determine how much to use based on your pond’s size. Reuse as needed. You can also utilize Barley Pond Clarifier to break down organic buildup as a part of your regular maintenance routine. 

4. Check Temperatures

If you have pond fish, make sure you check the water temperature of your pond after your maintenance routine. This will help you determine if you need to make any adjustments in feeding your fish as temperatures decline. For more information on feeding your fish as we move into winter, read this article.

Four steps, that is all you need. Once your leaves are removed from the surface of the water, your pump is protected, your sludge layer is treated, and you know your water temperature, you can relax until you notice more leaves collecting and it is time to work on these four simple steps again.