Every year it is recommend to perform a thorough cleaning of your garden pond. The best season to to this during spring. This guide will teach you how to clean your pond which involves removing all the water, plants, plus all the fish and give the pond a vigorous cleaning. This will clear the water in the pond of any algae and toxins that have developed during the winter. These toxins can build up fairly quickly if the pond gets to freeze.
Another problem is, that leaves can find their way into the pond in the fall and begin to decompose when the weather gets warm. If there is a lot of debris in your pond, now is a terrific time to go outside and prepare to start cleaning it. If you live where the climate is warmer and a lot of trees do not finish shedding their leaves until spring, it's recommended that you wait until after the leaves are all gone or you will be cleaning dead leaves out of your clean pond for a long time. If you are lucky enough to live in warmer climates where the water does not freeze, only a partial water removal might be all you need.
It is seen as an unpleasant job but this is how to clean your pond properly! If you are the lucky person to be assigned this job it is time to put on your rubber gloves, find your boots and get you hands on the right tools. This is a list you will need to do the job faster:
- A pair of rubber gloves and high boots
- A large holding tank for the fish
- A powerful wet-vac or shop-vac
- Aerator for the fish holding tank
- A long hose with a spray nozzle
- Some gardening scissors or snips
- A de-chlorinator (if you are using chlorinated city water)
- One powerful submersible pump with an attached hose net to catch the fish
1. Transfer all the fish in the holding tank - The idea behind this is to remove as much water out of the pond as possible so the fish will have nowhere to go. Now, using your net, and a large bucket of pond water, move all the fish from the pond to the temporary holding tank. Lastly, cover the holding tank to prevent the fish from leaping out.
2. Completely drain the water in the pond - This can be done easily if you have a specialized filter by merely turning the valve to the DRAIN position. If you are using a submersible pump with a flexible hose you can install the hose to pump outside the pond rather than re-circulating the water.
3. Turn off the pumps and filters - It is very important that you disengage all the cleaning systems of the pond. If there is no water in the pond the pump and filter can get damaged.
4. Clean up all the plants - Remove them by hand and spray them with a hose gently and remove any algae that may be attached to the plants. Also, trim off dead leaves and old blossoms. If it's the appropriate season, fertilize the plants. Now, place the plants back to their positions.
5. Clean the pond's Filter - You can clean all filters, except bead filters, by pulling the inside material out and pressure hosing it with clean water. Filter materials come in different forms. They can be lava rocks for waterfalls, filter pads in filters outside the ponds or special material used to filter the water before it is absorbed into a submerged pump. No matter of what type it is, you need to take the filter apart, clean it and remember to replace any material that is worn out or shredded.
6. Begin refilling the pond - While you are doing this, fill a part of the fish holding tank with fresh water and do not forget to de-chlor. Pump in the water little by little, several times so the core temperature of the water slowly decreases or increases to the temperature of the fresh pond water.
Now all you have to do is put the fish back in the water and enjoy your reinvigorated pond. Learning how to clean your pond is easy, and putting it into practice is the same after you get used to the process. A clear pond will always be main attraction for your garden and a natural oasis for local wildlife, so you need to take care of it by tending to it regularly.