October through November
It’s been a great season for your outdoor koi pond, but now it’s time to prepare for colder weather. Fall maintenance is incredibly important to your water garden’s ecosystem and overall health. Your pond is a magnet for falling leaves, blowing grass and predators during the autumn and winter months. If left alone, the debris becomes a habitat for bacteria known as Aeromonas and Pseudomonas. These bacteria thrive in cold water, right when your koi’s immune systems at their weakest. Aeromonas are always present in your koi pond, but heavy debris cause a sharp rise in their numbers. Eventually, high levels of aeromonas will harm your fish, leading to ulcers, mouth and fin rot, and more.
Come spring, decomposing debris can wreak havoc on your garden pond, causing harmful bacteria and algae growth, threatening the well-being of your plants and your fish.
Investing in your pond’s health now will save you time and money come spring.
Our fall pond maintenance service includes:
Cut back and/or remove aquatic marginal plants, lilies, and floating plants.
Clean pump(s) and check filtration system for any problems.
Introduce a healthy dose of Cold-Water Bacteria, vital to your pond’s ecosystem in the dormant winter months.
Install a protective net over your pond to protect from debris, leaves, and other contaminants.
Winter Maintenance: December Through February
Even though everything is dormant during the winter months, your pond can still benefit from a checkup or two. Winter pond services can be scheduled ahead of time or as needed.
Winter service calls include:
Adjusting cold water beneficial bacteria levels.
Assess fish health and treat as needed.
Maintain water level.
Skimmer and pump cleaning as needed.
Pond net adjustment as needed to prevent wintertime debris from entering the water.