Pond Plants Direct - A White Water Lily

October

A thorough clean up of your pond in the autumn prevents any major problems occurring in spring, as most pond deterioration is due to autumn neglect.

Fallen Leaves In Pond So this month is when you should start a weekly routine of pulling out any leaves, stems and other debris that doesn't belong in your pond.

Cut back any withering marginal plants, and take the opportunity to thin them out a little as you go.

Start to cut down on the amount of food you feed your fish, as uneaten food will only gather on the pond bed and rot. Just scatter a few pellets of flakes and supply more only if the initial food is eaten.

By the end of this month you should remove and clean any submersible pumps.

November

As the water temperature drops below the critical 5°c mark, the fish will stop feeding and retreat to the lower layers of your pond. You should therefore stop feeding them. Some species of floating plants (e.g. water soldiers) will also have retreated to the pond bed in their winter form: these must be left in peace.

Repairing A Damaged Pond Liner If you have any non-hardy aquatics such as water lettuce and water hyacinth and you plan to over-winter indoors, now is probably your last chance to remove them.

If herons are a nuisance and you don't have a net fitted, it is a good idea to put a few 4 inch drainpipes on the pond bottom to serve as a hideaway for fish.

Finally give your pond a thorough checking over. Check the liner (or concrete) above the waterline for any cracks or leaks. Fix any problems now before the frosts have a chance to make the situation worse.

December

Other than just generally keeping an eye on things, there is nothing to do this month. In fact with everything in your pond hibernating it's best to leave well alone.

Take a well earned break, you'll have plenty to do next year.

Sun Setting Over A Pond In Mid-Winter


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