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Fall Pond Maintenance: 9 Steps To A Cleaner And Clearer Pond

You Can Help Your Pond Stay Beautiful With Fall Pond Care In Des Moines

Readying Your Pond For Autumn

Fall pond maintenance is an important part of owning a back yard pond. Fall pond care includes inspecting the pond, cleaning out debris and leaves, cleaning the rocks and pond parts, repositioning settled edges, caring for plants, and checking any lights. There are a total of 9 steps to maintaining a pond for fall and they all can help your pond stay amazing during fall.

Let’s take a closer look at these steps.

Pond with leaves covering it looks in need of fall pond maintenance

“They’re off to a great start,” Chad thinks with a nod of approval.

He texts his wife to let her know the pond contracting company arrived on time. Chad puts his phone away and walks outside to find the project manager and ask him a few questions about the fall pond maintenance service.

One of the men sees him coming and starts walking to meet him halfway up the driveway. 

Iowa waterscapes pond team excited for some fall pond maintenance work

“Hi, Chad, right? Nice to meet you. My name is Will and I’m your project manager,” he says, holding out his hand. Chad shakes it warmly, saying “Pleasure to meet you too, Will.”

After a few minutes of conversation, Chad asks “Will, what’s your whole process for maintaining a pond for fall? I’m curious as to what you do that we pond owners don’t.”

Fall Pond Maintenance In 9 Steps

  1. Inspecting the pond
  2. Filling tubs with water and dechlorinating it
  3. Draining pond halfway
  4. Removing debris
  5. Fixing edges if they’re settling
  6. Cleaning individual parts
  7. Caring for plants
  8. Checking lights and reset transformer (if needed)
  9. Refilling pond
Caring for a pond

“Step #1 is inspecting your pond to make sure everything works and that there isn’t a leak,” Will begins. “Oh, that’s great! Not much point in cleaning a pond if it isn’t working,” Chad says, nodding in agreement.

“The second thing we do is take fill tubs with water and dechlorinate it. Then we begin draining the pond until about 50% of the water is gone.”

“Why only halfway?” questions Chad. “We like to leave the last half in there to help keep the ecosystem healthy. The water has beneficial bacteria in it that keep the water clean.”

“Cool, I didn’t know that.” Will continues, “Speaking of cleaning, the next step is when we start.”

“We remove leaves, sticks, muck, and other debris from the pond so it starts looking cleaner and clearer again. While this is happening we check the edges and move any of the rocks that have settled out of place.”

Skimmer and filter mat ready for fall pond maintenance cleaning

“Once that’s taken care of we move on to cleaning the individual pond parts. This means skimmers, filters, and filter mats.”

“Ahh,” Chad realizes, “cleaning the parts that keep the pond clean. I guess you do a much more thorough job than just removing leaves and stuff.”

“You got it,” Will says with a smile.

He continues, “After that, we take care of your plants. This can include trimming, dividing, or removing plants depending on which types of aquatic plants you have.”

“What plants would you remove?” Chad asks in confusion. “Any non-hardy tropical plants that won’t survive the colder weather of fall and winter,” Will easily responds. “Makes sense,” Chad agrees.

Fall pond care includes checking underwater lights like these

“The final stage before refilling the pond is to check any underwater lights, if you have them, and reset the transformer,” Will finishes. “Well, I’m glad you check the lights because they make my pond look awesome at night and I’d rather not get all wet and dirty if I can help it,” Chad says with relief.

“Is there anything else you’d like to know?” Will asks politely. “No, that pretty much covers it,” Chad says with a nod. “In that case, I’ll head back over to the boys so we can start your fall pond maintenance.”

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