“Seems like we should have started prepping our pond during fall,” Mary says regretfully.
“We’ll just have to see about getting it cleaned dear,” Mike sighs. “Well, let’s keep reading so we can know what do to for next year.”
The first place to start is with fall pond maintenance. This is a full pond cleaning to remove organic matter like leaves and sludge from your pond. It’s also a great time to make sure everything works properly from pumps to filters to skimmers. Installing a net over it to catch leaves is also a great idea.
“Mmmm, can’t say I want a net ruining our view of the pond,” Mary says.
Early winter maintenance is also a great idea, especially if you don’t use the net. The less stuff there is on the pond bottom the better time your fish will have and the easier it will be to clean in the spring.
If you have to take them out of the pond, fill up a large tub with water from the pond. You already know the water is good for fish to live in and it makes it easier on them and you. New water means introducing the fish slowly and carefully so they don’t go into shock.
“Whelp,” Mike sighs resignedly, “go ahead and say it, Mary.” “Say what, dear?” Mary responds innocently. “The ‘I told you so’ you’ve been waiting to say.” “I told you so? Why ever would I say ‘I told you so’ dear?” Mary says with a smile.
She kisses Mike on the cheek, saying “Come on, it’s dinner time and I made your favorite. Tomorrow you can call the pond contractor about winterizing our pond.”