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Catch a Falling Leaf!

October
18th
PondMeister

Autumn brings beautiful colors and changes to your garden landscape. Though falling leaves look pretty floating on the surface of the pond, eventually they will sink to the bottom and affect your water quality.
As leaf matter decomposes, the balance of your water changes and can become toxic for your fish.

Netting your pond is a simple choice for leaf control. It doesn’t take much time to set the net up over your water garden, and the hours of future work it saves you is priceless.

If you choose not to net your pond, you’ll need to make sure that you’re checking the pond’s skimmer basket every couple of days to remove the pile-up of leaves. Luckily, this is an easy task and doesn’t take much time. Once you pull the leaves out of the basket, be sure to toss them in your compost pile.

Finally, if you failed to net your pond and all those colorful, floating leaves have found their way to the pond’s bottom, you’ll want to remove them before they decay into ugly sludge that has to be cleaned out in the spring. Grab a long-handled pond net and scoop the debris from the floor of your water garden. Or if you don’t mind getting your feet wet, wade on into the pond and fish them out by hand.

Whatever your strategy to combat the onslaught of beautiful fall foliage that floats into your pond, you can rest assured that your efforts to control it now, will be well rewarded come springtime.


date Posted on: Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Category Pond News.
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