When is roughing (sports metaphor here) not a foul? When it’s your Phoenix pond! Sometimes you just need to get in there and rough things up. Why? Read on…
ROUGHING THE PLANTS
Aquatic plants LOVE our Arizona heat. During the summer, they can get out of hand VERY fast, causing water displacement leaks. Sometimes a more aggressive plant will actually take over a non-aggressive plant and you forget that other guy is even there.
So, get in there and be vicious! Rough those plants up a bit and show them who’s boss. Sometimes, you just gotta take them out by the roots, not just trim them up. Thinning your aquatic plants will keep them healthy, and keep your waterways open.
ROUGHING THE POND BOTTOM
During the summer months, it should be a pleasure to actually get into your pond. What better place to garden during 110-degree weather? Scuff around in the bottom of the pond and through the stream to stir up some muck. Your fish will love it because it stirs up food for them! And your system will work better if it can skim out some of that stuff as your stir it up. We recommend wearing water shoes for this activity, as well as rinsing off afterwards before the pond water has a chance to dry on your skin. And don’t forget to empty your skimmer basket afterwards.
ROUGHING THE FILTERS
When your water is particularly cloudy (like after our dust storms during monsoon season), rough up those biological filters. Pull them out and whack the heck out of them against a wall or a fence or even the ground to release some of the grime that’s built up. Don’t rinse them, though, because that chlorinated water will kill the beneficial bacteria that’s built up. You can always sprinkle a little more Beneficial Bacteria into the system just to be safe.
Sometimes, your pond needs a little tough love to get back to looking its best. This practice will also alleviate the need for a drain and clean as often.
Need some help? Our Pond Pros can give you a hand!
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