As winter begins to fade away, many pond owners start thinking about getting their Phoenix ponds ready for Spring. Proper preparation is essential for ensuring that your pond is healthy and beautiful throughout the season. Here are some tips on how to get your Phoenix pond ready for Spring.
Clean up Debris
The first step in getting your pond ready for Spring is to clean up any debris that has accumulated over the winter. Hopefully, your skimmer has done most of this for you, but it’s a good idea to net out anything that may have sunk to the bottom. Use a net to remove any leaves, sticks, and other debris that may have fallen into the pond. This will help prevent any organic matter from decomposing in the water, which can lead to poor water quality and algae growth.
Check the Equipment
Spring is also a good time to check the equipment in your pond. Inspect the pump, filter, and any other equipment to make sure they are working properly. If anything needs to be repaired or replaced, take care of it before the Spring growing season begins.
Clean Filters and/or Drain & Clean the Pond
This is also a good time to change the oil in your pump, if appropriate, as well as clean the filters. If your pond needs a complete drain & clean, there’s still time to get that done, too. If you have pond fish over 6” long, you need to get this done before the water begins to warm up for maximum fish safety.
Start Feeding Your Fish
As the weather warms up, your fish will become more active and will start to eat more. Start feeding them high quality fish food that is appropriate for their species once the water gets above 55 degrees. Feed them small amounts at first and gradually increase the amount as the weather gets warmer. Remember, water temps follow nighttime temps, not daytime temps, so don’t start too early.
Add Beneficial Bacteria
Beneficial Bacteria can help break down organic matter in your pond and prevent algae growth. Add a bacterial supplement to your pond to help keep the water clean and clear.
Plan for New Plantings
Spring is a great time to plan for any new plantings or changes you want to make, after the last danger of frost has passed. The water should be warm enough by April that they will survive the transplant procedure with confidence. Make sure to choose plants that are appropriate for your climate and that will thrive in your pond's conditions.
By following these tips, you can get your Phoenix pond ready for Spring and enjoy a beautiful and healthy pond all Summer long. With a little bit of effort and planning, you can create a beautiful backyard oasis that you and your family can enjoy for years to come!
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