Winterizing Your Pond - Part 2

If you have tropical water lilies, you will need to remove them from the pond, trim off any excess stems and leaves, and gently dig the tubers out of the pots. Rinse the tubers off completely. Wrap the tubers in damp newspaper and place them in a tupperware type container in your basement or garage where the temperature will not drop below about 40 degrees over the winter. For hardy water lilies, all you have to do is trim off the stems and leaves and drop them down in the lower part of your pond where they will be below the ice if it freezes over during the winter.

 

If you have any cold sensitive marginal plant and you do not want to replace them in the spring, get  a large plastic tub and put enough water in it to set the pots. Then bring them in the house, place them near a window, and let them spend their winter where it's warm. You will have to change the water about once per week to prevent bacteria from growing.

 

In order to protect your fish, you will need to provide things for them to hide under since the vegetation is now gone. Rocks work well, but you can also float lids to plastic buckets in the pond for them.

 

Finally, you must deal with your pump and filtering system. If you are in the northern part of the country, be sure to disconnect and drain the tubing to your waterfall (if you have one).  In the south, you can easily leave your pump and waterfall going through the winter months unless there is a hard freeze. In this case, you should turn the pump off because it will circulate too much water and send the colder water to the bottom of the pond where your fish are hibernating.

 

Although it is quite a chore, winterizing your pond pays off in the spring. You'll have healthier fish, more vibrant plants, and less work to do when it's time to jumpstart the pond in the spring!

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