Fall Pond

Fall Pond

Now that summer has gone fall is here and the threat of snow is right around the corner what do we do to get the farm Farm Pond pond ready for winter?

Wait a minute, what summer, how was your summer? Ours lasted about 3 days in a row with 80 plus degrees, dodging rain storms and cold fronts.  It seemed spring did not want to let go and held on as long as it could. Then before you know it we saw the leaves changing, so fall wanted to get an early start. Summer just got beat up and wasn’t able to prosper as it should.  But hey saved on air conditioning, the need to water the garden and plants, the farm pond stayed full of water and there was a couple weekends with no rain that gave us a chance to build another small farm pond. So let’s get ready for winter, there nothing we can do now to change the weather. And look on the positive side that next year can only be better.

Getting the farm pond ready for winter is mostly bringing in all the bench’s,  fountains and ornaments that accent the pond throughout the nicer months.  Last year winter jumped in too soon and the floating dock ended up frozen in the pond so I thought it’s too early for winter I’ll just wait till it thaws and then pull it out. Yeah right… We got a lake effect snow storm and ended up with 2 feet of heavy wet snow it did melt off and got the dock out and put away.

Fall Pond 2Along with the dock there are other features that get moved in, like the wooden bench, wood light house, fountains to keep from freezing, and most important to move the aerator to shallow water. We moved ours to under the new deck we built over the pond this year.

Take the time to walk around the pond with a rake and find deposits of leaves, hopefully at one side or end of the pond and rake them out, cut down the cattails and remove dead leaves from other aquatic plants. All of the dead decaying materials will remove oxygen from the water and turn into food for next spring’s string algae growth.

Be sure to check on the overflow pipe’s trash screen to be clear of any debris and check out the emergency spill way for any erosion or being plugged by leaves and branches.  Never screen the spill way, it is better to lose a few fish than to lose the dam.

When the water starts to cool below 60 degrees stop feeding the Koi fish, actually they should sort of stop themselves as ours do but they are getting ready for their winter slowdown and should not have any food in their tummies. In the state of their slow down they are in sort of a hibernation mode and any food in their tummies can become toxic and seriously harm or kill the Koi fish.

About the Author: Darrell Rhoades is the founder of Whatpond.com. A one man business, works full time in tool & die. It all started when he built his own pond for the family. Ran into pond issues and started the research with pond suppliers and conferences for pond management. He writes about pond building and pond management and sells pond management supplies, aeration & fountains and Practical hands on experiences at Whatpond.com. . No physical store, but has items in stock.

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  • Tim stoute Jan 1, 2015 @ 23:52

    Hi,My pond is something I’ve dreamed about for a long time.i finally talked the wife into one, cause of all the extra property we have now,as long as it dosnt become a swamp so I tring to keep it right.i love reading all your post cause I am clueless on keeping a pond beautiful.our pond is only about 7 months old and in my eyes doing great.added Coppernose bream in June and from what I see it looks like they have spawed at lease twice.i didn’t have the money for an bubbler aeration system at the time so I made a 3/4 hp fountain to pump water from deepest end up into the air and in about three weeks the water became beautiful.so beautiful I had to add alil die to the water.my bubbler aeration system has been order now and should be here soon.i hope to add bass in the spring.i read that you stop feeding koi in the winter months, should I stop feeding my bream?another question I have is right now the pond is bare and plan on planting some foliage in the spring. Anything you suggest i start off with?thanks in advanced
    Tim S

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