Waiting for Winter

pond icingIt’s been a strange winter so far, warm, no ice and very little snow fall. Can’t really complain about that unless your a skier, plow snow or like snowmobiles. Sure the kids love the snow too for sled riding and snowball fights.

The weather has been weird all year with all the crazy storms and for a large portion of the country leaving a lack of snow fall, the ground is exposed. Even though it is saturated with the rain the wind has been pretty strong at times and the unusual storm will stir up.

With the wind as strong as it is at times it can dry the ground rather quickly and picking up leaves as it blows, dumping debris on overflow pipethem in the pond. Some may sink pretty quick but other leaves will float for a while. These floating leaves, wind and excess rain can potentially create a mess and plug the over flow pipe in the pond. If the pipe has a screen we better check on this after each storm event. It doesn’t take much debris to plug up the screen.

Also check the emergency spillway to be sure it has not accumulated excess leaves or twigs which could affect the out flow  from all the rain. Winter? Never fear it will come, or next spring may last a long time. What do you think?

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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