It’s been a long winter season, but after last year’s drought I guess we shouldn’t complain too much. This is a time to replenish the ponds and saturate the earth so we can hopefully have better crops, fuller ponds and water to drink.
Global warming. Never thought there was such a thing but I would go with the latest terminology called Climate Change though. Back a couple years when we were kids, (ok back many years) I remember grandma’s house for Christmas eve when the families got together and we always had snow to sled ride down the front hill, with ramps to hit, tunnels to go through and a sprinkling of water to make the hill even faster, those were the days. Now we are hoping for a white Christmas and have been hit or miss for the past bunch of years.
Spring… Well that too has crept longer into the months and now this year we have a white Easter with more snow in the forecast. The ground still has plenty of snow with some bare spots here and there. Ponds still have ice but at least melting back a bit with hopes of soon getting the fountain in to keep the geese away.
Spring is also a time of new life of curse but also the bad side for the critter’s that didn’t survive the winter and ponds with the spring turn over or pond flip. The fish in the pond could have a chance of not surviving this event, depending if we kept a hole in the ice all winter for the deadly gasses to escape and how much accumulation of muck and debris is at the bottom of the pond creating these gasses.
One way to help our fish is if we had proper bottom diffused aeration the year before were the pond has been totally saturated with oxygen from top to bottom, the deadly gasses pushed out and a diffuser moved to the shallows to keep a hole in the ice. But bottom diffused aeration is not an emergency type aeration system it is however the best management tool for the pond and all of the ponds inhabitants.
For emergency aeration a floating aerating fountain would be the choice of tools to use. They can be place in the pond at anytime there is open water and create water movement to break the surface tension of the water and with the splashing of the water coming back to the pond even more oxygen is created. Then again the fountains give sight and sound for our enjoyment as well. TO learn more about aeration check out our Free Consumer Aeration Report.
Have a Great Easter and hope Mother Nature can turn on the heat soon so we can get out and enjoy our ponds.