Winterizing Your Pond

Preparing your pond for the winter does not have to be a difficult job. Just follow these few steps and your pond will be ready come spring time.

Fall Leaves and Debris:

Placing a pond net over your feature before the leaves begin falling is an easy way to minimize debris in the pond. Once the majority of leaves have fallen, simply remove the netting, disregard the leaves and store the netting away for the next time you need it.

If you did not get a chance to get that net up this season you most likely have a buildup of leaves and debris at the bottom of your pond. Using a long handled pond net, you can easily scoop out the majority of this debris. If you for spring just remember that the decomposing debris will certainly create a bigger mess next year.

It is also a good idea to trim and remove any dying or dead plant material around the pond and in the marginal areas as they too will decompose over winter leaving a mess next spring. Submerged hardy plants like lilies should be cut back above the base of the plant.

Cold Water Bacteria:

Add a cold water bacteria solution to help keep your pond water clean and clear. This beneficial bacteria solution is adapted to work in temperatures lower than 50° F to help reduce organic material and reduce ammonia, nitrite and other excess nutrients. Regular use of this bacteria solution throughout the cold months will help maintain water quality and reduce spring maintenance.

Healthy Fish:

As it gets cooler and the water temperatures begin dipping into the lower 70°F, your fish will have a more difficult time digesting their usual food. Switching to a wheat germ base fish food will keep them happy and full of the nutrients they need to bulk up for the winter months while being easily digestible. Be careful not to overfeed. You can feed 2-3 times a day what they’ll eat in 5 minutes or less, then remove any excess food. When the water temperatures fall below 50°F, it is time to stop feeding.


Keep Your Feature Running:

Ice formations on one of our display pond with basalt columns.

Running your feature year round can provide ever-changing and strikingly beautiful ice formations that create a wonderful addition to your winter landscape. If this is the route for you, make sure to top off your feature periodically throughout the winter as evaporation is still happening. Also inspect streams and channels for ice formations that may dam up the water flow and lead to unnecessary water loss.

Shutting Down Your Pond:

If you decide to shut down your pond for the winter months, here are tips on what you’ll need to do:

- Remove the pump from the pond, storing it in a warm place.

- Drain water from any pond plumbing as the freeze thaw cycle can cause pipe cracking within the system

- Remove and clean any filter media used in your system and store them in a warm place along with your pump.

- As the pump is no longer running, oxygenating the water is important. Place a small re-circulating aeration pump on the top shelf of your pond. This will help keep a hole in your iced over pond to allow harmful gasses to escape and oxygen to get into the water.

- In areas where the aeration pump will not be enough to keep a hole in the forming ice, consider adding a pond heater. This product will prevent a portion of your pond from freezing over and allow for the necessary gasses to transfer in and out of the water.

Birds migrate to fresh water sources during the cold winter months.

Taking these steps to prepare your pond for winter will help your fish survive hibernation while also making your spring maintenance easier. If you need any help in preparing this winter, contact Cedar Run Landscapes.

Making a Splash In the Landscape

This 2,700 gallon pond has thirty feet of stream and two pooling areas. Water trickling through the streams and flowing into the pools will provide our customer with a wonderful respite from the world for years to come.

Project Site Before Construction Began

Our innovative low maintenance filtration system contains a Skimming Wet-well and Constructed Wetland. The Skimming Wet-well traps large debris and prevents it from entering the pumping system before the water is sent to the Constructed Wetland.

The pond liner has been installed and the Skimming Wet-well is being constructed. Aquablox and Aquascapes inc. new Snorkel are in place and will be covered with field stone, filtering out any large debris.

Once the water is filtered through the Skimming Wet-well, it is pumped up through  the Constructed Wetland where the water is filtered  even more through stone aggregate. Aquatic plants fill the wetland area to help filter out excess nutrients in the water.

Aquablox line the base of the Constructed Wetland. Stone aggregate will cover the blocks, providing further filtration and a medium for aquatic plants to absorb nutrients from the water.

Not having a filter box system, which has messy filter pads and needs to be cleaned regularly, will give our customer more time enjoy the feature and less  maintaining it. They also  enjoy the diversity of plant material that can now thrive in their landscape. Over time this system well evolve into a complete ecosystem, supporting bog, marginal and submerged aquatic plants as well as attracting various types of wildlife such as dragonflies, frogs, and butterflies.

Pond Plants Are In Stock

Is your pond up and running but, aesthetically, it’s missing something? Adding pond plants can provide additional interest in your landscape while helping to create a balanced ecosystem. Plant life filters water, removes excess nutrients, adds oxygen, and creates shade. These benefits along with the aesthetic qualities of pond plants provide a vital role in the development of a healthy pond system.

The four main types of plant life you can add to your pond system are oxygenating, floating, deep water, and marginal water plants. Each type has a specific function as well as grows in a specific area of the pond. Oxygenating plants are submerged in a pond and help introduce oxygen into the water. These types of plants also clean the water by feeding on decaying organic matter. Floating plants help cover the water surface, providing much needed shade to the water below.  Deep water plants, most commonly lilies, give the impression of a floating plant but are rooted deep below the pond surface. These types of plants also provide shade. Shading the water prevents ponds from over heating while also inhibiting algae growth. Marginal Water plants provide great water filtration and create interest along the edges of the pond.

Please stop by Cedar Run Landscapes if you would like to check out our selection of pond plants. We’ve had several requests to provide information about our pond plant selection online. Below are links to our pond plant inventory. We are a certified retailer of Van Bloem Gardens and have added a link to their online library, where you can search for pond plants by common or scientific name. While your visiting you will also find a thumbnail image of the plant species with basic information about that plant.

Van Bloem Gardens Complete Water Plant Library

Cedar Run Landscapes In-Stock Pond Plants

Get Your Pond Up and Running

The days are getting longer and we are beginning to see activity in our ponds. But before our good Aerobic bacteria start to establish, a clean out of the pond is needed.  Having a layer of gunk at the bottom of your pond or water that is the color of dark tea are fairly good indicators that it is time to do a full clean-out. If however, you just have a small amount of debris and the water quality looks clear, simply removing debris will suffice. Along with cleaning out any debris from the bottom of the pond, make sure to clean out all mats and filter materials, clean out the filtration boxes and replace at least 10% of the water. If you’re using public water make sure you use a water conditioner.

Pond clean-outs should be done before plant life begins to fully emerge and the good pond bacteria hasn’t started colonizing, usually before the water temperature reaches 55°F. A full clean out replaces nutrient rich water with fresh clean water, a process similar to the way spring rains and snow melt naturally flush out our natural ponds and lakes. Click here to learn more about how to do a pond clean out. 

Cedar Run Landscapes provides full pond services and is currently doing our annual spring clean outs. Even if you think your pond just needs some tidying up we would be glad to assist you. To be added to our list of pond maintenance customers, contact us at info@cedarrunlandscapes.com.