The summer months are for enjoying your Minneapolis backyard in the sun with the pond that you worked hard to put together. Maintaining your pond through the heat, rain, and sun is important to the overall health of the pond and the plants or fish you have. If you need to know how to maintain that pond, we made a summer checklist for you.
Trim plant growth
Summer is the time for plants to grow and thrive, but too much growth can choke out other plants and cover your fish. It is important to keep trimming back your plants each month, or week if there is excessive growth, to keep your pond healthy. Small bugs often find homes in large plant growth, which could endanger the fish. Check your plants and filter for any beetles or other bugs that could take food away from your fish and plants. There are also chemicals or dyes that can be added to your pond to restrict pond growth, but it is important to be careful when choosing the chemicals or dyes. Some will encourage algae growth or be harmful for your fish. Talk with your professional pond expert to find the best solution for your pond.
Check the filter
To keep your pond looking great and stay healthy, cleaning out the filter every week or more is an important step. Larger ponds should be checked every day to avoid clogs or damage to your filter. After a strong storm, winds, or rain, check your filter for excess debris in your pond. The strong winds carry plant life into your pond, putting extra stress onto your filter. Keeping up to date with checking your filter can save you time and money from a broken pond filter.
Add healthy bacteria and chemicals
While some bacteria is harmful, there is helpful bacteria that encourages a healthy environment for your plants and fish. Regularly adding natural bacteria, about once a week or once a month, will make your pond look great and your fish stay healthy. There are many kinds of healthy bacteria, so talk with your pond expert to learn more about which solution is right for you. Having the right amount of chemicals can influence the hardness, pH levels, and oxygen levels in the water. Checking those levels on a regular basis and adjusting it as necessary will keep your fish and plants growing strong. Talk with the Pond Doctor if you have any questions about how to maintain water hardness, pH levels, and oxygen levels.
Feed your fish
It might be obvious, but your fish need food. With a sprinkle of food every day, your fish will be happy and full. Smaller amounts of food are important during the summer months because they also eat the plant debris that falls into the pond. If you go on vacation for a couple of days, your fish will continue to eat the debris and stay healthy. If you go on vacation longer than a weekend, you may want to have someone check on your fish while you’re away. Remember that there are different feeding methods for fall and spring, so be sure to ask your pond expert about your fish if you have any questions.
Check the water level
The heat of summer and storms that blow in will evaporate the water or overflow your pond. Be careful to add treated water so that your fish can adjust to the new water. Most ponds can be checked for water level every week, but each pond is different. Talk with your pond professional if you have any questions about what healthy water levels look like for your pond.
Maintaining your pond can busy your day. Talk to the experts at DIWhy to take care of your pond and get the best advice. We are happy to help with any pond and landscaping maintenance.