So spring time is right around the corner for the Greater Boston | MetroWest Areas of Massachusetts. If you’re here because you're wondering what it's going to take to get your water feature started up and ready for a kick-butt season, you are in the right spot!
If you own a backyard koi pond or waterfall you are probably already familiar with this stuff (Aren’t you??). If you are new to the wonderful world of water gardening and are trying to educate yourself on what to expect…. Welcome Home! This articles sole purpose is to educate you on what annual Spring maintenance on a typical Massachusetts water feature looks like and why its necessary.
Spring pond cleaning can be a daunting task so you may be asking yourself a few questions:
- What maintenance is needed for your backyard pond?
- Do I really need to do annual pond maintenance?
- Can I, or do I even want to attempt this myself?
- What is actually involved with a typical Massachusetts Spring pond cleaning?
This note is going to act as a pond maintenance guide for you and your water feature this Spring. We will address a lot of the typical Middlesex County, MA Backyard Pond or Waterfall owners questions and concerns.
What maintenance is needed for your backyard pond?
So lets start off talking about if it is really necessary to have pond maintenance performed annually. Pond cleaning in the spring is very important! The annual pond clean-out simulates Mother Natures natural flushing action that occurs during heavy spring rains. This flushing action creates a healthy new start for good bacteria to colonize and help control algae blooms. Since Backyard Ponds are enclosed systems they don't experience this natural process unless we do it for them. If we ignore this step, waste and debris gathers in the pond and as it breaks down it creates unstable conditions that are overloaded with nutrients. This high level of nutrients help algae take over your pond and your water quality and aquatic life suffer.
Do I really need to do annual pond maintenance?
Yes. You need to keep up with your pond IF you want to it as low maintenance as possible. Do you want a green algae farm in the backyard or do you want a gorgeous natural looking water garden where you can see your koi fish dance and play beneath the waterfall?
Can I, or do I even want to do this myself?
Of course you can clean your own pond. Thats not the real question. The question you need to ask your self is “Do I want to get in their and do that?”, “Do I have the tools to get the job done right?”, “Do I have the time?”. There is nothing wrong with attempting to do this on your own. We encourage people to interact with their water features as much as they can, however Spring pond cleaning is a dirty job and it is especially daunting if you do NOT have the proper equiptment.
Part of the Spring Pond Cleaning we thin out aquatic plants that have taken over!
What is actually involved with a typical Spring pond cleaning?
During a spring pond cleaning we remove the fish and place them in aerated holding tanks. We then drain and pressure wash the pond. Removing any muck and debris but not completely stripping the rocks of all their delicate and vital biofilm. Pond filters are cleaned and inspected and under water LED lights are adjusted and replaced if needed. Any shifted rock or gravel is addressed and we fertilize or divide aquatic plants as necessary. Once the pond is cleaned and filling we then proceed to reacclimatize the fish so you are ready for another season of enjoyment! All you need to do is continue to check your skimmer and add beneficial bacteria every week until the Fall when we offer pond filter cleanings, pond netting services, and finally a winter shutdown.
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