Spring Pond & Water Feature Care
The busiest time of the year for any Water Gardener!
Start to feed any fish more regularly and change their diet to a readily digested type. To monitor this, the use of a pond thermometer is recommended.
- Regularly test your pond water (using a Pond Health Kit) before you purchase any new or additional fish-keep testing throughout the year!
- Remove any netting over the pond to clean off the winter debris – replace if required to protect your pond from predators!
- Add new pond plants to your pond remembering to feed them throughout the year
- Re-pot any old outgrown plants, especially water lilies, into new pond soil and always remember to put some additional plant food in. Use Hessian to line the baskets to help retain the aquatic soil, then dress the pots with aquatic gravel to secure the Hessian
- Treat any fish diseases once the water temperature has risen above 12ºC
- Temporarily turn off any UV clarifiers whilst treating (48 hours is adequate)
- Clean out any filter systems on your pond or water feature remembering to wash any media in old pond water. Replace any exhausted or worn out media bit by bit over a few weeks.
- Check for leaks and replace any damaged or blocked filter hosing. All filters must run 24 hours a day!
- Add a biological supplement to kick start your filter back into action
- Add a supplement to aid the breakdown of any sludge on the bottom of your pond or feature
- Thoroughly hoover the pond or feature to remove any dirt formed over the past year
- This can be done on a regular basis throughout the year during the warmer months
- Clean your pump thoroughly and replace any worn impellors or pre-filter foams. If in doubt, this is a good time to replace an unreliable pond pump
- Ideally place the pond pump at the deepest point, as far from the filter outlet as possible, to ensure maximum water circulation and cooling
- Replace any UV lamps and clean or replace the quartz sleeve that the lamp sits inside
- Top up any water lost from your pond using an appropriate water dechlorinator
- If you require to ‘clean out’ your pond completely, now is the time – speak to a member of staff to get the right advice for your pond!
- Watch out for signs of your fish and pond wildlife (especially amphibians) starting to breed – speak to a member of staff to find out the best way to raise any fry (baby fish) that may be produced.
Follow the above rules and advice and you can enjoy all-year-round success with your pond or water feature for year after year!