Fall is all about the protection and preservation of your pond. In our heavily-wooded, Northeastern climate, falling leaves cause organic buildup that is harmful in the pond. At the start of fall, the pond is netted to keep out leaves and other debris. This is more important than many pond owners realize. Falling leaves easily plug the skimmer located in the pump housing. Leaves and debris which get trapped in a pond’s filtration system can quickly burn out the pump which can easily cost $600 or more to replace.
Netting the pond protects both the pond’s fish and equipment. Pond owners who do not net their ponds will need to check the situation daily. If there is an unusual dry spell, you may have to add water due to natural evaporation. Decker’s can install an auto-fill valve so you don’t need to worry. Doing the necessary maintenance in the fall supports your winter shut down process – providing a healthy ecosystem to support the fish over the winter.
Decker’s Fall Maintenance Packages Have Two Stages:
Stage #1 (Protection) – Netting the pond to keep it leaf- and debris-free.
Stage #2 (Preservation) – The actual shutdown which includes:
- Trimming off all the aquatic plants so they are level with the water surface.
- Removing, hosing down, and cleaning up the filters so they can be packed away.
- Taking out and cleaning the pumps so they can be stored.
- Adding beneficial bacteria for the winter.
- Setting up an oxygen source and deicer.
- Blowing out the pipes and plugging the skimmer and biofalls.
Fall Maintenance can appear to be non-labor intensive, and some pond owners opt to do it themselves. The key for homeowner is to be diligent about removing leaves and debris and properly winterize their system. For example, if a water line does not get blown out (or is not done properly) and a pipe bursts, the repair costs can be quite expensive – upwards of $1000 or more.
The good news is, our pond maintenance professionals are used to working in the cold, and are very aware of the things that can go wrong with a pond in the fall and into the winter months
A professional job can not only save you time, it also gives assurance, security, peace of mind that your pond has been optimally prepared to withstand an upcoming frigid winter.
Like all Decker’s products and services, you are covered by our 12 month performance guarantee as well as manufacturer’s warranty on any of the products we sell.