Spring has sprung, and it’s time to crawl out of hibernation and get some vitamin D on your skin. Many of us have been mainlining Netflix and hiding under blankets for the cold winter months, and it’s about time to get your blood pumping!
The weather is going to get nice, and it’s time to do a tune up on your pond. If you do it now, by the time the weather is perfect enjoying a morning cup of coffee or and evening cocktail outside, your pond will be in great shape.
If you have a standard rock and gravel pond, begin considering when you’re going to perform your spring cleaning. Let the weather be your guide. You need to wait until air temperatures are at least in the high sixties. Watch this video to learn how!
If you have a Helix Advanced Suction Grid pond, or a Dedicated Koi pond (bottom drain) then start the season off with a bang, and do a nice water change. Don’t forget the dechlorinator.
No matter the pond style, clean all your filters, trim back any brown stems on your plants, and add a nice dose of beneficial bacteria. The water will pop, the plants will start growing more quickly, and the fish will wake up, and start begging for food.
Now, here is where you can really stand head and shoulders above the rest. Plant a bunch of beautiful flowers. RIGHT NOW! The plants in the pond are just beginning to stretch and yawn under the blankets, and won’t produce blooms for a few months yet, much like your teenager on Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, terrestrial plants, are like your 5 year old son on Sunday morning, all pumped up, and ready to ROCK! They are going to bloom in the next few weeks, and make your pond look amazing, while giving those late blooming pond plants a chance to wake up.
Here’s another fun tidbit. No matter the color scheme you choose, pink and purple, everything blue, or red and yellow, be sure to add some white flowers in small groupings all around the pond edge, and along the streams and waterfall. White flowers reflect moonlight. It adds a whole new dimension to your pond, and stretches viewing hours past sunset. Be sure to pick flowers that remain open at night. Some flowers do close at night, and that would be disappointing. Check with your local nursery to see what does well in your area.
So, come out of the house, people! It’s past time to enjoy some quality time with your pond.