When it comes to winterizing your pond, you may feel overwhelmed and not sure where to start. That’s completely normal! There are many things to consider when it comes to making sure your pond, plants, and fish survive the cold weather here in West Virginia.
In this guide, we’ll outline some of the most important dos and don’ts of winterizing your pond so that you can rest easy knowing that your backyard pond and other water features will be fine until spring.
Leaving Your Pond Running
Do make sure the water level is high enough to avoid completely freezing
Do add an aerator to keep oxygenating the water
Don’t forget to feed your fish and check your pond’s water regularly
Do remove any debris from the pond before it has a chance to freeze
Do keep a hole in the ice if frozen over to allow for harmful gasses to escape
Do add cold water bacteria to keep your pond water clean and clear
If you’re expecting an extended freeze, it’s best to pull the pump and drain the lines.
Shutting Your Pond Down for the Winter
Do clean the pond and remove all plants
Do drain the water entirely and store fish in an aquarium
Do remove the pump and store it away in a warm place for the winter.
Do remove and clean any filters you have. Store them away.
Don’t leave any standing water in the pond
Don’t forget to cover the pond with a tarp or other type of covering
We Offer Worry-Free Pond Maintenance Plans
If you’re looking for worry-free pond winterization and maintenance in the Charleston and Clendenin, WV areas, look no further than Riverscapes Excavating & Landscapes! We are your local experts in taking care of ponds and water features, and we will ensure that your pond is healthy and happy through the cold winter months. Call us at (304) 546-4796 or Contact us today to learn more about our pond winterization and maintenance packages!