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Winterizing Your Pond – The Do’s & Don’ts to Getting It Right

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    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!

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