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Winter Tips for your Water Garden

If you have a water garden, here are some tips for getting it through the Winter. 

Stop feeding your fish. They are cold blooded and cannot digest when the water temperature is below 50 degrees. It can actually decompose inside of them and cause them to die. Goldfish and Koi  will live through winter cold as long as the pond doesn’t freeze to the bottom.

Hardy water lilies, pickerel rush and other temperate climate plants can stay right where they are in the pond. Remove all foliage as it fades so it doesn’t foul the water.

Tropical water plants should be removed before they freeze.

If you have moving water such as a waterfall or other circulating water feature this will help prevent thick ice from forming.

If your pond is very shallow or your water feature is above ground, such as a fountain there are immersible water heaters that plug into a regular electrical outlet and will keep the water ice free. You can purchase these at pool supply outlets or you can buy a stock tank heater at a farm supply store, which will work as well and usually cost less. They are rated as to how many gallons of water they will keep ice free.

Finally, if you have trees, leaves can fill up a pond pretty quickly. If you cover the pond with bird netting while the leaves are falling it is a simple matter to roll it up and dispose of the leaves when necessary. Once all the leaves have dropped take the netting off the pond and store for next year.

Posted by Rick Pudwell at 7:00 AM


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