How to Care for Your Pond in the Winter - small backyard pond with bridge

Even with Central California’s generally mild winters, it’s essential to know how to care for your pond in the winter in order to ensure that it remains beautiful and healthy.

Ponds can be fragile ecosystems, and they require special attention during the winter months. Although our winters in the Fresno-Clovis area are mild, they still can pose a risk to the health of your pond.

So, here are some things you need to know about caring for your pond in these winter months:

Keep the Water Moving

One of the most important things you can do to care for your pond in the winter is to keep the water moving. This is especially when we experience freezing temperatures, as standing water can freeze over and cause damage to your pond’s ecosystem.

A good way to keep the water moving is by using a pond pump or aerator. These tools circulate the water, which prevents it from freezing.

Clean Up the Debris

Fallen leaves, dead plants, and other debris can accumulate in your pond during the fall and into the winter. It’s crucial to clean this up, as decaying plant matter can produce harmful gases and consume oxygen in the water. This, in turn, can be harmful to your pond’s fish and other inhabitants.

Be sure to remove any debris from the surface of the water, as well as from the bottom of the pond. A pond vacuum or net can be useful for this task.

Check Your Water Quality

During the winter, your pond’s water quality can change rapidly. It’s important to keep an eye on the water’s pH, ammonia, and nitrite levels. These all can affect the health of your pond and the things that live within it.

A pond test kit can help you monitor your pond’s water quality and make any necessary adjustments.

Protect Your Fish

If your pond is home to fish, it’s important to take steps to protect them during the winter. Fish can become sluggish and less active during the winter, making them more vulnerable to predators.

Consider adding a net over your pond to protect your fish from birds and other animals. You may also want to add a pond heater to keep the water from freezing and ensure that your fish have a comfortable environment to live in during the winter.

Reduce Your Feeding Schedule

As your fish become less active during the winter, you should reduce your feeding schedule accordingly. Overfeeding your fish can lead to health problems, and any uneaten food can contribute to poor water quality.

Feed your fish only what they can consume in a few minutes, and consider reducing your feeding frequency to once every other day or less.

Get Help if You Need It

Don’t ignore your pond in the winter. Make sure that it’s getting the attention and maintenance it needs.

You can trust Mike’s Evergreen to help you do so, whether that’s installing or repairing/replacing pumps and aerators or doing routine clean up and maintenance.

If you have additional questions or would like professional advice on caring for your pond in the winter, we invite you to get in touch with our team of experts here at Mike’s Evergreen. Contact us today.


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