Aquatic expert Dan Everton has this advice on how to maintain your pond during November, when the days are short, frost threatens and leaves are falling from the trees.
When September arrives autumn is just around the corner and, with falling temperatures as well as leaves, Dan Everton has plenty of jobs around the pond.
Although your pond might not be adjacent to hedges or under trees, falling leaves will inevitably be blown into it. So now is the time to invest in pond netting.
If leaves are allowed to fall into the pond they will rot and noxious gases will be released together with nitrates that will encourage algae. Netting is therefore an essential task especially if you have a small pond.
This is also an effective method of protecting fish against predators and fitting heavy gauge netting is a good safety measure if there are children about.
The foliage from aquatic plants will also collect at the bottom of the pond and start to decompose, so cut off dead leaves and cut back and divide any pond plants which have become overgrown.
The flow of water through pumps and filters should begin to be reduced although cleaning and annual maintenance can wait until later in the year.
The quality of your pond water should be regularly tested throughout the year, and September is no exception. Use a pond test kit and take any appropriate action.
If duck and blanket weed are still a apparent, remove what you can by hand and use a pond water treatment such as barley straw to further eliminate the problem.
With the diminishing appetite of your fish, start giving them a lower protein food and lessen the amount. Uneaten food will contaminate the water and will increase the risk of any disease.
If we are still experiencing warm weather, keep the pond topped up. If you use tap water to any great extent you may consider adding a treatment such as Blagdon Fresh Start.
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