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Follow these 7 steps, and you will be well on your way to a Crystal Clear Pond!
- Remove the pond heater and bubbler that you added in the winter to keep a hole in the ice for exchange of gasses.
- Remove any debris that accumulated over the winter, such as leaves, sticks, or fine sediment. A skimmer net, with a finer mesh than a fish net, comes in handy for removing sediment.
- If your water is fairly dirty, you’ll want to conduct a partial water change. To do this, you can use your existing pump connected to a pipe for water removal, or you can purchase a pump specifically designed for pond clean-outs (or you can always hire the Cole’s Team to clean it for you.). Your pond water is rich with nutrients, so as you’re pumping out the water, use it to irrigate your surrounding landscaping and garden beds. Your flowers and veggies will thank you!
- Perform a bit of maintenance to lengthen the life of your pump. Simply inspect the intake and remove any solids or debris.
- When refilling your pond with water, be sure to apply a water conditioner such as Aquascape Pond Detoxifier. Pond Detoxifier removes chlorine, chloramine, and ammonia … and detoxifies heavy metals. What’s more, it’s safe for fish and plants.
- You can begin to add water treatments once your feature is up and running. If the water temperature is below 55 degrees, you can start by adding EcoBlast and SAB Stream and Pond Clean (be sure to follow package instructions). SAB is a powerful phosphate binder that helps keep your water clear. EcoBlast is a fish and plant-safe algaecide. These two products will work extremely well together in getting your pond off to a good start.
- Once your pond water temperature reaches 55 degrees, you can start adding Aquascape Beneficial Bacteria on a regular basis. Beneficial Bacteria assists in balancing your pond, reduces maintenance by keeping filters clean and debris-free, reduces harmful ammonia and nitrite, and produces crystal clear water quality.
*Info provided by Aquascape Inc.
Pond Maintenance just got a lot easier! Eliminate the guesswork and routine of adding water treatments to your pond, fountain, or water feature. In order for water treatments to work correctly, or to maintain optimum water quality, water treatments should be added consistently and on a regular basis. This automatic dosing system accurately and consistently applies you choice of water treatment just like an IV pump in a hospital.
- Helps Maintain optimum water quality
- Easy to use and fully programmable
- Dependable and quiet operation
- Can be used on almost any pond, fountain, or water feature.
Instructions for use:
1. Choose the appropriate water treatment based on what you want to accomplish.
2. Attach the water treatment you have selected to the fitting included with the dosing system.
3. Place the outlet/discharge hose as close to the edge of the water feature as possible.
4. Use the control panel to select the appropriate setting based on the amount of water contained with in your water feature.
5. The doing system will automatically add your selected water treatment product to the pond or water feature every day helping maintain optimum water quality and clarity.
*Please note the MSRP price on the pictures in the gallery above reflect the US MSRP pricing. The Canadian retail price is $34.99, which is a great deal considering the current exchange rate would put the USD price at close to $40.00.
The Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustiris) is one of the oldest plants in the pond world. It has be recorded to be around prior to the ice age. This hardy perennial is a showy early spring blooming marginal pond plant that can bloom from March to May and occasionally in the summer. It is a harbinger of spring and a “must have” for every water garden. The march marigold produces masses of large waxy butter cup like flowers of intense golden yellow with large almost round heart shaped dark green foliage. the plant grows 30-60 cm (1-2′) tall and wide. The marsh marigold is reproduced through seed or by division of crowns in the September or in Early spring.
The Double Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris flore pleno) produces fully double golden yellow, pom-pom flowers that almost cover the entire plant. Propagation is by division in September.
The Marsh Marigold is a reliable bloomer year after year and grows best in shallow water or wet soil but will tolerate running water or waster up to 30 cm (1′) deep. It is said to have culinary and medicinal uses and lasts well as a cut flower. In the wild, grouse eat the seeds, deer and moose eat the plants.The Marsh Marigold can be found in swamps and ditches all over it’s native habitats of North America, Britain, Europe, and the Himalayas. In North America it is found from Newfoundland to Alaska and south to Oregon and South Carolina.
The “Caltha is derived from the Greek word “kalathos” meaning a goblet, referring to the flowers shape. It is also called “King Cup” and sometimes referred to as “Mare-blobs” or “Mary-blobs” from the Anglo Saxon “Mere” or “Myre” meaning Marsh and “Blob” meaning bladder. This refers to the round bud shape flowers growing in the marsh. Over the years it has also been called “Water Dragon”, “Water Cowslip”, and “Horse-blob” to name a few.
A great addition to any water garden is a Floating Island Planter. It is a low tech way of featuring plants in your pond. It makes non-floating annual and perennial plants flowers simply by placing a Marsh Marigold and others into the floating island planter. It creates instant colour, shade, protection, and filtration. Its an easy and impressive way to show off your favourite non-floating pond plant or garden plants. Pick up a floating island planter and see our large selection of pond plants.
What’s Changing? Everything is changing! All pond residents depend on the water temperature, so if you don’t have a thermometer now is the time to pick one up! This important simple tool will help guide you all season.
It is only necessary for the pond water to warm up to as little as 2° C in order for living things like good (cold water) bacterias (aka the garbage men) and aquatic plants to work together to help create a healthy environment. The warmer the water gets the more life in the pond will come into action!
Just how quickly the pond will warm up depends on a number of factors such as pond shape, volume, exposure to sun/shade, wind, and of course the day and night time temperatures. Water warms up slower than air, so be patient.
As the ice leaves the pond consider draining the pond to remove toxic sludge and debris that may have built up over the winter, or if this sounds daunting hire the Cole’s Crew to come do it for you. As the ice leaves and the water warms the pond fish will become more active. Now is a good time to check your fish to open wounds, torn fins, or scrapes. Also watch out for fungal growth and parasites that may try to attack when fish immune systems are low. While checking your fish you should also check your pond fish population. If it is too high you will run into problems with sludge and water clarity. When removing fish from a pond always check with friends, family, your local pond shop if they are looking for fish. Never place in a natural lake or stream as this can lead to over population and and many pond fish are not natural to our local water ways.
Fish once you have conditioned any new water you can start feeding the fish Cold Water Fish Food once your water temperature is 10-15°C any warmer use regular fish food.
As the temperature rises further to 12°C, pond plants will show signs of life. Raise plants from there winter home on the bottom of the pond, and cut back any remaining foliage from last season and divide any lilies or plants that look pot bound. Plants should be given our “Once a Year” slow release fertilizer and topped up with pond soil at this time as well. If you have been overwintering any tropical pond plants they should be kept indoors until the risk of frost is gone.
After spring maintenance the pond can often have an algae bloom or you water can begin to look like pea soup. This is because the pond plants have not been able to shade the water and pull nutrients out as they are still growing. We recommend using Pond Shade, a dye that stops the sun’s rays from penetrating the water as a preventative against algae. If you already have a prevalent algae problem we recommend our all-purpose algaecide D-Solve 9. D-Solve9 works fast and will take care of green water shown in the picture to the right. We also recommend barley straw pellets or extract in early spring to help combat the algae blooms that happen as the water temperature rises.
We hope this was helpful! Please visit us for friendly advice and be ready for the Spring Changes coming to your pond very soon!