Stop Procrastinating - Now's the Time to Do That Pond Project You've Been Putting Off

Now’s the Time to Do That Pond Project You’ve Been Putting Off

You may not want to hear this — but it’s time to get off your duff and stop procrastinating. There is no better time than NOW to complete or start that pond project that you’ve been putting off. At this time of year pond waters are cooling, the weather’s not too hot and you stand a better chance at booking a more qualified pond builder.

The cooler waters of autumn and winter hold dissolved oxygen better than warm water. This makes it less stressful to house koi and goldfish in smaller tanks while their home is being refurbished. Fish stop eating as much and as often, requiring less filtration, thus causing less load on temporary filters.

After the autumn leaves fall many ponds require a thorough cleaning and netting. We call it closing a pond. If you were thinking about improving the filtration system or adding another tier to the pond, why not do it all at once and save yourself some stress, time and money? When we perform a professional cleaning (or “closing”) we generally charge less than we normally would for filter or pump installation — sometimes even include it in the price of the cleaning, depending on the difficulty. You can also take advantage of this as well in early spring when it’s time to “open” the pond.

Our business slows down at this time of year giving us the opportunity to take our time with you and your project. In-house consultations are always part of the service you get at Pond Doc’s Water Garden Center. We are not in such a hurry during our down season and can help you design the pond of your dreams, free of consultation charges. To make sure we’ll be there for you, however, an appointment should be set up. Read our notice of when we will be on vacation.

If you were planning to hire a professional to build a pond, enlarge an existing pond, re-construct the pond, stream or waterfall and/or improve the filtration system you may find that the same contractor you tried to book earlier in the year but were unable to because he was booked up will now be able to fit you into his schedule. You may find that he is now a little less expensive. It’s the old “supply and demand” thing. Now that it’s cooler less folks are thinking about their ponds and concentrating on the holidays or football. It’s starving time for seasonal businesses like ours. Take advantage while you can!

Now is a wonderful time to retrofit your pond with an external pump and make your pond less expensive to run and easier to maintain. Regardless of whether you do-it-yourself or have us do it, it is the one most healthiest thing you can do for your pond — just like quitting smoking is the one most healthiest thing you can do for your body, right Doc? Anyway, it’s a great Christmas gift for the one in your family who has to clean the pond each week.

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Whatsapp Pocket


No comments

Related Posts:

Certain biological processes must occur before a pond is fully seeded and balanced. Nitrifying bacteria must be present and working in the pond’s ecosystem before the pond can promote a healthy environment for aquatic life. New ponds will have none of those necessary biological processes in place. This creates a “New Pond Syndrome” that can be frustrating if the new pond owner is not equipped with knowledge on how to deal with it. Giving the pond time to develop these processes is the most important step and there are things that we can do to hasten the development.
Before ever starting on a pond there is one question you must ask yourself – "Do I want to ever have fish in my pond?". There is a big difference in the way a water garden and a fish pond are built. Fish need filtration (and an adequate amount of it!) while a garden pond, depending on how clear you want your water, can have nothing other than the plants themselves. Also, more maintenance is needed for a pond if you have goldfish or koi.
There are two terrific times to give your pond a good, thorough cleaning. One is in Spring and the other is in Fall after the leaves have already fallen. It’s not a task to be taken lightly. It’s wet. It’s dirty. The muck stinks and the bottom of the pond is slippery. Performing a major pond cleaning requires courage to start the ball rolling and a little muscle to get it done.
Components of a pond system are ugly. You’ll get no argument from me about that. The filter is a very necessary part of a healthy pond and the only filters we’ve seen that are easily hidden within the landscape (submersed and the side-skimmer) are not considered “good” filtration methods. Whether the “good” filtration method is a large settling tank nestled on the slope of the backyard or an egg-shaped canister seated on the hill just above the waterfall it takes imagination and a little ingenuity on the part of the installer or landscaper to make it blend into the surrounding environment. This is where the backyard pond mechanic is separated from the professional pond installer or landscaper.
Often writers of books on pond building reinforce a misconception that ponds should be built in the sun. Place the pond where you’ll enjoy it most keeping in mind the pros and cons of sun versus shade. Waterlilies bloom best in the sun but so does algae. Trees shed their leaves so ponds in the shade are typically harder to keep clean but nothing compares to the serenity of lounging by the pond in the coolness of the shade.
It’s amazing how little the average Joe knows about water and it’s behavior. What I know has taken me years to learn. It’s a plumber’s job to know what each valve does and which size hose should be used. It’s a pond professional’s job to know specific plumbing techniques used in pond filtering systems. Water flows can determine whether equipment on the pond will perform as they should or become expensive wastes of dollars.