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.