Carter's Water Garden

Water Gardeners Fall Checklist
November 15, 2011, 9:12 am
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I publish a Seasonal Maintenance checklist for every season each year. I hope this helps you with the enjoyment of your Water Feature! Viva la Autumn!

Plants and Debris: Remove leaves, plant debris and other organic matter. Large amounts of leaves and debris settled in the bottom of your pond can cause poor water clarity over the winter which is harmful to your fish. It can be a breading ground for fungi and or harmful bacteria and parasites. If you don’t have a dipping net, get one! This will make your life so much easier.

NETTING: Netting your Water Garden during the fall will help control leaves and debris and checking your skimmer regularly during heavy leaf falls will keep your pond in proper working condition. This will also make your SPRING cleanout easier.

FISH HEALTH: When water temps reach 55 to 60 degrees switch to low temp fish food available at Carter’s Nursery. Their metabolism slows down during lowering temps and LOW TEMP FISH FOOD will be easier for them to digest. It will also extend YOUR season with your Koi! I am still feeding my fish and it’s the middle of November! When you end feeding you should always follow up with a Medicated fish food.

BACTERIA: When temps drop down to around 55 o 60 degrees you can switch to Low Temp Bacteria for a healthier pond and an easier start up in Spring. Using Low Temp. Bacteria is one of the BEST things you can do to help your Winter Pond!

If you have questions, Call the Nursery at 731-424-2206

Now get out there and ENJOY this great Fall weather!

– Mark Carter