Pond maintenance -
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No pond is totally maintenance
If you have a well designed pond with a
low maintenance filtration system you may only need 10 to 15 minutes, once or
twice a month.
Ideally a full pond clean should be
done as infrequently as possible. Full
clean outs mean that you need to start all over again and it takes time to
establish a natural ecological balance in the pond.
Partial water changes, of about 10%,
can help to freshen things up and gives an opportunity to siphon out some of
the pond debris.
The 5 Keys to establishing an ecological balance....
- Choose plants from each of the 5 Pond
Zones (see Zone Map) to create a well balanced selection.
- Don't add more fish than
your pond and filter will support and don't over feed your fish.
- Choose the right pump to circulate the
- Choose the right skimmer and biological
- Lots of rocks and pebbles to create a
habitat for beneficial bacteria.
Preventative pond maintenance
maintenance is generally better than a full overhaul. Oz Watergardens has not only the set benchmark
as a producer of waterlilies and pond plants, but we also help people with
their pond maintenance and can also overhaul
those that are out of control.
- Build up of leaves.
- Build up of silt and mud.
- Invasion of weeds.
- Over grown plants.
- Plants turn yellow and die.
- Smelly water.
- Fish start to die.
Some of the key steps to a full pond
on the plants you may need to remove them from the pond. Waterlilies have their leaves supported by
the water and need to have their stems supported as you lift, to avoid
the plants in temporary buckets, or in a shady position to prevent them drying
grown plants can be cut back and divided just like many other perennials.
the more vigorous new shoots of the divided plants.
some newspaper in the base to prevent soil falling out the drainage holes of
a heavy Loam soil, not a sandy soil. We
mix some of the Oz Watergardens Aquatic planting mix in as it holds onto
nutrients and helps to keep it in the plants root zone rather than leaching out
into the pond water where the algae grows.
with some Oz Watergardens slow release fertiliser tablets placed in the soil.
the plant in the centre of the container and back fill with soil to keep it in
dress the soil with some decorative pebbles so that the fish can't dislodge the plant and muddy
up the pond.
considerate of the environment by disposing of the excess plant material safely
and not allowing it to become a weed in our waterways.
the pond pumps, fountains, filters and under water lighting.
all parts clean with a soft brush. Some
disassembly may be required to get to the serviceable parts.
for damage and wear to leads.
that pump impellers and fountains are not blocked.
the filters by washing the sponge or mesh in some of the pond water, so that
you don't kill off the beneficial bacteria.
filters if damaged.
you have a U.V lamp as part of your filtration system, carefully clean the
glass housing. Replace the globe every
12 months as they lose their effectiveness if they are not clean and operating
at full strength.
the underwater lighting. Clean the
lenses and replace globes if required.
out the water using buckets, siphon hoses, pump or pond vacuum.
If fish are present, try to net
off an area to prevent the fish from being scooped out.
are easier to catch when the water level is lower.
some of the pond water in buckets to hold the fish.
the fish with a net. Not an easy task.
Avoid using your hands, but if you need to, make sure your hands are wet
with pond water.
the fish to your temporary pond/bucket.
for some elbow grease.
the sludge. This is high in nutrients
and is great for the garden.
there are rocks and stones, they may need to have the algae washed or scrubbed
pressure spray and/or scrub out the pond.
for any damage to the pond lining which may become potential leaks.
Once clean, we can start to put
everything back in.
the pond pump, fountains, filters and lights.
can partially refill the pond with water while replacing the plants. As the water rises slowly there will be less
stirring up of soil from the newly repotted plants. If you wish to wait until the pond is nearly
full with water. Water them thoroughly, then
slowly lower the plants into the water as you place them in.
filling with tap water, you should add a water neutraliser like the Clearpond
Pondstart, for the chlorine and test the pH.
Ideally the pH should be between 6.5 and 7.4. Adjust if necessary. pH balancing tablets are an easy way to
adjust the water to a safe level.
you wish to fill with rain water, you may need to consider the source. In an industrial area there may be
pollutants. Water collected from Zinc
roof tops may be too high in Zinc and older houses with copper guttering may
also be a problem. Rain water is often
described as soft water. In nature this
water would run down streams and rivers and would collect minerals which would
dissolve in the water. Hardwater is high
in minerals. If you have clean rain
water, we suggest that you add some Oase Hardness Plus to make the pond water
more like nature intended.
filled, test the pump, fountains, filters and lights. Leave the pump operating in order to circulate the water and to also
aerate the pond.
the buckets containing the fish into the pond without tipping them in. Leave
them for a time so that the water temperature in the bucket/s equalises with
the pond water, then slowly tip the bucket of fish into the pond.
As Australia's largest wholesale producer of waterlilies and other pond
plants, we are the industry leader. As
such, we are recognised as the main source of information that people look to
for guidance. To book a consult please feel free to contact us on (03) 9737 9663 or via email
Oz Watergardens is currently working with the Nursery Industry and Government
departments to update their databases and help people understand how to
recognise aquatic weeds and what they should do to help control the risk
of potential aquatic weeds.
We also look towards and work with other businesses that back their
products and that have a proven record in the aquatic plant industry. Oz Watergardens have developed their own
brand of Pond plant fertiliser tablets. We recommend and use OASE and Clearpond pumps, filter systems and pond products.
We also provide onsite consultancy (within Victoria) and with all the
experience of growing more pond plants than any other business in Australia,
who better to tell you how to care for your pond plants or advise you on your pond maintenance.
We can even develop a step by step program for you.
Pond plant rejuvenation
and pond cleaning
People who are looking to re-pot or rejuvenate their pond plants can find
all the information that they need in our Tips and Hints section. If you are not confident doing it yourself or
you don't like mud, we can do it for you.
We can even teach you onsite (see
our TV segment on The Garden Tap).
We believe that it is important to provide the best information to help
people make the best decisions. Weed
identification is important in the care and maintenance of the pond, as well as
the protection of the environment. Pond
health is also improved through the use of quality products, pond treatments
and the appropriate pond maintenance being
undertaken at the right time.
Seasonal pond maintenance,
care and advice...
Check out our seasonal maintenance guide to pond maintenance.
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handy tips and reminders on what you need to do each season.
Whether you need a full drain and clean, leaks repaired or a new fountain pump, we can help!
To find out more about what Oz Watergardens Pond Services has to offer, check out our Pond service website
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