At last, everything is blooming, the weather is warming, the birds are making themselves known by song! With everything beginning to wake and turn green again, this is the time to consider the health of your pond. Naturally, build up of debris occurs in your pond from both the fall and winter seasons. Clearing out that debris to ensure that your pond has what it needs to flourish is an important part of the landscaping process.
Depending on the state of your pond, it may need one of two treatments: A full cleanout or simply tidying up. To determine which action is best for your pond, consider the following:
1. What’s that smell? Naturally, odors occurring in the spring time mean that the pond is beginning to return to life, much like your property and the flowers and trees beginning to bloom. If an unpleasant smell is coupled with a layer of gunk on the pond floor, it’s time for a full clean out.
2. Ew. That’s gross. Back to that layer of gunk. Build up occurs when leaves fall from the trees as the seasons change. After months of cold disintegration, a layer of thick gunk may form on the bottom of your pond. This layer should be removed and properly cleaned to ensure that your pond will be as successful during the warmer months as it always has been.
3. That color isn’t found in nature. If your pond has taken on a dark, murky quality, it’s time for a full clean out. The change in color may be due to the layer of gunk mentioned above or could have formed thanks to bacteria introduced during the fall and winter months.
4. I don’t remember it being that shape. If large blocks of debris have clouded the shape and size of your pond, we will begin by the removal of those items to determine what level of cleanout is required.
The best time of year for a cleanout of your pond is early spring before the water temperature rises high enough to inspire another breakout of bacteria. Here at 5280 Landscaping & Design, we will take the time to determine what level of cleaning your pond requires. Draining the pond to ensure that the bottom is rinsed is critical to have a fresh ecosystem for the new season. If fish are a part of your pond, they will be carefully removed and cared for until they are returned into their home. The filter (if applicable) will be thoroughly cleaned and returned.
Contact 5280 Landscaping & Design today to discuss your pond cleaning needs. We would be happy to survey the property and give an estimate on both time and cost for your spring cleaning. Allow us to bring this accent back to life and weather begins to warm and outside entertainment is on the horizon. Feel free to discuss any additional landscaping project ideas you may have with our experts. We’d be happy to make your landscaping dreams a reality this year, be it patio construction, deck enhancements, or simply lawn maintenance.