Step 1. In mid-late March or early April, remove the netting used to cover your pond during the winter.
Step 2. Place your plants in the proper areas of your pond. Please refer to our ‘Aquatic Plant Care’ Tip Sheet. Start fertilizing your plants with aquatic plant fertilizer. By now, you should see new green shoots growing in most pots. Don’t worry if you don’t see growth from every plant yet!
Step 3. Remove sediment from the bottom of the pond (leaves, twigs, etc. that may have slipped through the netting) with a fish net. As long as the pond was properly winterized, there should not be much difficulty here (if you experience difficulty, refer to the cleaning process outlined in the ‘Winterizing Your Pond in the Fall’ tip sheet.)
Step 4. If you have a pond pump, and have removed it for the winter, place it back in the pond for spring and summer use.
Step 5. If there has been evaporation during the winter, add water to the pond to fill it to the top. Add de-chlorinator to the water, as necessary, based upon the amount of new water added.
Step 6. When the water temperature starts warming, your fish will become more active. You may begin feeding them floating fish food when you notice this activity. Refer to question #24 in the ‘Common Questions About Water Gardening’ tip sheets for information on feeding your fish.
Your pond is now ready for the growing season. Happy water gardening!
Please remember, even though your pond may be crystal clear upon opening, it is very typical for it to develop an algae bloom (green water) in the spring. As long as it is stocked with the correct water plants, it should clear naturally.
In order to achieve a balanced pond, it is necessary to have 2/3 of your pond surface covered with plants (lilies, hyacinths, water lettuce) along with the correct amount of oxygenating plants on the bottom of your pond, depending on its size. When the previously-listed plants grow enough to do their jobs (found on our “Plants” page,) your pond water will become clear. If your pond water does not clear up after 4-6 weeks, you may need to cover more of your surface water with plants or add more oxygenating plants to the bottom of your pond. If executed properly, this formula rarely fails.
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