Step 1. In 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. If you need help with plant placement, please refer to our plants page (link to plants) for more details. 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, dirt, etc. that may have slipped through the netting) with a fish net. This should be a quick and easy step, provided that the pond was properly cleaned and netted in the fall. (If not, refer to the cleaning process outlined in the ‘Winterizing Your Pond in the Fall’ (link to winterizing page) tip sheet.)
Step 4. If you removed your pond pump for the winter, place it back in the pond for spring and summer use.
Step 5. If there has been evaporation over the winter, add water to the pond to fill it to the top. Add de-chlorinator to the water 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. Refer to question #24 on the ‘Common Questions About Water Gardening’ page (link to common questions) 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 in the spring for it to develop an algae bloom (green water). Do not panic! This is a very normal process that can happen every spring. Many additives, both natural and chemical, are available to help you achieve clear water without spending an abundance of time or effort to do so.
In order to achieve a naturally balanced pond, it is necessary to have 2/3 of your pond surface covered with plants (such as lilies, hyacinths, and water lettuce) along with the correct amount of oxygenating plants on the bottom of your pond. When the above-listed plants grow enough to do their jobs, your pond water will become clear. If your pond water is not clearing up after 4-6 weeks, you probably will have to cover more of your surface water with plants or add more oxygenating plants to the bottom of your pond. This formula rarely fails if it is executed properly.
All products and accessories discussed in this tip sheet are available at Aquatic & Garden Decor.