HOW TO KEEP YOUR GARDEN POND CLEAN – For most gardeners having a pond is a great addition and really adds that real touch of sparkle, but keeping a garden pond clean is essential if you really want to enjoy your garden. There is nothing worse than the smell of a stagnant stinking pond to spoil you relaxation. In this guide we provide a number of solutions, practical advice and tips for keeping your garden pond clean and looking (and smelling) it’s best – you little fish will appreciate it as well.
Remove algae and duckweed from your pond on a regular basis. Algae and duckweed will quickly take over your garden pond if they are left to grow. Take a look at our Garden Weeds section as there are guides that specifically deal with controlling Pond Weed and Duckweed.
Remove any fish you have and place them in a bucket of water or tank until you have cleaned your pond.
Remove the pump and clean or replace the filters. Depending on how much weed you have in your pond you may need to actually replace the filters. Pond weed can really clog up a filter which in turn makes the pump work harder. It’s a good idea to check the pump filters at least once every week.
Remove any potted plants, such as water lilies and clean the soil of any algae off the pots and plants.
Drain the pond and clean out any soil on the bottom of the pond. It’s a good idea to give the pond liner a good scrubbing to clean off any algae. Once you’ve done this make sure you give it a wash down and then drain the pond to ensure that it is clean.
Refill your pond with clean fresh water and replace any plants. When it comes to reintroducing the fish, it is best if you place them in a clear plastic bag with water and then lower them in the fresh pond water. Give them a few hours to slowly acclimatize to the temperature of the new water. Placing fish from the water where you stored them, directly into the water that is colder can shock them and even kill them so do be careful.
Turn on your pond pump back on and make sure it’s working. If you want to reduce pond weed, especially duckweed it’s a good idea to introduce a fountain in your pond. This will aerate the water plus keep the surface water moving which really does help reduce algae and duckweed.