Winterizing your pond begins in the fall, as water temperature is a big factor in determining when is the right time to begin the winterization process for ponds and other water features.
Tips to Winterize Ponds
DiSabatino Landscaping of Delaware helps homeowners to properly take care of their hardscaping and landscaping investment. That is why we suggest that you complete the following steps to prepare ponds and other water features for the winter months ahead.
How to Winterize Living Ponds & Other Water Features:
- Debris Control: Clean out all debris, leaves and silt from the bottom of your pond. The cleaner you can get the pond before freezing weather comes, the healthier your pond will be throughout the winter. Ponds need to be covered with netting in the fall. This netting should be well above the surface so leaves can be easily cleaned. Use a fine-weave aquarium net to sift out excess sludge and debris.
- Water Change: A water change can be done anytime, but it is much more comfortable if it’s done before the water reaches 60◦ Remember to use dechlorinator if your water contains chlorine.
- De-Icer: Use a de-icer to keep a section of your pond open to allow oxygenation and gas exchange. This does not warm the overall water temperature of your pond. A de-icer simply allows toxic gasses to be released and oxygen to enter the pond.
- Pump Care: When temperatures drop below 40°F, the main pump should be removed and filters thoroughly cleaned. Do not leave the pump running on the bottom of the pond. It will lower the temperature of the entire pond by disrupting the natural thermal layers of the pond water as well as adding extreme stress on pond fish.
- Plant Care: Trim and remove any dying plant material as it appears to avoid debris build-up. In this area, bring inside all tropical plants and set all hardy water lilies to the bottom, if the pond is deep enough to keep them from freezing to the bottom.
- Fish Care: Depending on the water temperature will determine what food you feed you fish. Cooler temperatures make it harder for fish to digest food properly. Though it is important for fish to bulk up during the winter months, it is imperative that they not be overfed. As this is a complicated topic, here are more intricate instructions on fish care.
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Accentuate Your Landscaping With These Standout Plantings
The first steps in any landscape design involve establishing foundation plantings to allow your home to blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. Then come the transitional plantings to bring your landscaping forward and provide a welcoming facade. If your landscaping is well-established, you may be wondering what comes next.
In most cases, the answer is accent plantings. Once you have a lush and beautiful foundation, use accent plants to create a focal point in your landscaping. There are many reasons you may want to create a focal point, and just as many strategies for using accent plants to achieve it.
We like these accent planting ideas for landscapes at any level of maturity:
- Accent with color. Accent plants should contrast with surrounding plants to draw attention. Consider planting small bursts of color along a border, or in clusters within a larger area of greenery to provide interest.
- Accent with shape or texture. Another form of contrast is the shape of your plantings, or their texture; you can add contrast by planting naturally interesting shapes or pruning foliage into shapes designed to draw attention. Planting a more prominent cluster of bushes among lower-lying foliage can provide a focal point for a larger expanse of garden area. Or, use taller accents to draw the eye through the landscaped area.
- Accent seasonally. Choose accent plants that will bloom at a different time of year than your background plants to provide interest against the background foliage. Or, choose plants that leaf early in the year or retain foliage later in the year to continue to provide interest after other plants have receded.
- Use accent plants to focus on architectural features. You can use color, height, interesting textures, or some combination of the three to draw focus to an entryway, stairway, or water feature. Accent plants used for architectural features should contrast with surrounding plants as well as the color and texture of the feature itself.
- Use potted accent plants. A great way to accentuate areas not normally conducive to plant growth, such as a set of stone steps or a home entrance on a patio or deck, is to place potted accent plantings on either side. You can also place potted plants with seasonal blooms along walkways, clustered near benches or water features, or to provide height to a dramatic front entrance.
No matter which features you wish to draw attention to, choose accent plants that provide visual interest by contrasting with your existing landscaping. Staggering clusters of seasonally appropriate plantings can continue to accentuate your landscaping year-round.
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