How to Spring Clean a Garden Pond
Getting the pond up and running is one of the most rewarding spring tasks that I do because I get immediate results. By the end of the day I can enjoy the sight and sound of cascading crystal clear water. Yep, spring is official once the pond is back in action.
The best time to open a pond or water feature is in early spring when the water temperature is above 50° F (10° C).
Check List for Cleaning a Pond in Spring
- Remove debris such as leaves and twigs with a pond net.
- Remove half of the water by disconnecting the pond pump so that it drains out of the pond rather than recirculating the water. You can also use a clean out pump for this.
- Remove debris and excess sediment from the bottom of the pond. Don't worry about getting it spotless, you want some organic matter to remain to add to the beneficial bacteria.
- Check the pump and remove debris caught in the intake.
- If you have a skimmer box, clean the net and rinse the biological media.
- Rinse the filter pads. Filter pads usually last two years, but if they tear easily, replace them.
- Turn on the hose and let the water run for a few minutes to clear the pipes before refilling the pond.
- Add a chlorine eliminator to remove chlorine, chloramine and any harmful metals found in tap water.
Supplies for Cleaning a Pond in Spring
- Pond Net – Use to remove debris.
- Clean Out Pump (optional) – If your pond pump won’t work to remove water use a clean out pump.
- Laguna Pond Vacuum – This tool makes it easy to clean the bottom and sides of your pond. And it’s powered by water not electricity. Neat!
- Cleaning Brushes – Small brushes are handy for cleaning inside the pump.
- Vinegar – This is an earth-friendly cleaning solvent for pump parts.
- Garbage Bags – You are going to dredge up some yucky stuff so you’ll need somewhere to put it. Quickly.
- Spare Filters – Have a replacement filter on hand in case the existing filter needs changing. You can always save it for later.