Winter Care Series: Part 3 - Plants

Posted by Bob Rogers on 9/18/2020 to News
Winter Care Series: Part 3 - Plants

In the third part of our Winter Care series, we’ll discuss plant life and how you can ensure they make it safely through the winter season. Once again, if you live in a region with very frigid temperatures, your needs will differ from those in less extreme climates.

Once you finish cleaning your pond (you can read about that in our previous two blogs), the next course of action is putting a fine-mesh net over your pond before the leaves begin to fall. However, this is only necessary until the trees are bare. Because some nuts, berries, and leaves may be toxic to your fish (like horse chestnut, for example), this is vital for their safety.

“Marginal” aquatic plants, or plants around the edges of your pond, should be trimmed by about two thirds once the winter frost begins to turn them brown. However, never cut them below the water level of the pond, as this could drown them and kill them.  Trimming them down is necessary as you do not want them to become a refuge for pests looking for winter shelter. Water lilies and other floating plants do not need to be maintained, as they are relatively self-sufficient, will die down and regrow by themselves once spring comes. Also, there is no need to fertilize your plants in the winter, as they do not continue to grow. For all of your pond needs, please visit our section of fish, plant, and pond care! 

Stay tuned for our final part in our Winter Care Series which will cover everything you need to know about taking care of your fish during the winter! If you'd like to prepare for that, get a head start by stocking up on all of the fish food you need for the winter!

For information about necessary equipment or taking care of your pond liners and stone, please check out the previous two blogs.