Fall Pond Preparation – Plants

Pond plants are a wonderful addition to any pond and we’ve talked about all of the benefits of having them. However as fall approaches many folks wonder what to do with them. The video below will help a bit in this effort and maybe clarify a few things that will make your fall pond preparation a bit easier.

Got any other fall pond plant tips? Share them below if you’d like!

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10 Responses to Fall Pond Preparation – Plants

  1. helgapiro October 5, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    Mark, thank you so much for the pond plant tips.
    I got some very nice lillies earlier this year from a neighbor and he also suggested to trim the plants (brutally, as he said) and submerge them in the deepest part of the pond. Will do.
    My fish will be transfered into a huge plastic container in the garage, equipped with a bubble stone and a floating heating ring.
    Mark, earlier in the spring, it was the very last time that I had to get on my belly to fish out the stringy algae. No more of that since I am using PontBiotix.Thanks again and have a great winter.

  2. Mark October 5, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    Thank you Helga!

    Be sure to have a great winter yourself…if there is such a thing:)

  3. Diane October 6, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    Hi Mark,
    I have had my pond for 12 years now and have had my trials and tribulations with it over the years. I can’t thank you enough for all your pond tips because I am always learning from them. I live in southern Ontario and it does get pretty cold here too. I still have 6 of my original koi that I started with twelve years ago along with my lilies and hardy plants. I have no luck with hyacinths in the house but I have even had parrots feather come back in the spring by potting it an putting it in the deep end as well. So far my pond has never frozen more than a few inches deep and my fish hibernate in the deep end (3 ft) in the winter. I turn off the waterfall but keep air stones going and use a pond de-icer as well. Your advice is right on for me. Thanks again. Diane

  4. stasurak October 6, 2010 at 3:52 am #

    Thanks for the video Mark. These timely little tidbits have been helpful with cleaning up my pond. I added a significant amount of plant material this year, mostly lilies and water hyacinth. What really took off. However, was the water mint (?) which took over a full 1/4 of my pond. I’ve had this plant in the pond three years and it is incredibly hardy, having been frozen solid each winter. Between the plants, a few snails and the bioballs, my water was clear 95% percent of the pond season here in Pennsylvania, regardless of temperature; a first for the five years we’ve had it going. This despite having 4 koi over 20 inches and three other fish. Now the problem, as you stated is getting this stuff out in a timely fashion. Would you suggest composting whatever may not be viable for next season.
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    Thaks again,
    Paul

  5. yogazone October 6, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    Thanks so much for your video. I bought one pond plant (91-gallon pond) on special at the end of the season, and my turtle likes to bask near it. I’m going to follow you suggestion on treating it as annual for this year, since my pond is so small. I’ve used your pond algae beneficial bacteria for two months and my pond now has a clearness to it. Thanks for this wonderful, affordable product.

  6. Mark October 6, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. I appreciate it.

    Paul – I think you’re idea of composting is a great idea! Good going with your pond this year.

    Mark

  7. BarbaraLI October 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    Good information, thank you. I don’t believe you covered the oxygenating plants. I have quite a few. Should they be left in the pond?

  8. Susie Goode October 6, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    Hello, I have a pond about one-hundred fifty gallons and have always taken my fish in. This year I bought a stock-tank heater and am going to put this in my pond and keep my koi’s out for the winter. Hopefully this will keep it from freezing. We had a farm and used this to keep the cattle tanks from freezing. I am going to cut my water lillies back and after watching your video also my water Irises. Thank you so much for all your tips. Do I need to cover my pond also? Thank you Susie

  9. mkfrye October 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    A video suggestion…dividing water lily bulbs. A video presentation would be very helpful when compared to write up that are generally available.

  10. Mark October 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    Hi Barbara…I think all plants should probably be cut back or removed since as they die off, they’ll pull oxygen, or add to the organic loading in the pond…both of which you don’t really want.

    Hi Susie..sounds like you’re doing a lot of things to get ready there…in terms of covering, it’s not a bad idea if things are going to get really, really cold where you are. If there are any other pond owners in your area, you might check with them…often these folks are your very best resource of all.

    Hi Mark…thanks…and here you go:)
    http://golfwize.com/pastheme11/2010/10/09/dividing-water-lilies/

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