Fall & Winter Pond Maintenance
Serving Virginia in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford Counties and Surrounding Areas
Pond, Waterfall & Water Feature Fall & Winter Maintenance Services Contractor
308 Cambridge Street Fredericksburg, Virginia (VA) 22405 – Also Serving the Spotsylvania & Stafford County Surrounding Areas
Pond & Water Feature Netting Services
Pond netting is sometimes needed in this area of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania & Stafford County, VA when excessive leaves have the potential of making their way into your pond. If your pond is in the direct vicinity of large trees then you will want to consider netting your pond. This needs to be done before the first frost or usually sometime in October. Fall netting is an easy process. A net is stretched across the pond and anchored with rocks and/or pins. It is best not to have the net resting on the water surface since it will be difficult to remove with all the debris on it. Once all the leaves have fallen then the net is removed for the winter.
Pond Plants Pruning for Fall
In the Fall your pond plants are thriving from their summer growth. However, soon the winter freezes will cause all that beautiful lush foliage to turn brown and ugly. If left unattended to, this foliage will die and fall into the pond causing excessive mess and eventual cleanup in the Spring. Therefore, Virginia Water Gardens recommends pruning all pond plants to within 1 inch of the water surface. This process should be performed after the first frost or sometime in November.
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Not only do we design and build beautiful garden fountains and water features, but we can also service and maintain your investments to keep it looking beautiful all year. Pond, waterfall, fountain and water feature service and cleanouts are our specialties. We service over 100 clients annually, so you can trust us to get the job done right.
Our Water Feature Clients Are Amazed With The Changes That Happen In The Frosty Winter Months
We are based in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, Virginia & offer winter pond maintenance. You may want to shut your pond down for winter. We offer winter pond maintenance, and pond cleaning service so your pond can enter ready for winter.
Simply removing your pond’s excess debris and adding Aquascape Activated Pond Carbon should set you up for the winter. Living in Virginia, you will begin to see ice formation. This is what most of us in the area will see, and we’ll spend the next few months longingly viewing our ponds from indoors.
During these frosty months, you can either keep your pond running for the winter, or shut it down. To shut your pond down, first unplug the pump, pull it out of the pond, and store it in a frost-free location, submerged in a bucket of water to keep the seals from drying out.
The bottom line for winterization is maintenance. Roughly 70 percent of pond owners in the colder climates decide to shut down their system, because they don’t enjoy tending to their water garden during the bitter months of the winter. The aesthetic rewards of the winter pond are absolutely worthwhile, so by all means; don’t be afraid to keep the system running as long as possible. Shutting down a pond during winter is also an option. Just be sure you take precautionary measures to preserve fish, plant, and pump life.
Our geographic area experiences long periods of exceptionally cold weather here in Virginia, the pump won’t be enough to keep a hole open in the ice, and you’ll want to consider adding a floating Aquascape Pond De-icer. Controlled by a thermostat, the unit only runs when the water temperature is at or below freezing, heating only the surrounding water to just above freezing, and then shutting off again.
The best thing you can do if you live in extremely cold climates is to incorporate a combination of the pump and floating deicer. Be sure to position them so the two units are not near each other, otherwise the Aquascape Pond De-icer will run continuously in order to heat the that water that’s constantly being circulated by the pump.