Fall is right around the corner, and the big question is: How To Net Your Pond For Fall?
If you are looking to learn how to net your pond for Fall we have some simple steps to help you get the best results. Pond netting is done in the Fall for several reasons. Two of the primary reasons to net your pond is 1) to stop the leaves from falling into your pond and 2) to keep hungry predators from feasting on your beautiful Koi. Autumn is often glorious with stunning vistas of trees bearing multicolored leaves beckoning us to come outside and enjoy the crisp autumn air. However these very same leaves if left in your pond, can break down over time and emit gases that can be harmful to your fish. For these reasons, some homeowners choose to net their pond either for the autumn season or for the entire winter to help keep their fish safe all winter long.
Here are the steps to follow to know exactly how to net your pond for Fall.
- Remove annuals and tropical plants, like Lilies and Banana plants.
- Cut back all hardy plants. Cut them to just above the water surface.
- Rebar cut into 2-foot lengths is then placed around the pond. Push one foot into the ground and have one foot above.
- The end of one black PVC pipe is then inserted into the rebar and the PVC pole is arched across the pond, looking like a hoop, the other PVC end is inserted into the rebar on the other side of the pond.
- The net is then stretch across the PVC poles and anchored into the ground with sod staples.
The amount of rebar and PVC poles you will need to net your pond for fall will be determined by the size and shape of your pond.
How to Net Your Pond For Fall is just the beginning…
Helpful Tips we have learned Along the Way
- When netting your pond; consider cleaning out the filtration system at this time. This fall cleaning will help ensure that your pond is in good order to withstand whatever ole’ man winter has up his sleeve and gives you a bit of a jump start come Spring.
- Cutting back the hardy plants to just above the water’s surface is a good practice so your plants don’t drown and then when spring rolls around and you are planning your Spring planting, you will know where your hardy plants are located.
- Netting your pond without using PVC poles to elevate the leaves may seem like a good idea at the time but learn from our earliest mistakes. The leaves on top of the netting are very heavy and chances are you will rip your net when trying to remove it. Also, if your net is laid across your pond and the leaves accumulate (and they will) the organic debris you are trying to keep from getting into your pond is breaking down above your pond and may start causing some of the poisonous gases to start forming.