- Remove any leaves and debris left over from the previous season.
- It may also be a good time to do a partial water change or add water to the pond. Make sure to condition tap water with Aquascape Pond Detoxifier which makes tap-water safe for fish and plants.
- Time to get the pond running; if you have removed your pump for the winter, simply make sure it is clean and ready for operation. If your pump has been left in the pond over the winter months, it’s probably due for a good cleaning. Remove any debris surrounding the pump and also clean the impeller. Depending on what type of pump you are operating, it is also a good idea to remove the impeller and clean inside the impeller opening. Most pumps that don’t start immediately in the spring can be easily fixed with a good cleaning. If the pump doesn’t run right away it can be soaked overnight in a mild, acid-like white vinegar or CLR. Rinse off the pump and it should be ready for operation. Remember … never to run the pump dry. It must be submersed!
Coldwater Beneficial Bacteria can be added all winter as it has specially formulated strains of bacteria that work in cold water temperatures up to 60°F, with a peak performance between temperatures of 35°F to -40°F. Once temperatures are above 60°F you can transition over to Aquascape Beneficial Bacteria for Ponds, dry or liquid.