As the nights draw in and the clocks go back, Autumn is a time to settle in and prepare for the lower mercury of Winter. Your pond also needs to get ready for the upcoming cold, frost and low activity. 
  • Reduce the quantity of food feed to your fish as winter approaches. Change their feed to a more suited diet that is digested more easily at these lower temperatures. Using a pond thermometer will help you make sure when you should be feeding your fish and how often.
  • Treat your pond before the water temperature falls below 12°C with a broad range parasite treatment (e.g. Interpet Anti Parasite) as any fish harbouring parasites over the winter will be untreatable due to the lower water temperatures.
  • Cut back all submerged pond plants so that they do not die during the cold winter months and pollute your pond. Using Oase Pond Pliers and Pond Shears will make this job much easier.
  • Cut back all marginal plants and remove all rotting material from the water.
  • Remove any floating plants from the pond or feature and protect them in frost free conditions.
  • Cover your pond with a suitable net, if not already covered, to catch the autumn and winter debris from the garden.
  • This is a good time to install pond and garden lighting to extend the hours you have to enjoy your pond or feature as the days get shorter. 
If you have any questions about the best care for your pond in the next few months, our staff in store will be happy to help guide you.