Spring clean outs and maintenance
After coming out of these hard Macomb Oakland Michigan winters, spring is the most exciting time of year and you just can’t wait to get your pond or water garden started for yet another great season. The first question should be does your water feature need a full clean-out this season or does it just need to be spruced up a bit? There are a few determining factors that can help you decide. First, is there a bunch of muck and debris on the bottom of the pond? Is there access algae growth that may not be able to be taken out manually and is the water is dark in color?
If so it would be a good idea to do a full clean-out.
If you do decide to do a full clean out the best time to perform a pond clean-out is in early spring, before your water garden completely awakens from its winter dormancy – the ideal time would be before the water temperature creeps above 55º F. If a clean-out is done when the water is warmer, after bacteria colonies the balance of the ecosystem will be thrown off and your pond will go through another “green phase” before the bacteria can re-establish again.
Each spring we send out contacts to our customers for Spring Clean-Outs and maintenance. The price of your clean out is determined by the size, depth, streams and or bog filters and how long ago the pond or water feature was cleaned last. If the pond or water feature has not been cleaned for more than two years, it will add additional cost to the job. When all forms are signed and turned in the customer will be put on a schedule per area (if you do not turn in your contract you will not be added to the clean out list). The customer will then be informed 3-4 days in advanced before we come out to do the job.The customer is responsible for leaving out any equipment necessary to get the pond back in working order along with having water and electricity back on for the season.
Due to weather conditions we cannot guarantee the day you were given. When our crew gets to the job site we begin to fill the fish storing tank or tanks with good pond water and drain the pond until it’s approximately 6-10” in depth depending on the size of the fish to be removed. When the water depth is to the desired level we then remove the fish and put them in the storage tank with a salt bath and aeration.
Once the pond is empty, we power wash the pond and pump out the dirty water. We do not power wash all the algae off because some algae on rocks will prove beneficial in developing your pond’s ecosystem. After the pond is power washed we then rinse all the rock and gravel until the water runs clear. While all this is being done another crew member will clean all filter boxes and skimmers and begin reinstalling all filter media and pumps and check all pond lighting and replace bulbs or fixtures at this time (this will be an added cost for material).
Next we begin filling the pond with the some of the old pond along with new water and add chlorine-chloramine remover. The last step is to properly acclimate the fish to get them ready to put back into the pond. We do this by using some of the old pond water from the tank and putting a few inches of new pond water in a fish container and let the container with the fish float in your pond. We then periodically begin adding small amounts of new pond water to the container to get the temperature the same as the water that’s in the pond. This will be less stressful to the fish. Before we leave we add a dose of bacteria in the skimmer and test run all pumps to make sure everything is functioning properly. We do not stay to fill larger ponds so the customer will be responsible for topping off the pond and starting it. For these ponds please leave out your aerators so we can run them in the pond so the fish are safe with good oxygen levels.