Water features are an essential part of your landscaping. Whether you have a fish pond or a stunning, cascading waterfall feature enhancing your curb appeal, it’s important to preserve this feature when the weather gets a little cooler during the fall and winter seasons.
Small water features often include structures such as a fountain or bird bath. While you may assume that these features only require minimal care, you’re partially right. Small water features may take up less space, but you still need to drain the water and cover the fountains and bird baths. It’s recommended that you clean the feature thoroughly to remove any mold or water spots. Water features with pumps, though, do require more careful planning. If the Georgia weather is expected to dip below freezing, make sure your pumps are submerged in water. Store a lightweight, small water feature in a dry area, such as a garage, shed, or indoor basement.
While you may love to admire the fish or plants occupying your large water features, when fall and winter roll around, it’s necessary to winterize the features. Begin the process by weeding and cleaning plants within the large water feature. As the weather cools and the temperature drops below 55 degrees, stop feeding any fish within the water feature. Tropical plants should be stored in watertight buckets to avoid damage.
If you have fish living in your water features, invest in a bubbler so the water maintains proper oxygenation. When the Georgia weather gets colder, you may also want to add a floating de-icer to the large water feather to further protect the fish.