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Winter Pond Care is important to consider when getting ready to close your pond for the season. There are some key elements to winterizing your pond that should be done to ensure the start up of your pond runs smoothly when spring arrives. During the frosty months, you can either keep your pond, stream and waterfall running for the winter, or shut it down.
Winter Pond Maintenance is usually the determining factor in whether or not Central Ontario pond owners keep their pond pump running in the winter. The primary maintenance responsibility at this time is make sure there is enough water for the pump(s) to operate properly all winter long. A pond pump that moves at least 2,000 gph can be operated here in Central Ontario without a problem, as long as it runs CONTINUOUSLY. The moving water will usually keep a hole in the ice around the waterfalls, and in front of the skimmer.
There is nothing more breathtaking than a waterfall covered with ice formations and snow during the winter. However, you must be careful with ponds that have long or slow-moving streams. In such cases, ice dams can form and divert water over the liner.
If you choose to shut your waterfall down and take out the pump for the winter, you’ll need to replicate the effects of the waterfall by keeping the pond oxygenated.
Since we do get sub freezing weather here in Ontario, you should take the pump out from the skimmer and store it inside for the winter in a frost-free location. You will also need a floating de-icer in order to keep a hole in the ice. A bubbler pump placed on the pond shelf will also agitate the surface enough to keep a hole in the ice through aeration.