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Ponds - When to Clean it Out

NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,535

I have a pond at home with mature yellow irises and it has been in situ for @ 11 years .........6 foot by 3 foot 

? When is the best time in the  season to take out the plants , reduce them , clean it and restock

There are still some tiny froglets in the grass on the lawn

Advice please friends

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,148

    Hi NewBoy - most people reckon autumn because of dormancy of plants. If it's mainly the irises that need splitting, I'd get them out now and divide them. It shouldn't do them any harm - they're pretty indestructible.

    When you empty the pond, just get as much of the contents as possible into containers so that all the wildlife have a temporary home. Just remember that you need a certain amount of gunk in the bottom for all the creatures who live there. If it's building up too quickly, you may need to adjust the amount of oxygenators you have in it and also be wary of any debris that's adding to it. Leaves are the usual issue so net early enough to keep them at bay, and remove dead foliage from pond plants before they get a chance to settle at the bottom.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • It's not normal to empty a pond completely unless you have a leakage problem.  You risk disturbing the resident wildlife for no good reason.

    You can take out your clumps of iris and reduce them according to your is probably as good a time as any.

    If you really have to empty the pond completely, put all the water and the mud/debris through a sieve..........that way you stand a chance of saving any small creatures but remember, as Fairygirl says, you do need to put a layer of mud back in the bottom of the pond before you re introduce your salvaged creatures.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,148

    You're right philippa - I should have commented on the emptying of the pond too, but I was in the same position myself with a neglected pond at my last house. You wouldn't have known there was a pond it was so choked with debris. Good management is the key - keeping excess stuff from getting in.

    Hopefully NewBoy will be able to keep on top of that in future image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Yes seems to happen when you move to a new don't realise there IS a pond there until you walk on what appears to be a damp messy area and slowly begin to sinkimage

    Just as you say, prevention is better than cure.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,148

    Sometimes it's damage limitation philippa!

    My ex partner had no idea there was a pond there. We had a big pond that fed into this one, but this just looked like an overgrown bed. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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