Swimming pond care

Swimming ponds need care: If you simply leave it to yourself, you endanger the fragile ecosystem and may receive a green, foul-smelling scum. We will show you how to keep your bathing pond fresh all year round.

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Swimming pond care: Contents

  • Spring: remove plant care and Mudde
  • Summer: check swimming pond water level
  • Autumn: remove leaves from the bathing pond
  • Winter: Keep swimming pond free of ice, sweep snow

Spring: remove plant care and Mudde

In the spring, the water plants at the pond must be cut back. The same applies to the underwater plants. Over the winter, a thin, flaky layer of sediment, the so-called Mudde, forms on the bottom of the pond. Due to the bathing activity which starts in the summer, it is whirled up and clouded the water, so it is undesirable.

For smaller installations, sludge extractors can be used to clean the mud, and larger ponds can use a broom attached to a long pole. Effective is also the combined use of a sludge sucker with a broom: With the broom, the sediment deposit can be fed to the sucker; the cleaning is much more thorough.

Ducks in the pond are actually nice to look at but may develop into plague in the months of February to April. Her droppings bring Zerkarien into the pond, the causative agent of the harmless but annoying bath dermatitis. The ducks should therefore be expelled as far as possible; However, they come especially at night or in the early morning hours to the pond.

Summer: check swimming pond water level

In summer, the water level of the swimming pond can sink by one to three cm per day due to the bathing activity, but above all due to sun and wind. If the water level drops too far, water must be topped up to protect the bank plants from dehydration.

Autumn: remove leaves from the bathing pond

Swimming pond care: swimming

Swimming pond care: swimming

In autumn, leaves fall into the pond and serve the algae as food: they are happy about it and multiply strongly. A leaf net stretched over the pond prevents the leaf entry and ensures a slowed algae propagation. The net should be stretched from October to the end of November.

As a tip:
Anyone who regularly visits ducks in the pond can also use the net as an "anti-duck net" in the spring.

Winter: Keep swimming pond free of ice, sweep snow

Swimming pond care: pond

Swimming pond care: care

If the swimming pond freezes too long, too much carbon dioxide forms under the surface of the water as there is no longer an exchange of oxygen with the air. With a special bubbler or Eisfreihalter you can effectively protect the pond from freezing.

An additional problem is snow: the sudden "darkening" of the frozen water surface causes the underwater plants to suspend photosynthesis. It therefore makes sense to keep at least the riparian zone in the range of one to 1.50 m snow-free - it is better still to keep the entire pond ice-free.

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