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Pond Maintenance
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welchp    Posted 04-28-2002 at 05:57:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a small spring feed pond 25' x 70' and have a problems keeping it clear of leaves in the fall. I live in a wooded area and each year the pond fills up with the leaves. It takes me several weeks of hard raking to get it cleaned up. The deep section never gets clean and has become a muck area of about 4ft of water and 4ft. of leaves. With all the debris the spring is flowing much slower and many of the fish die out in the winter. Any good ideas on how to clean or keep it clear of leaves. I am currently developing a three point rake but that will only help near the edges. Please send any sugustions to Thanks.

welchp    Posted 04-29-2002 at 17:11:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dennis,Thanks for the reply but too much debris for the old bedspring trick thats why I am working on the rake. Has anyone tried a trash pump for this type of pond cleanup?

Ludwig    Posted 04-30-2002 at 06:59:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seems like if the pond is that small you could
just pump 'er out and clean it that way. I
wouldn't want to do it often, but how long has it
been? Then once you've got it kinda clean
maybe the bedspring trick will keep it that way.

Valerie Cox    Posted 09-08-2002 at 11:43:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a garden pond about 12 x6 How is it best to maintain it and what time of year should I reduce the plantation? Also, should I leave the pump running through the winter months?

Dennis    Posted 04-28-2002 at 08:08:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try an old time set of bedsprings, the type w/o any cover. Drag the bedsprings slowly through the pond with a tractor or truck. Put the springs on one side if the pond and the puller on the other. This should clean out the bottom area and cost nothing. Just do it in widths the size of the springs.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 04-28-2002 at 08:14:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dennis, you are a genious! What a great idea!

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