A very important job in the Spring is backyard pond maintenance and the spring cleaning is your ponds the most critical job of the year. The winter debris and leftover plant materials need to be removed to insure a healthy ecosystem for the upcoming year. Potted pond plants should be removed split and re-potted if they are left to their own they will quickly take over the pond and the roots could do damage to the liner.
While you are cleaning the pond it is also a good idea to place rocks and gravel that has shifted to it original places and be sure that everything looks just the way you like it to.
After winter freeze and thaws you may notice that the water seems to be disappearing from the pond a lot faster than it use to indicating the pond may have a leak. The real question is how are you going to find where the water is escaping there are probably a lot of rocks and gravel and it could be under any of them.
One trick I have found that could save you hours is to fill your pond and then turn off your water fall for a couple of days. Watch the water level and see if goes down if it does not drop or it is negligible, then turn on the water fall and watch it for a couple of days if you see a large change the leak is in the water fall system.
There is a good chance that the rocks in your water fall have moved because of freeze and thaw and is diverting water over the side oy your pond and even a small amount of water will add up quickly. You should also check your supply line and the skimmer box and weir for craks as well.
The sooner you get the pond cleaned up the better. A few warm days is all it takes for algae to take off. A well balanced pond should be able to take care of it’s self but a few to many fish or too few plants can cause an imbalance which can quickly throw off the whole system. Keeping your system in check will greatly reduce the amount of work you will need to do. So be sure and pay attention to the maintenance and your pond will look good all season long.