Maintaining Your Water Garden

By Cindi Sullivan

(LOUISVILLE, June 28th, 2004, 5:30 p.m.) -- If you have a water feature in your garden, Garden Talk expert Cindi Sullivan has some tips on cleaning it out.

One of the most important things that you can do for your water garden is to schedule an early summer cleanout.

Cleaning the pond early in the season is important because it will remove the excess ammonia and fish waste and can help you control problems with algae build up. To get the water garden good and clean, you've got to get it pumped out and empty first. So the fish go in a holding tank and the plants go to the side. The stream and pond sides should be pressure-washed to remove algae buildup and fish waste.

The water has to be dechlorinated as it goes back in. This is step is critical.

Cleaning out the water garden isn't particularly hard work, but it is wet and dirty work, so this is one of those instances that hiring a professional is a good idea for most people.

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