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Basin in winter: what to do?

Basin in winter: what to do?

Whether natural or artificial, the pool enhances the garden. We love its fish, its vegetation and sometimes its originality. A pool requires maintenance all year round, but since winter is in full swing, this is the season that we will focus on. And to provide you with the most accurate advice, we went to Truffaut where Pierre, one of our favorite advisers, was waiting for us.

Should a pool be maintained in winter?

Obviously the answer is yes! In your ornamental garden, a pond, natural or artificial, is maintained all year round, every season. In winter, your role will be to protect it, clean it, preserve it but also to protect your fish if you have them.

What exactly should you do?

Start by turning off your fountains and your jets so as not to damage them. If possible, disassemble them. Also remove all devices that fear frost such as UV filters and solar pumps. Remove all dead plants and remove fallen branches and leaves. This stage is repeated throughout the winter.

But we can't get rid of all the plants?

Not just dead plants. The others, such as the Gunneras and the canes of Provence must be protected. You should therefore mulch them with dead leaves, wood chips or a tarpaulin. If you have water hyacinths, the ideal is to bring them in.

Is it possible to cover the pool?

No it is not a good idea. All living organisms, plants and any animals, must breathe. If you cover your pool, you will lose them! However, there are anti-leaf nets that will protect your garden.

But if it freezes, the fish can't breathe?

If you have fish in your garden pond, maintenance is different. Be aware that fish hibernate in winter. Also, as soon as the pool temperature is below 10 ° C, you should gradually stop feeding your fish. However, make sure they can breathe by partially breaking the ice covering your pelvis.

How to break the ice, what methods do you recommend?

Above all, do not throw stones or stones into the pool. You risk injuring your fish. I recommend pouring hot water and then enlarging the hole with a shovel or just a stick. It is also useful to plant several sticks in the basin, this prevents the ice layer from being uniform.

How often should the basin be monitored?

You should monitor and maintain your pond every week, every two weeks after the leaves stop falling. If you have fish, be very careful! Go and see your pool with each jelly.