I probably should title this one “Late Edition” since it’s getting out to you this late in the month. Couldn’t be helped though. I fully intended getting it done last week be-fore I left on what was supposed to be an enforced long weekend for me. It turned into a l-o-o-o-nger almost a week-end than expected. But I’m back and trying my best to get got up.
It’s Spring! We’re doing our best to get our ponds and yard up to snuff but the Oklahoma weather is not cooperating. We’ll get there though and I suspect you will too.
Fish and plants should be available beginning in May. Typical-ly I wait until the confirmed last ’freeze date’ to even bring plants in then it takes a few days to get them all planted and set out for you. Some, like the floaters, may be ready a little earlier, depends on the weather between now and then. Fish won’t be available until May 18th, the date of our “Plants/Fish and Lage” class. I’ll have them sooner but they have to be quarantined after we receive them to in-sure they are safe for your ponds.
Things are starting to bloom here in the yard, mostly weeds but a few Tulips and some kind of purple ground cover. I’ll bet your yard is looking the same. As for the ponds, they are turning green faster than we can get to them. By that I mean be-fore we can do the partial water changes and begin to adjust the bac-teria. Many of you are coming in requesting algaecide. I personally think it’s too early to begin relying on chemicals; your pond needs some time to shake off the af-fects of Winter and begin the balancing act for the Spring and Summer seasons. Filtra-tion is the key. Get your media cleaned and filters backwashed and begin feeding bacteria to them as quickly as possible then be very patient. Give it a couple of weeks and Mother Nature will begin to assist you by allowing plants to grow using the nutrient rich water which will starve out the algae. Right now, that stringy stuff is your friend helping to maintain some sort of balance against over-toxicity to your fish.
Always be humble and kind
Not so much as a Tip or Trick but a shameless plug for the newest filter we now stock. The picture above is the GC TEK (Grand Champion Technologies) Pond Keeper 2500. It comes com-plete with pump, UV light, Blower, Filter and pad. It has been pre-assembled at the plant and all parts marked so it’s an easy install for the homeowner. Perfect for your water garden.
Classes SPRING/SUMMER 2019 SCHEDULECheck the schedule for start times. All classes are free and open to the public. No advance registration required. More classes added each month. One Pond Dollar awarded for each class. Attendees receive a 10% discount on all purchases that day. We train rain or shine in the only indoor pond training facility in the U.S.
Military (Active or Retired) and Water Garden Club members
receive a 10% discount
(If you remember to tell us up front! Not after you’ve already paid.)
Valid for Pond Pro Shop purchases only