Although pool covers will be on for the duration (fall through early summer), the good news is your pond ‘netting’ cover will only be there until autumn’s leaves have fallen.
This is because your pool needs to protect pipes and other pool equipment. But your pond can be enjoyed even during frigid snows. (More on that in upcoming blogs.)
One thing does apply to both these water features, however. Falling leaves and twigs etc. can do harm.
In the case of the pond, too much debris collecting at the bottom will leave sludge on its floor. Over time, the build up can become so thick it can affect the pond’s depth and alter the water quality.
Simple pond netting, put up in advance of peak autumn foliage, will capture the leaves and other debris.
“Of course it’s best to put up the netting before the leaves drop,” says Deck and Patio’s Dave Stockwell. “However, if some leaves have already fallen in, a long-handle pond net can be used to scoop out the debris before covering it with the net.”
Dave adds that if you’ve had some buildup, there are natural pond cleaners that will break down accumulation from previous years.