A winterizing checklist for backyard ponds in Wichita, Kansas & Midwest Great Plains
Should I leave my pond pump on in the winter?
If ice on your waterfall will cause water runoff or freeze-thaw damage to rocks, you must shut off your pump. If you shut off your pond, you must add a heater or de icer to create a breathing hole in the ice.
How do I prepare my pond for Winter?
We recommend completing the following pond winterizing tasks:
Keep Skimmer Box strainers free of leaves and algae
Clean Filter Pads in Waterfall Box
Remove and shock hair algae from Water Features
Remove settled hair algae and scum from water garden
Add winterizing bacteria and enzymes
shut off your pump if ice on your water feature will cause water runoff or freeze-thaw damage to rocks
Keeping Koi and Plants Alive in a Frozen Pond
Healthy koi fish and goldfish will rest on the bottom of the winterized pond. They will stay alive and survive, becoming active again in the spring.