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2018 October Newsletter


Getting Ready For Winter

It’s getting to be that time of year again. Taking the necessary steps to prepare your pond for the colder months will make your spring maintenance that much easier.

Remember that lettuce and hyacinth are annuals in the pond and need to be removed before they mush and sink to the bottom. It’s also a good idea to to turn your UV sterilizer off by October 15th. You can do this by unplugging it. The light bulbs in the UV are only good for 365 days. If turned off by winter you can get two springs out of one bulb.

When the water temperature reaches 45 degrees most of the bacteria in your bead filter dies back. It’s then safe to drain and clean the filter.

As leaves and pine needles begin to fall it’s also a good idea to go into winter with a clean skimmer. Complete cleaning instructions can be found at Cleaning Your Skimmer.

Read how to winterize your pond here.

Paying attention to these important tasks will insure that your expensive filter equipment continues to work properly!

If this all seems like too much work, Falling Water Designs offers Fall Prep as part of our Maintenance Plan. Contact us here to schedule your prep for Fall/Winter Prep.

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Rick Perry installed his first pond in his parents garden when he was only 15 years old! Ponds were built out of concrete back then. His parents still own that home and the original pond has been expanded and rebuilt twice, as the technology in pond liners, pumps, and filters continued to evolve. Rick’s love of water in the garden never went away and for over 16 years he continued to install ponds in his own homes and those of his friends and family. After someone suggested that Rick could make a living off of doing what he loved, Falling Water Designs was born. Rick has been involved in the water garden industry longer than there has been a water garden industry. He is very excited by the continuing innovations that are making it possible for every homeowner to enjoy a low maintenance, affordable water feature in the garden. Rick has been interviewed and featured in Koi World Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Water Features for Every Garden by Helen Nash.