A pond can serve as a unique addition to your garden and can enable you to add a variety of aquatic plants to your landscaping. If you live in a climate that is cold during the winter, it is essential that you prevent your pond from freezing if you have any kind of fish living in it or have pipes connected to the pond that can freeze and burst. Keeping your garden pond from freezing is moderately easy to do.
Add insulation to the walls of your pond to help the water retain heat. It is easiest to insulate the pond during construction, but you can insulate your already constructed pond by draining the water, putting up the insulation and then refilling the pond.
Install a pond heater in your garden pond if the water is likely to freeze over or if you have fish living in the pond. A heater will allow you to keep the water at a predetermined temperature 24 hours a day throughout the winter.
Keep the waterfall, if installed, running during the winter. Though a pond waterfall will work against the heating process and make the temperature of the water cooler, the constant running stream will keep the surface of the pond from freezing over.
Keep your pond filter and pump running throughout the colder months of the year when the water is most likely to freeze. The filter and pump will keep the water in the pond moving at a constant rate, which will decrease the likelihood of the water freezing.
Use the pond net to break up chunks of ice as they form at the surface of the water. By breaking up the ice when it is barely formed, you will prevent the pond from freezing through entirely.