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Urban Water-Quality Management - Winterizing the Water Garden


426-042 (HORT-125P)

Authors as Published

Lynnette Swanson, Extension Agent, City of Norfolk 
Laurie Fox, Horticulture Associate, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center 
Mike Andruczyk, Extension Agent, Chesapeake 
Susan French, Extension Agent, Virginia Beach 
Traci Gilland, Extension Agent, Portsmouth 
Reviewed by David Close, Consumer Horticulture and Master Gardener Specialist, Horticulture, Virginia Tech
    cover, Winterizing the Water Garden

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 Water gardens require maintenance throughout the year. Preparation for the winter months is especially important for the survival of both the aquatic plants and the wildlife in and around the pond. Some plants will not tolerate winter weather and must be removed from the pond while cold-hardy plants need only to be completely immersed in the pond. Debris such as leaves and dying plants must be removed, especially if there are fish in the pond. Fall is the time to take action. Prepare the pond for the winter months by managing the plants, cleaning the pond, and monitoring the water conditions. If treated properly, many aquatic plants and wildlife can survive in the water garden for years. 


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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.


March 19, 2015