Best way to keep leaves out of the pond?


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Here is my net set-up. It's a little hard to see, but the poles are tall at the back of the pond and the net slopes down at a steep angle on the other side. The leaves mostly roll down to the low end, where we can easily blow them away.
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Elevated net with a slope on it so the leaves blow away in the direction of the prevaling wind PLUS a good skimmer.
 
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Roughly $20 in PVC pipes and fittings at Home Depot
 

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All the ideas above are great. Depends on how tall you need your net to be, but I have used the small decorative metal garden fences to raise my net and then I stake the net to the ground.

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Last year I had to free small birds on a daily basis that was caught in my net...for one I couldn’t get to in time and died :( I finally just kept it off and I was scooping leaves out everyday. MOST did not come from above but were blown in by the wind.
 
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Last year I didn't install my net due to a death of a close friend.
I regretted it because my pond was a mess. I netted tons of leaves from the bottom come springtime. I had also lost two big koi. I don't know if that had anything to do with it, I have a couple of thoughts on that. Maybe the leaves literally took up too much space or the decaying leaves had an ill affect on the water chemistry.
 
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Last year I didn't install my net due to a death of a close friend.
I regretted it because my pond was a mess. I netted tons of leaves from the bottom come springtime. I had also lost two big koi. I don't know if that had anything to do with it, I have a couple of thoughts on that. Maybe the leaves literally took up too much space or the decaying leaves had an ill affect on the water chemistry.
The decaying leaves use up oxygen in the water. The decaying process uses quite a bit of oxygen. Also the leaves of some plants have oils in them which are not good in excessive quantities in ponds.
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The decaying leaves use up oxygen in the water. The decaying process uses quite a bit of oxygen. Also the leaves of some plants have oils in them which are not good in excessive quantities in ponds.
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Thanks for that information. I didn't know that about the decaying process.....good to know!

I always have my air stone running, but as I said, those koi I lost were quite large. Massive in fact. So there very well could have been a decrease in oxygen.
I now have two air stones running and my net has been up for a while. I had it up before the leaves began to fall.

So, to the poster that was hesitant on installing a net....maybe you should rethink that idea.

All the years I've had nets on my pond, I've only had to rescue one songbird. Maybe keep a few birdbaths around your pond to help the birds out. Hopefully the birdbaths will thaw out once in a while with some direct sunlight.
 
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Thanks for that information. I didn't know that about the decaying process.....good to know!

I always have my air stone running, but as I said, those koi I lost were quite large. Massive in fact. So there very well could have been a decrease in oxygen.
I now have two air stones running and my net has been up for a while. I had it up before the leaves began to fall.

So, to the poster that was hesitant on installing a net....maybe you should rethink that idea.

All the years I've had nets on my pond, I've only had to rescue one songbird. Maybe keep a few birdbaths around your pond to help the birds out. Hopefully the birdbaths will thaw out once in a while with some direct sunlight.
Also worth noting that air gets into water through a variety of means. A waterfall is often better than an airstone for adding air as the surface area of air to water is enlarged a lot with a decent waterfall. So in winters areas where waterfalls stop due to climate the amount of air exchange drops vastly as soon as the waterfalls stop. I do think that netting is the best solution during autumn when most leaves are falling.
 
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Thanks for that information. I didn't know that about the decaying process.....good to know!

I always have my air stone running, but as I said, those koi I lost were quite large. Massive in fact. So there very well could have been a decrease in oxygen.
I now have two air stones running and my net has been up for a while. I had it up before the leaves began to fall.

So, to the poster that was hesitant on installing a net....maybe you should rethink that idea.

All the years I've had nets on my pond, I've only had to rescue one songbird. Maybe keep a few birdbaths around your pond to help the birds out. Hopefully the birdbaths will thaw out once in a while with some direct sunlight.
Biggest fish have the greatest oxygen demand and often suffer first when O2 levels are low
 
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Good information again concerning oxygen. I turn my waterfall off for the winter. I don't want to chance water pouring onto the ice and out of the pond.
Yes, those big koi were butterflies 10+ years old and well fed, so they were quite big. One was completely orange with gorgeous flowing fins. The other, one of my favorites, had a very cool color pattern. It was black and orange with black around it's eyes. My daughter called it the devil fish.
 
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Always sad when fish die. Some lessons learnt is always good though for the future.
 
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Got a small to medium sized lined pond and the previous owner of my house planted a lilac tree behind the pond which overhangs it. It looks lovely and we don’t want to take it out but obviously the leaves drop straight into the pond at this time of year.

Should we fashion some sort of raised netting over the pond to catch them? Is that the most efficient way to do it? The frogs and birds both use the pond so can’t block that access but also don’t want it to look too terrible as it’s part of the view from our lounge. Thanks.


Been doing this for many many years! Currently I use a cross bar also. Takes the snow and leave free.
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Got a small to medium sized lined pond and the previous owner of my house planted a lilac tree behind the pond which overhangs it. It looks lovely and we don’t want to take it out but obviously the leaves drop straight into the pond at this time of year.

Should we fashion some sort of raised netting over the pond to catch them? Is that the most efficient way to do it? The frogs and birds both use the pond so can’t block that access but also don’t want it to look too terrible as it’s part of the view from our lounge. Thanks.
When I put my net over the pond one year it's black and barely visible, the frog jumped and started bouncing off the net like a trampoline. Pretty funny actually. he took off for friendlier environs.
 
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My net setup (in post #21) has been known to collapse a bit when it gets covered with heavy snow, but it always bounces back up when the snow goes away!
Next time I will use 1" pvc instead of 3/4".

I see member Barryian has pretty much the same setup.
 
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Hello there,
I have an 8,000 gallon pond with two skimmers.
I also have two wisterias covering my patio. They are dropping leaves and wind blowing like crazy.
I simply turned up the two skimmers on pond. They should be emptied daily but dont always get to it.
This also creates the problem of the fish food getting sucked up quickly and Im always finding small babies ( fish ) caught in skimmer also . Knowing babies are most likely in the skimmers urges me to check it and empty it more so all is good but seems one solution always creates another problem. Good Luck
 
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I don't like netting, birds get caught in it and sometimes if it lays on top of water fish get stuck, I have a pond cover built by my carpenter. Its a wood frame that sits a foot above the pond and is covered in hexagonal chicken wire. I have 12 150' oak trees, it works great.
 
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I don't like netting, birds get caught in it and sometimes if it lays on top of water fish get stuck, I have a pond cover built by my carpenter. Its a wood frame that sits a foot above the pond and is covered in hexagonal chicken wire. I have 12 150' oak trees, it works great.
Do you have any pics? I’m trying to visualize this!
 
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I'm attaching a photo of my custom built small pond leaf wood & chicken wire
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cover. I add the black garbage bag to the top in the spring so the strong sun won't turn the water green until the canopy of leaves goes back on the trees. One pic is it on its end for summer storage. I use a black metal mail box to hold a small net and fish food.
 
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