First Autumn - leaves galore.

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    morewater President, Raccoon Haters International

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    Toss a couple of those big-ass yoga balls in the pond to keep the net suspended over the water surface, blow-up beach balls, etc., etc.
     
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    To prevent snakes from being caught up in a net with tiny weave, I bought a net with weave which is actually too large, but at least there's no danger to the snakes that have always hung around the pond.

    Unfortunately, it does mean netting leaves out of the pond, and sometimes the leaves clog the pumps. It's not fun going into chilly water to clean out pumps. The fish probably aren't thrilled about it, either.
     
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    How did you make that? So cute!
     
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    Now that you mention it, I recall seeing something like that! Good idea!
     
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    I have a fine mesh net, as I had a huge Cedar tree over my pond....till it came crashing down last Spring :( I'm using cement blocks around my pond, with which PVC pipes, so my net will be slightly elevated...which could be a good thing for frogs etc. However, my primary reason for doing this, is I'm covering my pond this winter.
     
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    you can use window screening also .
     
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    Not to steal the thread, bu i s it OK to use a net to scrape leaves off the bottom of a rubber lined pond with a pool net?
     
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    I think a lot of us use pool nets
     
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    Yes
     
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    Sure. I use a pool net for leaf removal. As long as there are no sharp metal edges that could damage the rubber liner, it's fine.
     
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    I like that idea!! We just put the net on the pond last night (in a windstorm, I might add--happens EVERY year when we finally have time to trim back the plants and get the net on) and we were trying to think about how to raise the net off the surface of the water a bit.
     
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    I bought "Garden Flag holders" and suspend the net a couple of feet off the water. I have a 16x12 or so pond and use 12 of them. These are the things you see people put in their gardens to hold a banner saying "Vegetables" or whatever. Menards had them for about $6 each.

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    morewater President, Raccoon Haters International

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    Use rebar and zip-ties.

    Go away, laze on a beach.

    Drink gin.

    Who cares?

    When you come back in the Spring, it really is just the same routine.

    It's a pond.
     
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    My leaf net in action. All these leaves are just from the past 24 hours! :eek: All of this would be clogging up the skimmer box or sitting on the bottom of the pond. It's not perfect--some of the pine needles from the nearby trees still slip through--but it keeps about 95% of the leaves out of the pond. I scooped these leaves off the net after I took the photo--took me about 5 minutes.

    leaf net.jpg
     
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    Ok, my attempt at putting s net on the pond has been a disaster. I made a bamboo frame and zip-tied a net to it, placing it over the pond. I had a gap of about 4 inches in height at either end so that birds and frogs could get in and out. I think the net has caught 4 leaves in the whole of winter and there are now more leaves in my pond than water, I think. This is after me spending 3 hours a couple of weeks ago picking them all out.

    I don't knwo whether to just leave it for now and deal with it at the end of winter or whether to put the hours in keeping on top of it.

    I have a litter-picker that I use for some of it and I grabbed a clump of leaves from between two rocks and got a frog by the leg. Nice to see he's in there, still.
     
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