Winter pond tips for zone 1, 2, & 3

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    shane_sda

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    Please let me know if you live in any of these zones. Tough to be a ponder with these temps. I know. I would like to hear what your up too. Thanks.
     
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    DrCase Moderator Moderator

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    Re: Calling all 1, 2 and 3s

    Bump .... This post is to share your northern winter pond care tips
     
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    Re: Calling all 1, 2 and 3s

    Thanks for the support.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Re: Calling all 1, 2 and 3s

    You may want to change his title to Calling for all zone 1, 2 and 3 winter pond tips.

    that will catch attention better.
     
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    Re: Calling all 1, 2 and 3s

    Last year I built a cold frame around my pond. Kinda like a mini greenhouse. I plan on doing the same thing again next week. I will take some photos and post them. I am in Milwaukee, WI. I think I'm zone 4 or 5, not quite as cold as a 1, 2, or a 3, but we still get some pretty cold temps.

    Last year the cold frame worked really well. I actually kept the pond nearly ice free all winter. In comparison all of the small natural ponds and rivers by my house were frozen thick enough to walk on if not completely frozen through.

    The version I built last year was just a series of PVC pipes anchored to the ground and hooped over to the other side. Then I put some 4 mil plastic over it and held it down with rocks. I will be trying to build a "better" version this year. Hopefully with some kind of "door" so that I can check on things a little better. Maybe I'll make it tall enough so I can go inside and enjoy my pond in subzero temps...

    Here's my original post about last years cover. There are some pics.
    https://www.gardenpondforum.com/my-winter-cover-t4752.html
     
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    Re: Calling all 1, 2 and 3s

    Wisconsin has everything from 5b to 3a. Nice. Lake effect? Quite the range.
     
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    Re: Calling all 1, 2 and 3s

    Not sure on the door.
     
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