Soggy Signs of Spring

At my house, spring isn’t signaled by the first robin or Otis (resident groundhog) venturing out for a peek at his shadow. At my house, it’s all about the fish.

Yesterday hit 60 degrees, a freak of February between the snow and sleet. The pond responded with a lush bloom of algae that Chris and I set out to clean yesterday.

Pond maintenance is hard work, for sure. We started yesterday by peeling back the net and shaking out the wet leaves over the back fence. The next couple hours were spent taking turns alternating between the pond vac and using a long metal grabber to pull errant leaves out from between the rocks. All of the movement flushed out first the two goldfish and, finally, each of our five koi. By this time next year, they won’t be able to fit so easy beneath a single rock.

Once our backs were too sore to go on, we cleaned out the skimmer and then treated the pond with a cup of Algae Fix. Last step was cleaning the vac, before picking leaves out of the net and leaving it to soak in a bucket of detergent.

Today the fish are sticking their heads out again, so I’m feeling hopeful that spring truly is just around the corner!

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