I normally prepare my ponds and streams for the coming winter in mid-October. Yesterday I donned my insulated chest waders and climbed into the largest of the four ponds. I spent about an hour cutting off all of the plants below the waterline and trimming back the overhanging growth around the edges. I sank the containers holding the water lilies to the deepest part of the pond. Most everything else has naturalized in place and I no longer relocate them to deeper water.
It was 92 degrees out when I climbed into the water. I don’t ever recall having temperatures this warm this late. It’s supposed to hit 94 today and I still have the three smaller ponds to do. I may forego the chest waders and just go in with swimming trunks. I will put the leaf nets in place over each pond as soon as all of the plants are trimmed. Anyone else doing their ponds yet?