Welcome to the BTL Knowledgebase. Ever since we started lining ponds, creating covers, and helping people with their projects, we've gotten asked a lot of questions. Many of these questions are repeatedly asked, so we put together the BTL knowledgebase to help answer any questions you had about a particular subject. We are adding new questions every month, so continue to check back often!
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Can koi ponds survive in winter?
Koi are a hardy fish that are more likely to survive through the winter cold.Read More
Do I need to add chemicals or bacteria to my pond for the winter?
Green organic growth, like algae, will be much less likely to grow in water below 45 degrees.Read More
When should I cut back pond plants for the winter?
You'll want to begin trimming back marginals and removing tropical plants a few weeks before the first freeze.Read More
How do I overwinter a water hyacinth?
Water hyacinths are able to survive the winter through USDA plant hardiness zones 8 through 11.Read More
What floating pond plants can survive winter in a pond?
Some floating plants, like hard water lilies, pickerelweed, and marsh marigold are winter hardy and less likely to die as the cold weather rolls in.Read More
How do I winterize my pond lily
In late summer or early fall, stop fertilizing your water lilies entirely. This lets their system know that cold weather is approaching, and will encourage the plant to grow tubers which provide food for them throughout the winter.Read More
Do fish go into hibernation?
Fish don't hibernate persay, but they use other instinctual tactics to survive the period of cold temperatures and lack of food.Read More
Can I add fish to a pond in the winter?
Late spring and summer are the best time to add fish to a pond.Read More
How deep does a pond need to be for fish to survive the winter?
This depends on your location, and how deep the ice tends to grow into the water. This also depends on what kind of fish you choose, and how much room they need to thrive.Read More
What do you do with an outdoor pond in winter?
Winterizing your pond will protect your water quality and the health of your fish and plants even through the cold of winter.Read More
Do turn my pond pump off in winter?
Pond pumps can be kept running through the winter in places with mild winters. In colder places, pumps are removed from the pond and stored safely until spring.Read More
How do I close my fish pond for the winter?
Shutting down or preparing your fish pond for the winter is typically referred to as 'winterizing' your pond.Read More
Why do they drain ponds in winter?
Typically, people drain their ponds for the winter when their worried about ice damaging equipment or the pond liner itself.Read More
Should I drain my pond for the winter?
Whether or not to drain your pond depends on how cold it gets in your area, the size of your pond, and how much time you're able to dedicate to its upkeep.Read More
How do I prepare pond plants for the winter?
Some plants can be cut back and will rebloom in the spring, others will need to be removed and placed indoors or in a compost pile.Read More
Should I clean my pond before winter?
Yes! Cleaning your pond before winter protects your plants and fish from gases formed by decomposing organics.Read More
Can fish survive the winter in a garden pond?
Certain kinds of fish are much more prepared to deal with the freezing temperatures of cold winters than others.Read More
How do I winterize a waterfall?
Waterfalls with submerged pumps are likely to do better than external pumps during cold winters.Read More
How should I design my pond to overwinter fish?
The first step in setting up a well-prepared pond for winterizing is in the design. Good job on considering this early!Read More
I have no fish. How do I winterize my pond?
With no fish friends to worry about, winterizing becomes a much simpler chore.Read More
Should I winterize a koi pond?
Koi are quite hardy during winters, but they need some preparation to come through it in good health.Read More
Do I have to winterize my pond?
It's ultimately your choice whether to winterize your pond - you may want to consider how cold winters typically get in your area.Read More
When should I winterize my pond?
The timetable for winterizing your pond depends on how extreme your winter weather is.Read More
How do I winterize my garden pond?
It doesn't have to be a big chore to winterize your pond. Primarily, you're going to do a thorough fall cleanup.Read More