The Q&A Archives: Concrete pond

Question: I just moved to my new home and I have an approximate 5

Answer: It sounds as though you have your work cut out for you. Probably the best solution is to bail it out with a bucket. Since you don't know what is in the water, you might suck up some debris and clog up a garden hose, but draining with a garden hose is a second option. Here's what I do. Attach a hose to an outside spigot with a quick-connect connector (inexpensive) and put the other end in the pond. Turn on the water to prime the hose. When the water starts to flow into the pond, unhook the quick connect and lay the hose on the ground. Turn off the spigot. The water in the hose will begin to drain out of the end, and will effectively drain the pond. When you've gotten most of the water out of the pond, scrub down the sides with a scrub brush and a little Simple Green. You'll have to wipe it out or drain it through the hose again. When it is sparkling clean, invest in a small circulating pump to place in the pond. With a circulating pump in the bottom of the pond you will be able to drain the pond periodically through a small hose you attach to the pump. You'll want to drain it before it gets full of muck and slime! If you keep small feeder fish in your pond, they will eat any mosquito larvae that appear.

Good luck with your pond!

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