Hail, how it affects your pond

Hail, how it affects your pond

Now and then here in Colorado we may experience hail.  Several things that can happen from hail storms:

  • A lot of hail can suddenly drop the temperature in the pond.  Some hail is not big deal but if you have excessive amounts floating in the water you may want to consider scooping as much as you can out so that the fish don't suffer such temperature fluctuation.  (imagine someone dumping ice water on you!)
  • Exposed liner can be damaged by hail.  Protect it by covering it with rock and gravel. Liner needs to be completely protected from the harsh rays of the sun, from the freeze and thaw cycle and from hail.
  • Hail can cause leaves, branches and other debris to drop in the pond.  Get out what you can and make sure to dump the skimmer basket a couple extra times to make sure it doesn't get clogged with leaves caused by a hail storm.
  • Lily pads can be damaged.  Cut off damaged leaves at the base of the plant.  They will grow back!
  • Excessive rain and hail can upset the balance of the pond ecosystem.  Give it an extra dose of beneficial bacteria.

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