This year we got a wonderfully early start due to the unseasonably warm weather and went to work Easter weekend. It was in the mid 60's and fabulous!
So here is where we start... lots of nasty green algae as you can see. Fish are swimming happily about without a clue as to what their day is about to turn into
it's a big job and entails using a sump pump to drain the pond, power washer to clean and a lot of other stuff
Gotta go fishing
We have 3 large koi, 3 medium koi/goldfish and last year out of the blue we got 11 assorted babies from a few different parents in the pond I think! We farmed one out to my neighbor and we only had 5 greet us this spring. I'm guessing racoons may have had lunch out of the rest. :-(
Once we get all of the fish out of the pond (which is no easy feat with the little babies hiding in every nook and rock they could find) we put them in a giant trash can filled with yucky pond water and 2 air bubblers. That was our mistake last year, we didn't aerate the water and as a result lost our big koi. You can see 3 babies tooting around on top! This is their first spring clean and they are trying to figure out what just happened...
Tommy dons his waders and Mango lends a helping paw
Time for power washing as Buddha looks on supervising...keeping it "Zen" although I don't think Tommy was feeling much Zen during this ordeal
almost drained out and you can see the muck
the dogs find it all very exhausting...
part of the process is power washing and then sucking out the water again from the power washer. You can see how happy Tommy is doing this job
the end result... a beautifully clean pond, crystal clear water and no fish fatalities this year!!
the reward at the end of a miserable day in fish muck... well deserved!
We are crystal clean for another year and all is well in The Hoke Zen Garden. Now we get to enjoy the outdoor, backyard life!