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    Arrow Natural pond cleaning.

    Hi, this is my first post here so first off hi everybody. I'm in the process of finally cleaning our natural pond at the top of the garden. We moved into the house a few years ago but this is the first time we have drained the pond. Here are some photos of current progress.

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    As you can see there has been much gunk and trash to remove. We have basically been going through a process of removing the gunk and then throwing clay to the walls.

    My main question is does anyone have some advice on a DIY floating skimmer that can handle a large leaf and pine needle ammount? The pond is about 35m long and 10m wide at the widest point. Wind blows leaves to either one end or the other so I thought a floating skimmer could be moved each end as needed so it had less work to do.

    Raz

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    Good to see you here. (This is Larz1 from the Malaysian Forum). Hopefully a few of our inventive folks will come along to help you bounce a few ideas around

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    skimmers for leaves

    That is going to be a gorgeous pond when you are through. My pond is not nearly that large, but I find just a long pole with a pool type skimmer net works on mine. That would be good for around the edges of your pond, and you keep easy to reach things off the pond. As far as a regular skimmer type I have no real ideas. Sorry I would consider putting a netting across the pond though, just to keep it out of the pond in the first place. We have netting on ours, and it's black and not too noticeable.
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    Netting a pond that measures 115' x 33' is no small trick, I don't care who you are

    Raz, Maybe posting up a few shots of the pond when it was full would help to give people a better sense of perspective and scale. It looks a lot different full than it does drained

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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaBear View Post
    Netting a pond that measures 115' x 33' is no small trick, I don't care who you are

    Raz, Maybe posting up a few shots of the pond when it was full would help to give people a better sense of perspective and scale. It looks a lot different full than it does drained

    Sure, here are pictures taken last year in June...

    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond01n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond02n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond03n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond04n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond05n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond06n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond07n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond08n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond09n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond10n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond11n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond12n.jpg
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    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond14n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond15n.jpg
    http://unibios.free.fr/pond/pond16n.jpg

    Its changed a bit since these pictures, we added the new bridge and also build up the bank to make a path around to the back side which enables you to walk all around one section of the pond which you could not do easily before.

    As far as the cleaning goes today its been a real Friday 13th. First thing this morning I wanted to go to shops but the car decided to pack in. Then once we started the cleaning I realised we saved the worst side until last . Many branches, humus and broken glass to which I took a bad cut to the end of the finger. This side is going to be real slow work. I'll get a picture up a little later of the progress.

    One question though, the side we have semi filled back up has turned the water a grey color which is clay particles, about 6cm visability currently. Any ideas how long this will take to settle, it seems having the aeration on makes it worse also so I'm in too minds to turn that off until the water clears some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaBear View Post
    Netting a pond that measures 115' x 33' is no small trick, I don't care who you are

    Raz, Maybe posting up a few shots of the pond when it was full would help to give people a better sense of perspective and scale. It looks a lot different full than it does drained
    The 33' part wouldn't be impossible, and maybe just the problem areas? Wasn't suggesting the entire thing, anyway. Otherwise, cut some trees.

    Mine is 22' long and I'm considering doing that shade cloth structure over mine to keep the leaves out. I have noticed the pond supply place I shop at has those shade cloth coverings over their entire lot, which is huge. Can't wait to see those pictures of it full. My connection is too busy at this point to see it. Gotta wait a few minutes here.

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    I already have a couple of 3m poles with skimming nets and they do a good job providing you can do it before it rains and the leaves sink. In fact I only have one pole now, I used one with a large net to catch a koi and it broke the end of the pole

    For us a net over the pond is a no go even if it were possible to build the structure, you see we get ducks come to the pond from time to time and I just know if I had a net we would have trouble with them getting caught.

    I do plan to remove some birch trees though from one side so that will help. There is one I would love to remove but the wife has forbid it for now.

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    Razoola, I do not envy you in the pond maintenance part, but that is an outstanding and wonderful pond. Of course you have to protect the ducks, and the tree your wife wants to keep. (Wives are like that) Cutting back the trees is probably the best option for you. I have two trees that are not on my property, but are next to my pond, and on several occasions I have threatened to sneak over there in the middle of the night and cut them down. Spring and summer not too bad, but in the fall they are a huge problem. And they have those extremely tiny leaves that almost instantly fall to the bottom. On some days I'm out there scooping out leaves practically on an hourly basis in the fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glitterfin View Post
    Razoola, I do not envy you in the pond maintenance part, but that is an outstanding and wonderful pond. Of course you have to protect the ducks, and the tree your wife wants to keep. (Wives are like that) Cutting back the trees is probably the best option for you. I have two trees that are not on my property, but are next to my pond, and on several occasions I have threatened to sneak over there in the middle of the night and cut them down. Spring and summer not too bad, but in the fall they are a huge problem. And they have those extremely tiny leaves that almost instantly fall to the bottom. On some days I'm out there scooping out leaves practically on an hourly basis in the fall.
    I must admit the cleaning is beginning to take its toll. I wanted to try and get it finished this week but its just not going to happen, we were on track to do it until we saw the last section. I do know though that once its complete and filled with water again we are going to have a real feeling of a job well done, its going to be worth it.

    I just wonder if there is anything I can do about the lillies that are still in mud but out of the water. Will there be ok like that for a few more days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razoola View Post
    I must admit the cleaning is beginning to take its toll. I wanted to try and get it finished this week but its just not going to happen, we were on track to do it until we saw the last section. I do know though that once its complete and filled with water again we are going to have a real feeling of a job well done, its going to be worth it.

    I just wonder if there is anything I can do about the lillies that are still in mud but out of the water. Will there be ok like that for a few more days?
    Razoola, the last time we cleaned our pond, my husband took our lilies out of the pond, and part of all the plants died. I have a child's swimming pool to put them in (he neglected to do that).... and that is what I would recommend. My lillies did recover, but keeping them fully in water is a must. Hope that helps.

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