Pond netting is often used to help keep leaves and other debris from falling into the pond. Such debris is not only unsightly, but as it decomposes, it releases various compounds that stimulate algae growth or threaten fish health. Large accumulations of dead leaves are often associated with ponds that experience significant "winter kill".
The mesh size varies widely from manufacturer to manufacturer, and sometimes even within the same product line. Good pond netting will have a mesh of no larger than 1/2" - 3/8" is even better. Finer mesh can catch not only leaves, but even some larger seeds like acorns and those Maple tree "helicopters". Coarser pond nets are more appropriate for helping keep fish from jumping out, but even then the netting needs to be suspended well above the water.
In addition to keeping leaves and other debris out, pond netting can also be used to help keep fish in. New arrivals in particular are often prone to strolling around the patio instead of finding a comfortable place in the pond. We generally keep new arrivals covered for at least the first week.
Pond netting also discourages some pond pests and predators especially herons and other birds. For this purpose, a smaller mesh and colored net will be more easily seen, so the pests will be less likely to get themselves wrapped up in it. Please contact us if you have any questions on Pond Netting.
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