A Guide to Opening Up Water Features

Honeysuckle Nursery Opening Water Features

Opening water features requires some important steps to ensure that your feature is in optimal working condition as the warm season begins.

As the warmth of spring approaches and nature awakens from its winter slumber, many homeowners turn their attention to their outdoor spaces. Among the various elements that add tranquility and charm to a garden or backyard, water features stand out for their ability to create a serene ambiance. However, these features often require attention after the colder months to ensure they function optimally and look their best. In this guide, we’ll explore when and how to open up common water features, allowing homeowners to embrace the beauty of flowing water once again.

When to Open Up Water Features

The timing of opening up water features largely depends on the climate and the specific characteristics of each feature. In regions with milder winters, homeowners may opt to open up their water features earlier, while those in colder climates may need to wait until the threat of freezing temperatures has passed.

Generally, the ideal time to open up water features is in early spring, once temperatures consistently remain above freezing. This timing allows for any winter damage to be assessed and addressed promptly while ensuring that aquatic plants and wildlife have a chance to thrive as the weather warms up.

Opening Up Common Water Features


  • Start by removing any debris that has accumulated on the surface of the pond during the winter months using a skimmer or net.
  • Carefully inspect the pond liner for any signs of damage, such as tears or punctures, and make repairs as needed.
  • If applicable, reinstall or clean the pond pump and filter to ensure proper circulation and water quality.
  • Trim back any dead or overgrown aquatic plants to promote healthy growth throughout the season.
  • Consider adding beneficial bacteria to kickstart the pond’s ecosystem and prevent algae growth.


  • Begin by draining any remaining water from the fountain basin and cleaning it thoroughly to remove algae, sediment, and debris.
  • Inspect the fountain pump for any signs of wear or damage, and replace it if necessary.
  • Check the fountain’s plumbing and connections for leaks and repair as needed.
  • Refill the fountain with fresh water, adding a water clarifier if desired to maintain water clarity.
  • Test the fountain’s pump and adjust the flow rate as needed to achieve the desired water feature effect.


  • Clear away any leaves, branches, or other debris that may have accumulated in and around the waterfall.
  • Inspect the waterfall’s components, including the pump, tubing, and rocks, for any damage or signs of wear.
  • Clean the waterfall basin and remove any algae or sediment buildup to prevent clogs and maintain water flow.


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