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Our nights have been chilly, when should I start using Seasonal Defense?
ASKED BY: Liz of Schenevus, NY
ASKED BY: Liz of Schenevus, NY

Our nights have been chilly, when should I start using Seasonal Defense?

A: The Pond Guy Seasonal Defense contains aerobic bacteria that's specially designed for cooler water. When used at this time of year, the waste-gobbling microorganisms break down dead foliage, fish waste and other sediment that have accumulated over the summer and fall. Seasonal Defense gives you one last opportunity to clean up the muck before winter.

Switch at 50°F
Plan to switch to Seasonal Defense once water temperatures dip below 50° Fahrenheit. Once the waterfalls to 40°F, however, discontinue using it until the spring after the spring ice melt, when the water temperature climbs back up to 40°F.

Spread the Love
Don't just pile the Seasonal Defense packets in one place. Disburse the packets around your pond to ensure even spread of the beneficial bacteria and breakdown of accumulated muck. Add some to the filter to concentrate and accelerate new bacteria growth on the filter media. Distribute them evenly—but, of course, follow the package recommendations for dosage rates.

Supplement Seasonal Defense
To help out the Seasonal Defense, make sure you keep up on your fall chores. Regularly check and clean out your skimmer basket, and remove any leaves or large pieces of debris that blow into the pond. This will encourage the bacteria to focus their energy on the fine organic material and muck.

And if you don't have one in place already, install some Pond Netting or a PondShelter to prevent leaves from falling into your water garden in the first place. This preventive maintenance step will save you time—and make Seasonal Defense's job easier.