Pond netting offers a variety of benefits for a pond owner. These helpful objects help keep the pond free of debris and leaves, preserving good water chemistry and making for easier cleanup, and they deter predators from consuming pond fish. A pond net also has the benefit of being fairly easy to install.
This article will cover the major steps of constructing netting for your pond.
Measure the Pond
Before you go to purchase a net, you’ll need to know the size of the pond. Measure across the center, lengthwise and width wise.
Many ponds have irregular shapes, so be sure to measure across the largest section of the pond.
With this measuring, determine the size of net you’ll need. You should purchase a net that covers the pond entirely, even if it extends past the pond edges.
Choose the Appropriate Netting
There are several different mesh sizes to choose from for pond netting. The finer the mesh, the less visible the netting is, and the more leaves and predators it keeps out.
By blocking the debris from entering the pond, nets also lengthen the life of pumps and filters because they don’t get clogged with debris as often.
Also consider the type of anchors the net uses. Some nets come with secure, “u” shaped anchors, while others use smaller plastic fasteners.
Most nets are floating nets, and come in a variety of sizes.
These nets are available online, at home improvement stores and at specialty pond retailers.
Extend the Net Over the Pond
If you are installing the net for winter use only, then it is of little concern if the edges of the net extend past the edges of the pond. You will secure the net in the next step and remove it in the spring.
However, if you plan to use the net as a protection and cleaning device all year, trim the net to conform with the curve of the pond. Leave at least 6” of overhang all the way around the pond.
The net should float on the surface of the pond so that it is unobtrusive to those viewing the pond.
Secure the Net
Once the net is laid out in the appropriate place, use the anchors provided or purchased to secure the net to the ground. These anchors should be placed every 8 to 12 inches around the pond.
“U” shaped anchors should push firmly into the ground. Plastic “nail” type anchors are made either to push into the ground through small grommets around the net, or they attach to a rigid pond liner.
If you are using the net all year, you will likely want to camouflage the edges of the net. However, you do need to lift the net from time to time to remove the leaves from the net.
Be sure the net is stretched securely over the pond. It should float on the surface of the pond, but it should not drop into the pond. You do not want fish to become entangled in a net that is not properly secured.