How to Place Leaf Nets Over a Pond

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How to Place Leaf Nets Over a Pond
Netting is a year-round necessity for many ponds. (Dynamic Graphics Group/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images)

Each pond has its own individual environment, size, shape and functions. Keep your pond characteristics in mind when you choose a leaf net to cover your pond. Premium leaf nets can be expensive, but floating pond netting or homemade leaf nets can often do the trick less expensively. Leaves, harmful particles and predators can endanger your pond and the fish that inhabit it. Leaves and particles that fall to the pond floor can decompose and release ammonia, which can be deadly to koi and goldfish.

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    Measure your pond.

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    Choose your netting style, depending upon the size and location of your pond. If you have a small backyard pond, for example, an easy-to-use floating pond netting may be all that you need. However, if you have a larger koi pond that is surrounded by trees, you may want to use a net that has a built-in support system, such as piping that surrounds the net, so that it will not entangle the fish. You can also purchase your own netting and attach it to PVC pipe. Another option is to create a skeleton dome over a pond. This type uses netting propped over arched poles around the pond.

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    Select the netting. Most pond netting is available in white, translucent or black. Translucent is tempting to purchase, because it allows you to enjoy your pond through the netting. Translucent netting, however, can be dangerous to predators, since the colour is difficult for them to see. Black netting is less likely to trap predators and birds.

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    Evaluate the pond's environment. For example, floating nets or a skeleton dome may not be practical for a pond surrounded by trees. Floating nets give little protection from predators, while a skeleton dome is hard to install in this environment.

    Multipurpose Mesh Netting

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    Use a premium polyester multipurpose mesh netting, such as the Nycon Products Big Top Pond Cover. These are available for ponds between 6 and 24 feet.

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    Stake one edge of the netting over your pond. Lock the stake into position. Stretch the netting over the pond to the other side. Stake down this side. Lock the stake into position.

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    Remove the stakes from one side of the netting if debris or leaves gather on the netting. Lift the netting and shake the leaves and debris free from the netting.

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