Netting your water feature in the fall is so beneficial! But once the leaves are down and cleaned up, I'm ready to put it away! I prefer not to look at my water features netted all winter. Plus I want the critters in my yard to be able to get a drink or take a bath. But there are reasons to keep your water feature netted until late winter or spring. You have trees that don't drop their leaves until well into winter -- oaks, beech trees, etc. If you have a tree that's a late dropper, you definitely don't want to take your net down. The neighbors are the problem . Sometimes you get your leaves cleaned up only to have your neighbor's blow in. In this situation it is better to just wait. Hopefully a nice wind will blow all of them away. There are predators lurking around. Without plant coverage, pond fish are very much exposed. Leaving your net up gives them a layer of protection from birds that could see your fish while flying over. There are work arounds for this..
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