Yes, even though it’s still very cold out, spring is just around the corner. For all those that have a water garden or garden pond and waterfall we know that means it’s almost time for spring cleaning. Over the winter lots of debris falls into the pond even if you had it covered with a net. Leaves and other stuff turn into sludge on the bottom of our ponds and the rocks that form our waterfall.

You can get in the water and scoop up the sludge by hand, put it in a bucket and dump it on your compost pile. It’s not too difficult, but if you’re like me the bending over is hard on the back. This is how I have done it in the past and before I perform the task this spring I decided to look into buying a pond vacuum.

There are many pond vacuums on the market so I asked around to those I know that offer the service of cleaning ponds. The number one pond vac that was recommended was the Oase brand. They offer two different pond vacs but with the same great quality.

The Pondovac Classic is the smaller one (this is the one I will be purchasing) but has all the features I will need for my pond and waterfall. It has a powerful 1400 watt motor housed in a compact design. I know I can move this around easily by myself. It offers four different suction nozzles. The variable universal nozzle lets you vacuum the bottom of your pond without sucking up the gravel. It adjusts so you can still suck up the sludge without your river rock going right up the tube. It also comes with a crevice nozzle, algae nozzle and flat nozzle with rubber lip. This pond vac is a wet and dry vacuum which you can use not only for your garden pond but also swimming pool and household.

The other model is the Pondovac 4. This one is a little more powerful at 1800 watts. You can maintain not only your pond but also your swimming pool or swim pond all from the edge of the water. It comes with a large accessory assortment and 16 feet of suction hose.

If you want to save yourself time and make it easy on your body give some thought to using a pond vacuum the next time you’re ready to start spring cleaning!