The easiest way to keep the leaves out is to put up a net. We recommend starting with a tented pipe frame (we use PVC electrical conduit) across your pond and draping your net over that. The convex shape will ensure the leaves roll off the top, as opposed to gathering in the middle and weighing down the net. Simply place several pipes horizontally across your pond (like a ribcage), and then run a single long pipe over top of them and connect them at the intersections with zip ties.
After you have your frame, simply stretch your netting over top. Keep it tight so the leaves bounce off. You can also keep a gap at the bottom of one end in case you’re still feeding fish (see our tips about feeding fish in the winter.)
Of course, if this all sounds like too much work, feel free to give us a call. We would be happy to install and take down your net for you.