A leaf net saves you work
Even better: winter-proof your pond by installing a leaf net. With small ponds in particular, this is a great solution that eliminates the daily need to fish out the leaves. The net should ideally be pulled tautly across the pond, several centimetres above the water. With some models, the net is supported by wires or polystyrene blocks that float on the surface of the pond to prevent it from dangling into the water. Some manufacturers offer a tent-like design so that the leaves can slide off the net at the side of the pond. Depending on the amount of leaf fall, you should clean the net as required. Once the trees have dropped all of their leaves, you can carefully remove the net together with any leaves collected on it.