Posted: 12/10/2014 at 15:34
I've just taken a large piece of garden netting, threaded two long bamboo canes through the netting on two opposite sides and placed the netting gently over the pond, including the plants. Every few days, when there's an accumulation of leaves on the netting I lift the netting using the bamboo canes and tip the leaves off onto the lawn and rake them up. The pond plants, even the tall ones, seem to survive unscathed.
I check the netting at least a couple of times a day to make sure no birds or animals have become entangled.