Preventing Common Pond Problems
The early spring is the start of your pond maintenance season. Natural and normal pond biological processes may cause your lake or pond to be undesirable for your usage. Starting in the early spring pond nutrients and muck start to feed the algae and weeds that will be a problem come August. As the sun creeps higher in the sky the growing season begins. Investing in an Aeration System is always the best way to spend money on a piece of equipment that will pay you back year after year!
Pond Dye is your first product you will add in the spring. We will often pour dye directly onto the melting ice here in the northeast. Coloring your pond water early in the season will act as sunscreen. The dye naturally filters and reflects some, but not all, of the light that would otherwise reach the young weeds and algae. By limiting the strength of the light that is available to your weeds and algae, you will slow their growth. Pond Dye can be added at any time or temperature during the season, but works best in early spring.
We suggest you use a heavy dose of blue pond dye or black pond dye in the spring and add maintenance “touch up” doses through out the season to maintain your level of protection. The most popular color of pond dye is the blue. The black pond dye gives a nice mirrored look when there are trees or rocks that will reflect on the surface. We also have a blue/green or turquoise color dye that can give you a Caribbean Ocean look. The turquoise pond dye also blocks more ultraviolet wavelengths due to the yellow dye added to the formula. We also have blue and black pond dye in convenient toss packs.
Pond Bacteria and Muck Pellets are the next product you will introduce to your pond. Our pond bacteria products are effective when used in temperatures as low as 38°F. Our pond bacteria contain a variety of cold and warm water pseudomonas and bacillus strains of bacteria as well as four strains of enzymes which break down down plant cellulose and other waste into smaller easier to digest forms for the bacteria. Liquid bacteria is fast mixing and easily sprayed onto the surface of the pond or lake. Toss packs are convenient to apply and great for mid season maintenance dosages. Muck pellets are perfect for targeting bottom leaves and sludge.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is very true when dealing with ponds and lakes. Chemicals are extremely effective when used properly, but using pond dye and beneficial pond bacteria can limit and even eliminate the need for algaecides and herbicides.