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Ponds 101

Pond Care 101: The new standard in pond management

Effective pond care requires a balance between REACTIVE and PROACTIVE pond care methods. Understanding the differences between them and knowing which method to use and when, will ultimately create a healthy pond you can enjoy year after year.

REACTIVE Pond Care

A short-term solution to control unsightly aquatic growth

Perform treatments only when weeds and algae are actively growing

A quick fix before a PROACTIVE care plan has been established

For years, the accepted method of pond care was to wait for a problem, like an algae bloom or weed growth, and then “REACT to it” with a chemical application. Although algaecides and herbicides work great to control weed and algae growth, REACTIVE pond care provides only an effective short-term solution and does not address the cause of the problem, excessive nutrients and sunlight. When weeds and algae die they immediately start to decay, breaking down into a nutrient rich sludge or muck layer, which will encourage future growth. While REACTIVE pond care is extremely helpful and in many cases a necessity, it cannot prevent future growth and should not be the only tool in your pond care toolbox.

PROACTIVE POND CARE

Increases dissolved oxygen and circulation

Efficient at nutrient reduction and safe for the environment, people and wildlife

Limits excessive sun exposure

PROACTIVE pond care utilizes tools such as aeration, natural bacteria and pond dye to reduce your pond’s nutrient load and limit sun exposure.

A fountain or aeration system, that is properly sized and placed will provide dissolved oxygen and increased circulation in a pond’s natural ecosystem. The increased oxygen and water movement will provide the best possible environment for beneficial bacteria, improving overall water quality and habitat for fish and wildlife.

While beneficial bacteria exist naturally in just about every aquatic environment, in many cases they cannot keep up with the demand of most ponds and lakes. To compensate for this, bacteria treatments are required. The bacteria that make up MuckAway™ and PondClear™, are cultured from common natural aquatic ecosystems found throughout the world. Using naturally occurring bacteria not only makes them extremely effective at nutrient reduction but safe for the environment, people and wildlife.

Pond dye not only provides beauty to your pond, it is designed to provide a natural shade to limit the excessive amounts of sunlight your pond receives.

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