A shimmering, reflective pond is a valued asset for any property. A cloudy pond with overgrown algae, on the other hand, can be a liability. When problems like algae overgrowth occur, it usually is an indicator of deeper, systemic problems with the aquatic ecosystem. If algae has taken over your pond, these strategies may help you restore your pond’s health and vitality.
- Remove the Existing Algae
While prevention is the most effective approach to aquatic weed control, you may need to begin by eradicating the existing problem, especially if your infestation is extensive. A commercial algaecide can remove the bulk of the algae and give you a chance to introduce a preventive plan. Your local pond management specialist can assess the extent of the problem and recommend a product that will target the species you have.
- Provide Adequate Oxygenation
Once most of the algae is eliminated, you can develop a plan to prevent it from returning. The most important element of a healthy pond ecosystem is oxygenation. Implementing the proper aeration system introduces dissolved oxygen to your pond. More oxygen means better overall aquatic health and less opportunity for an invasive algae problem. A pond specialist can evaluate your unique setting and recommend the proper aeration method.
- Balance Nutrient Levels
The proper balance of phosphorous and nitrogen is particularly important for minimizing algae growth. Nutrient balance also contributes to the overall vitality of your pond. It may help to have your pond water tested to determine what is needed to achieve the healthiest chemical composition.
If algae growth is left unchecked, it can compromise the health of your entire pond and contribute to other aquatic problems. A proactive maintenance plan that includes aeration and nutrient balancing is the key to preserving your valuable aquatic asset and the beauty it adds to your property.