How Do I Keep My Pond From Turning Green?

 


Article by: Mark Washburn

With the arrival of spring , Rose Planting - Tips and Advice and summer, , Feng Shui in the Garden that once clear and picture perfect pond , Easy Concrete Pavers is now turning a soupy shade of green. , Landscape Fabric - Is Landscape Fabric Even Necessary In Landscaping? It makes viewing fish , Easiest Homemade Hydroponics System nearly impossible and takes a lot of fun out of owning a pond , Transplanting Deciduous Shrubs or water garden. , Landscaping Can Make or Break Curb Appeal for Homebuyers

It's a common problem for a lot of pond , Dealing With Pests In a Hydroponic Garden owners.

What your looking at is actually very small, nearly microscopic size plants , 7 Timeless Garden Decor Practices called algae. When all of these little critters group together and get so dense they can literally shade the water , Landscaping Can Make or Break Curb Appeal for Homebuyers and turn it into what appears to be a solid green , The Art of Painting Trees and Shrubs mass.

Now let's be clear on this. We're not talking about a light , Barefoot at the Cottage tint of green , General Lawn Maintenance Tips in the water, , Feng Shui in the Garden which is actually a really good sign. We're talking about water , The Value of Mulch that is so green , Garden Folklore: Plants Thrive in Good Company that you can't see an inch or two under the surface!

For the most part, the biggest problem with planktonic algae is really the view and the disappointment of the pond , Orchids Plus More Newsletter - December, 2004 owner. Fish , Spring Planting Tips generally can tolerate green water , Transplanting Deciduous Shrubs ok, although even they have limits.

The good news is, that even though green water , Growing Orchids In Greenhouses, Can You ? can be a challenge to treat, there are options and solutions. Since what we're really dealing with his is algae...we want to take a standard approach to dealing with any algae problem.

First of all, be sure to try to identify the support or nutrient source that is supporting this algae growth. Do you have too many fish , Choosing the Perfect Landscape Painting in the pond , What to Feed Your Fish During Colder Winter Months for it's size? A good rule of thumb for this is 1 inch of fish , 7 Timeless Garden Decor Practices for every 10 gallons of water , Choosing the Perfect Landscape Painting in the pond. , Replacing Tree Blossoms with Hanging Baskets Any more than this and you might be overstocked.

When fish , What to Feed Your During Colder Winter Months are overstocked, they produce more waste material than plants , Metal Garden Benches and naturally occuring bacteria can keep up with. When this happens, there is a large excess of nutrients in the water , Landscaping Can Make or Break Curb Appeal for Homebuyers which fosters aggressive plant , Create a Hummingbird Garden Habitat growth...like algae.

Nutrients can also come from decaying matter that may fall , Barefoot at the Cottage into or lie at the bottom of the pond. , Outdoor Lighting Fixtures are a Top Priority for Night Safety Like a compost , Transplanting Deciduous Shrubs pile for your garden, , Landscaping Can Make or Break Curb Appeal for Homebuyers this decaying matter simply adds more nutrients into the water, , The Art of Painting Trees and Shrubs which is something you don't want or need if you already have algae.

Finally, be sure to check for run off into the pond. , Tips On Lawn Aeration For A Beautiful Healthy Yard Most homeowners work really hard to make their lawns , How to Prune Lilac Shrubs and landscapes , Metal Garden Benches look really nice. If your adding fertilizer to your lawn , Lanscaping - Planning Your Next Project or anywhere around the pond, , The Hosta A Shade Loving Perennial there's a good chance that some of it can runoff into the water. , Garden Folklore: Plants Thrive in Good Company ...thereby adding more nutrients to the water. , Transplanting Deciduous Shrubs

So, your first objective to combat green water , Rose Planting - Tips and Advice is to try and reduce these nutrient influences.

If you do that and still have an algae problem, the next thing to consider is adding a benefical bacteria and enzyme product , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 13) Oxygen to the pond, , Orchids Plus More Newsletter - December, 2004 or adding more plants , Landscape Fabric - Is Landscape Fabric Even Necessary In Landscaping? to help control or balance out some of the nutrients. In most cases, using one or the other, or a combination of both will help quite a bit.

And here's a final word for caution. If you have fish , Barefoot at the Cottage in the pond, , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 13) Oxygen I'd strongly advise against using any type of algaecide product. , Greenhouse Gardening as a Hobby It's very hard to treat green water , Abatement and Consistency Philosophy with an algaecide in my opinion without doing some harm to fish. , What to Feed Your During Colder Winter Months Many pond , Lap Pools Great Exercise Inside Or Any Size Backyard owners have written to experess their dismay of misapplying a copper , Create Your Own Special Herb Garden based aglaecide and losing all of their fish , Wooden Garden Benches in a very short time.

Try the natural , 7 Timeless Garden Decor Practices and progressive options first and if need be, contact a local , General Lawn Maintenance Tips pond professional to help get your pond , Wooden Garden Benches back into balance in the safest way possible.
Mark Washburn is an experienced pond , Planning Saves Money, When Landscaping Your Property management specialists with an emphasis in algae control for commercial pond , Transplanting Deciduous Shrubs applications. Learn more about pond , Foraging In The Forest: Finding Materials That Link Your Home To The Great Outdoors algae and pond , General Lawn Maintenance Tips care at the Algae Solution website.

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