Pond Maintenance

Thu May 2, 2019

The weather is warming up, and if you are not already at it, soon you will be out enjoying your pond. It doesn't matter if you use it for fishing, swimming, or just out enjoying the water, you want your pond to be clear and free of weeds and algae. Generally, we don't know we have a problem until it is too late. That is why proper maintenance and prevention is important to maintaining a healthy pond. Algae and aquatic weeds grow as a result of sunlight penetrating the water column, making water clarity the easiest way to prevent weed and algae growth.

Liquid pond dye is available in blue and black and can be purchased as a liquid or a throw pack. Regardless of the form you use, the dye disperses throughout your pond blocking sunlight from reaching the floor. If aquatic vegetation has already started growing,identifying what species you are dealing with is crucial to controlling it. Copper based products are primarily used for controlling algae problems in ponds. We stock copper sulfate in both granular and liquid forms. Any treatment for algae in a pond should be done in stages in order to not deplete the oxygen concentration in the water. Break your pond into thirds, giving 3-5 days between treatments. Trout, koi, and carp are really the only fish that are sensitive to copper levels, but alternate treatment options should be explored. Livestock watering in these ponds should also be considered.Species like sheep are sensitive to copper, and they cannot tolerate it in high levels. Aquatic vegetation, like on land, requires herbicides to be controlled. As with weeds on land, aquatic weeds respond differently to different chemicals, making identifying what you are treating important to the success of treatment.

We can help you identify what species you are trying to treat as well as help you determine what aquatic herbicide is best for treatment. Let Double L Feed help you get your pond, and keep your pond, in pristine shape this summer.