A healthy, sparkling pond is a valuable asset to any neighborhood. It enhances aesthetics and provides opportunities for recreation. Murky, stagnant water, conversely, has the opposite effect. If you are in charge of caring for a pond, you know it can be hard work. Algae overgrowth is the most common aquatic problem a pond keeper may encounter. It’s important to remedy algae problems as they often signal more serious and costly aquatic imbalances. This three-step management formula can help you keep your pond clear and algae-free for years to come.
1. Obtain a Baseline Evaluation
Hiring a specialist to evaluate your pond gives you some essential baseline data. An evaluation generally includes a site walk and water testing to determine your pond’s nutrient and oxygen content. With the results, the specialist can make maintenance recommendations for your shoreline integrity and water quality as well as your pond aerators and fountains.
2. Design a Maintenance Plan
An aquatic ecosystem is an unpredictable organism with complex challenges. Your baseline evaluation can serve as a template for your annual management plan. Seasonal preventive maintenance tasks should include water testing, upkeep on your aeration system and regular shoreline maintenance to prevent erosion. An annual plan enables you to spread out your budget and help you avoid algae outbreaks and other costly problems that can arise from neglect.
3. Implement Your Plan
Your annual plan is as effective as your willingness to implement it. Performing regular, preventive maintenance can have cumulative effects on the vitality of your pond. The more you maintain a robust shoreline and an efficient aeration system, fewer costly, unexpected problems are likely to arise. By the time you notice an algae problem or mosquito outbreak, undetectable imbalances have long been churning under the surface.
A clear reflective pond generally has a proactive maintenance plan behind it. Without a plan, it doesn’t take long for systemic aquatic problems to grow. Comprehensive maintenance and testing gives your valuable aquatic asset the support it needs to sparkle throughout the whole year.