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Are there any tips for treating my pond in the hot summer months? – Pond & Lake Q & A


Are there any tips for treating my pond in the hot summer months?

Are there any tips for treating my pond in the hot summer months? George – Horace, ND

A lot of our summer activities revolve around our pond. The warm sunny seasons see us hosting parties, swimming, fishing, or just unwinding at the end of the day lounging around outside. Regardless of how you enjoy your down time, you expect your pond to be in pristine condition when having guests at your home or before you decide jump in for a swim. Frustratingly enough, it is the warmer seasons that encourage weed and algae growth that can throw the proverbial wrench in the works. By laying out a few key points on pond maintenance you should be able to keep your pond in excellent condition by knowing what to expect when things go a bit south.

Know It’s Role
When you start to notice growth in your pond, properly identifying it will be the first step to effective treatment. We offer a great Weed ID Guide online that can help you pinpoint exactly what is trying to invade your space. If you are still unsure you can always e-mail pictures to us at mrwig@thepondguy.com or mail us a sample of the weed.

Plan Ahead
Having a party? Keep in mind that it may take up to a week or more to receive full results from a pond treatment depending on what you are treating. Waiting until the day before could result in swimming restrictions or floating growth that has yet to die off. Always read the labels on aquatic algaecides and herbicides for application instructions, dosage rates, and any water use restrictions that they may carry. You don’t want to buy a product that carries a 30 day irrigation restriction of you plan on watering your garden and lawn with your pond water.

Use Aeration Ahead of Time and Keep it Going
Customers who use Bottom Plate Aeration Systems typically run them all day every day to keep the pond circulating and infused with oxygen. Those of you who use a fountain or surface aerator may only run it when you are home and leave it off at night or when you are away. When treating with algaecides and herbicides make sure you keep your aeration running continuously for at least a few days after application regardless. This allows an influx of oxygen during this crucial time when the kill off process robs the water column of the majority of its dissolved oxygen. No aeration yet? If you are going to install an aeration system you will want to introduce it at least a week before you treat, running it in gradually extended increments as to avoid manually turning over your pond by rapidly mixing the bottom oxygen deficient water with the upper oxygen rich layers.

Treat in Sections
In the hot summer months as the water column warms up it will naturally hold less oxygen. In addition to water temperature, dying algae and weeds will also reduce oxygen content. This could potentially add stress to your fish. Treat the pond in quarter sections and wait 10 to 14 days in between sections to allow the pond time to maintain an adequate oxygen level.

Keeping your pond properly maintained with Dye, Beneficial Bacteria and Aeration will give you the upper hand at keeping unwanted growth out of your pond and will drastically reduce the time, effort, and cost of combating weeds when they do decide to make an appearance. With this extra bit of knowledge you can skip out on some stress and effectively treat your pond by choosing the correct products and having a better understanding of the conditions you want to work within.

POND TALK: Are there any other tips you’ve found to help out when treating your pond?

Breathe life back into your pond and lake!

6 Responses

  1. HELP I LOST MY PRIZED KOI TO A HERRON!!
    WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP THEM AWAY ?
    THEY NEST A MILE AWAY FROM THE POND.
    DAN O

  2. Thanks for the tips. I really appreciate it! I live in Arizona and the summer heat is just brutal to my pond. I have thus far had very bad luck keeping anything alive in there during the summer. I will have to apply these tips and keep my fingers crossed for some luck here!

  3. Am wondering if we need to check the bacteria level of our pond before swimming. We have 2 acre pond fed by runoff, and are in middle of farmland (our own) with soy beans, alphalfa and grasses. We use chemicals in the pond for algae & weeds, put in blue color, and have 2 aerators. It looks real good, but am wondering if we need to check levels of bacteria that could be harmful to people.

    • Hi Cathie,

      If you have aeration and are regularly perfoming pond maintenance chances are your pond will be in good health. If you have concerns however, you can take a sample of your water to the health department to have it tested.

  4. Every summer I fight algae in my pond. This year I decided to try one of your aeration systems for my 7500 gallon pond, along with black dye I had tried before. In the 11 years I have had a KOI pond, this is the first summer I have not had algae, and I owe the success to the addition of the aeration! My pond is cleaner, the fish seem to be friskier. Out temperatures have been averaging 90+ each day, so I am tickled to death with my purchase.

    • Hi Donnie,

      That’s great to hear! Sometimes it’s that one last little detail that can make a big difference.

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