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How early can you start planning for your pond? | Q & A

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How early can you start planning for your pond?
Leo – Exira, IA

If you were one of the many pond owners plagued by algae, pond muck, excessive weeds or green water last year one of your New Year resolutions may have revolved around your pond or water garden.

The beginning of the new pond season is the perfect time to evaluate and tweak your pond maintenance practices and take inventory of leftover pond care products from last year. Since your pond maintenance begins once the ice thaws from your pond, there is no better time to start planning for the upcoming season.

First, before you buy new pond maintenance products, recall your pond issues from last season. Whether you have an earth bottom pond or water garden, aeration is always a great way to keep your pond water balanced and healthy. Installing an aeration system in your pond will infuse the water column with oxygen and circulate the entire water column. Aeration systems help reduce pond muck formation and weed growth while keeping your fish safe and comfortable. If your pond receives constant sunlight consider shading the water with pond dye. To keep your pond water clear and remove accumulated pond muck treat your pond with beneficial bacteria. Airmax® can help you eliminate the guesswork when choosing the appropriate pond maintenance products by providing the most effective pond care products in one kit. Use the Pond Logic® ClearPAC® to treat earth bottom ponds and lakes or the DefensePAC® for water gardens.

When purchasing your pond care products keep in mind you may receive discounts for buying items in multiple quantities. Pond Logic® Pond Dye PLUS, for example, is discounted when you purchase 4 or more bottles at a time. Simply look for the red or blue “2+, 3+ or 4+” price next to qualifying products in The Pond Guy® catalog or on our website. Creating a list of desired products for the season and purchasing them in one order can also save you money on shipping costs. If you are having trouble calculating how much product you will need for season long treatment or have any questions on a particular product you can always call a Pond Guy or Gal toll free at 866-766-3435.

If you don’t have a pond, water garden or water feature yet you can start researching and designing the pond of your dreams now. There is a wide variety of informational books available and online blogs that explain the differences between various water features and ponds. Pond kits are available for purchase that contain all of the items you need to build a water garden. If you prefer something less time consuming, maybe you would like to consider a pondless water fall. Whichever the case early planning will help make your pond project a success.

Pond Talk: Are you planning to change how you maintain your pond this season? What would you do differently?

Keep your pond healthy all winter long!

3 Responses

  1. Last year I had muck, used MuckAway with little results. I also had green water that got so dark I couldn’t see the fish, used Pond Clear with some limited success.
    My fish seem healthy and happy.
    I want to know if I can use MuckAway at higher rate than recommended without harming my fish? Can I use PondClear at the same time?
    My pond is about 11′ by 17′ with 3′ depth. I have a waterfall for aeration and a skimmer is in use. The pond is about 5 or 6 years old with no problems before last year.

    • Hi Connie,

      MuckAway and PondClear are both beneficial bacteria treatments which will achieve desired results when used on a consistent basis. MuckAway is a companion product to PondClear and they work well in combination. Both of these products are all natural, which will not harm fish, plants and wildlife. You may increase the recommended dosage for either product to accelerate the break down of nutrients in your pond, without worry of harming your fish just be sure to have good aeration.

      For your size pond though, I would look to our DefensePac products, Nature’s Defense and Muck Defense. These products are the counterparts to Pond Clear and MuckAway for the larger ponds and will help to reduce the overall nutrients in the pond which contribute to the “green water”.

      You may also be interested in another article from The Pond Guy Blog: How do I control algae in my decorative pond, both long term and short term?

      Thank you,

  2. It occurs to me that I left my pond chems (Algecide,dye, etc.) in my outbuilding. It gets mighty cold in Montana. What about freezing and these liquids?

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