Pond Algae Is A Problem - But We Can Help
It’s that time of year… Your grass is growing, your plants are growing and in the case of ponds, your algae is growing. There are many different reasons for springtime algae blooms; fertilization, increased water temps, pollen breaking down…I could go on and on. While we usually think of algaecide treatments for algae, there’s actually many different ways to mitigate algae blooms.
In conjunction with appropriate algaecide treatments, aeration, beneficial bacteria and phosphorus binding agents can aid in successful treatments. Think if it this way…If I don’t eat as much, I won’t grow as much. To simplify, the aeration will help to increase the aerobic bacterial process already naturally occurring in your pond, the bacteria treatments will add additional muck/nutrient reduction and the phosphorus binding agent will decrease the amount of available phosphorus. Basically, we are trying to starve the algae of available nutrition. This is a very basic overview, so if anyone has any questions regarding the particulars give me a call.
The main takeaway regarding algae treatments is that there is no specific cure all. However, I suggest implementing a best management practice that encompasses all available options. While these additional options can be costly, they can also save money on algaecide treatments in the future.