Over time, the color of most ponds gets worse instead of better as leaves, branches, and a host of windblown debris coalesce into a brackish undertone. If this describes your pond, you can stop its decline with the help of water dyes for lakes and ponds—eco-friendly colorants that can change ponds from brackish to beautiful in a single application.
Water dyes are a dynamic solution for discolored lakes and ponds, but before you apply it, you should consider taking the measures below to increase its effectiveness:
Remove Excess Algae
Algae lurking beneath the water surface can cause ponds to appear unreflective and dull. Most ponds need algae to support aquatic life, but an overgrowth of the organisms can harm aquatic life by leeching the water of oxygen. Applying eco-friendly algaecide is the easiest way to remove excess algae. If excess algae persist, repeat the application according to the product directions.
Remove Logs and Limbs
Logs and limbs do not discolor water directly, but as they decompose, the organic debris they release contributes to murkiness. Logs and limbs can be tricky to remove when they are partially submerged. If you cannot judge how a log or limb would react if you cut it with a chainsaw, request the assistance of a tree removal service.
Waterweeds do not discolor water as much as they distract from its color. After you apply black pond dye, the last thing you want is an overgrowth of weeds interrupting the serene aesthetic of the black pond water. Applying eco-friendly herbicide is the best way to remove waterweeds. If waterweeds persist, repeat the application according to the product directions.
Reduce the Number of Bottom Feeders
Bottom feeders such as carp forage food on the bottom of lakes and ponds, churning up clouds of sediment as they go. Depending on the number of bottom feeders a lake contains, they could cause it to appear muddy-brown. Dispensing fish traps and stocking your pond with the natural predators of bottom feeders are the easiest ways to depopulate them.
Applying the Colorant
The measures above put your pond in excellent condition to receive colorant. Although the colorant can hide sediments and other sources of discoloration, removing causes of discoloration will supply your pond with a beautiful transparency near the shoreline.
The length of time a pond remains dyed depends on the turnover rate of its water. On average, an application of colorant creates black pond water for six to eight weeks. When applying the colorant, property owners must be careful to apply the correct dosage for a pond’s acre-feet of water. Otherwise, the color can be too weak or strong.
If the color of your pond has seen better days, applying black pond dye can erase the brackish undertone and replace it with a dark, reflective hue. In a matter of hours, the color of your pond can go from unappealing to awe inspiring.
For more information on applying colorant for ponds, call Aqua Dye, the premier supplier of color solutions for lakes and ponds, today.