A pond can be an attractive property feature, but only if it is maintained.
Without proper maintenance, most ponds experience a slow decline: an accumulation of dead foliage, unchecked weeds, and multiplying algae creating a green abyss that harbors unwanted aquatic life. If your pond is on the way to this point, or is already there, there are ways to rejuvenate it, but you have to prioritize your strategies.
Developing a Plan
If your pond contains large debris such as tree limbs, focus on removing the debris first. Then concentrate on removing visible waterweeds by applying eco-friendly herbicide. If excess algae are present, focus on removing them next, using just enough eco-friendly algaecide to eliminate the overgrowth and leave the healthy growth intact. The dosage indications instruct you how to do this.
Large debris, waterweeds, and algae are the most common eyesores found in lakes and ponds, but removing them will not change the color of the water. Removing algae can make water appear less brackish, but changing its color requires pond dyes—non-toxic, non-staining colorants that come in blue, midnite blue, aqua, and black hues. In the cold months, “midnite blue” and black pond colorant is popular. In the warm months, blue and aqua colorants are popular.
An Important Clarification
Pond dye is often mentioned as a solution for eliminating excess algae, which is a subject that needs clarification.
While the dye can deter algae growth, it does not kill algae. Even so, the notions of algae deterrence and algae elimination are often viewed synonymously, leading some consumers to conceive the dye as an algae eliminator with the added benefit of water coloration. In reality, property owners should apply algaecide to remove excess algae, and then apply pond dye. Algaecide can enhance the effect of blue, aqua, or black pond water by eliminating floating algae, but dye cannot suffice for algaecide.
By applying herbicide, algaecide, and dye in maintenance doses following the initial applications, you can preserve your pond’s pristine appearance year-round.
Applying the Dye
There are two considerations for applying the dye—dose size and frequency of application. Dose size is determined by the acre-feet of water a pond contains. Frequency of application is determined by a pond’s water turnover rate.
Aqua Dye can help you determine the correct dose size and frequency of application. We can also supply you with high quality pond colorant that creates blue, “midnite blue,” aqua, or black pond water. A single application of our full strength dye normally lasts six to eight weeks, and maintenance doses can last the same amount of time.
Regardless of the season, our dyes can keep ponds looking clean and pristine. Harmless to the environment and non-staining, the dyes are the perfect addition to well-maintained ponds and lakes that have a green or brown undertone. After you apply a dye, these undertones can disappear within hours.
To learn more about the benefits of pond dye, call Aqua Dye today.