If you need to change the color of your pond or lake from brackish to beautiful, applying pond dye products could be the answer. Unlike algaecides, herbicides, alum compounds, and other water improvement measures, pond dye products actually change the color of your water, providing the best solution for ridding it of its persistent brown or green hue. Below, we answer some commonly asked questions for those wish to know more about pond dye before applying it to their lake or pond.
1. Is the Dye Harmful to the Environment?
No. Because water dye for ponds and lakes is food grade dye, it won’t harm plants, water life, animals, soil quality, air quality, or humans.
2. Does the Dye Stain?
Water dye for lakes and ponds is formulated to be non-staining to plants, water life, animals, soil, humans, and water equipment, even when applied in copious amounts.
3. Does the Dye Kill Excess Algae?
Yes and No. While water dye is not algaecide, it may curb deep growing algae by limiting the sunlight it receives. If your lake or pond suffers from excess algae, you should first apply eco friendly algaecide, and then apply water dye.
4. How Long does the Dye last?
A single application typically lasts 6-8 weeks, depending on a lake or pond’s water turnover rate, the rate at which new water cycles in as existing water cycles out. Lakes and ponds with a high turnover rate may require more frequent applications, while those with a low turnover rate may require stronger applications due to higher presence of sediments.
5. How Expensive is the Dye?
Water dye for lakes and ponds is inexpensive, with a 1-gallon supply that services 2 acre feet of water costing roughly $50; a 1-quart supply that services 1 acre feet of water costing about $19; and a 1-pint supply that services 0.5 acre feet of water costing about $13.
6. Can the Dye be used in Ornamental Ponds?
Water dye for lakes and ponds can also be used in ornamental ponds, with no ill effects to the special fish, fountains, and plants the ponds contain. As with larger lakes and ponds, ornamental ponds can eventually suffer poor water color that can be corrected with water dye.
7. Can the Dye Stop the Effects of Construction Site Runoff?
Technically, you could apply enough dye to eliminate the muddy color caused by construction site run off. But a better strategy is to prevent the runoff while its source lasts, such as by applying silt fencing lined with hay bales. In most cities and states, construction companies and private parties are responsible for preventing runoff that would affect the value and/or appearance of other properties.
8. Where can I buy Lake and Pond Dye?
Lake and Pond dye is available in through online sellers of pond and lake solutions, and in stores that carry pond and garden products. Buying from the former usually results in the lowest price due to lower overhead.