Pond Care Resolutions

Resolving to Fix a Pond Algae Problem

Dear Pond Owner Magazine,

A New Years reminder to your readers:

Well, it’s the middle of January. The holidays are over and we are starting fresh into a new year.

I have a “new” New Year’s resolution. I’m not going to make as long of a “to do” list this year. I have needed to improve the health of my pond for years. “Fix Pond Algae Problem” was at or near the top of the list year after year.

In the spring as the ice melted to reveal crystal clear weed and algae free water I again was lulled into denial. “Maybe this year will be different” I hopefully wished. By late spring the familiar weeds and algae would appear followed by months of battle and anguish.

In the late fall, almost winter, the pond again would try to deceive me. Crystal clear! The weeds once again disappeared to the bottom. I know many of you are familiar with this story. For the complete tale of my experience, read this testimonial on Superior Windmill. Be sure to check out the rest of this very informative website while you are there.

This year keep your pond on the top of the list! Don’t put the battle off any longer. If you are blessed with a pond that appears healthy you still should be considering aeration.

Many customers have told me the story of owning a pond they thought was healthy only to have it turn green with algae and weeds seemingly overnight. Problems such as nutrient overload and sediment buildup don’t happen overnight.

The conditions may take years to build up. Results such as murky water, pond scum, foul odor and excess weeds seem to appear all at once.

Much of the damage to your pond occurs in the summer months. Nutrient run off from lawns and farm fields along with high concentrations of nutrients and contaminants in ground water, combined with the heat of summer stresses your pond beyond its limits. When we aerate in the summer, many times the aeration windmill is barely keeping up with all these conditions.

Winter is a great time to aerate your pond. In fact many experts say aerating in the colder months reap the greatest benefits. In the fall things start to slow down and temperatures lessen as well.

The negative conditions still exist of course, but most often in lesser quantities. Now when the aeration windmill is operating you are gaining back on all the damage that has occurred within the previous summer and also past years. The black muck at the bottom of the pond, commonly referred to as sludge, will slowly disappear. You are on the way to restoring your pond to its original healthy condition.

The total repair time will vary depending on continuing contamination rates, how much buildup already exists and other variable factors. Some customers tell me their ponds recover in a few months. Others report that it took a full season. The average restoration time seems to be about 3-6 months. But the important thing is to get started.

Don’t wait until your pond turns ugly to install an aeration windmill. Check out Windmill Aeration and Windmill Water Pumps for more information.

Have a windy day,

Terry Miller
New York