3 Ways To Protect Your Pond From Algae Overgrowth

3 Ways To Protect Your Pond From Algae Overgrowth

A thriving pond is a sight to behold. Sparkling and reflective, a healthy waterbody has the potential to enhance a property’s aesthetic and functional value. All too often beautiful ponds turn murky and unsightly due to toxic algae blooms. Summer heat can create the perfect surface environment for algae to thrive. Once an algae problem develops, it can endanger fish and birds as well as signal deeper, costlier problems. Preventive measures such as aeration and shoreline management are good strategies for keeping algae at bay.

Aeration

Perhaps the most important algae prevention practice is oxygenation, using pond aerators and fountains. Bubblers, surface agitators and fountains all increase circulation and reduce algae growth by introducing additional dissolved oxygen to the aquatic ecosystem. Whether you prefer solar or wired, fountain or bubbler, your local pond specialist can recommend the proper size and type of aerator for your unique setting.

Nutrient Balancing

A healthy pond ecosystem relies on the composition of nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen. Wildlife waste and runoff from landscape chemicals can cause extra high nutrient concentrations. Under these conditions, and without mechanical or chemical intervention, a chronic algae problem can diminish your pond’s vitality and longevity. A lake or pond expert can obtain a water sample and determine the right nutrient balancing plan for your pond’s composition.

Shoreline Management

Shoreline integrity is an essential component of a healthy waterbody. Vegetative barriers of grasses and flowers can prevent erosion and help filter out excess nutrients that contribute to algae overgrowth. A robust shoreline is an indicator of a thriving pond and is a key element of algae prevention.

Algae overgrowth is not only unsightly, but it can rapidly compromise your pond’s ecosystem, endangering plant and animal life. Once you notice a significant algae population, the situation may already be complex. Prevention is the key and is generally easier and less expensive than eradicating an existing algae problem.