- Excess nutrients from many sources accelerate the growth of floating green organic matter
- There are simple and easy pond treatment products available
- Adding beneficial bacteria consumes the excess nutrients and help restore your pond water to a healthier state
- Large pond maintenance is easier when you have a quality aeration system installed
- Colorant adds both an aesthetic look and is beneficial to the pond
Whether you maintain a large water feature for a golf course or community open space or you own a large property with a large pond, it’s easy to become frustrated with large pond maintenance. But the good news is that pond treatment products and a few other tools can reduce water clarity issues and make it easy to maintain a clean and healthy pond.
Beneficial Bacteria For Large Ponds
Whenever you can find easy options for large pond maintenance that’s a good thing. Adding beneficial bacteria is an easy option that can help keep your water healthy. Your pond will have some naturally occurring beneficial bacteria in it, but it might not be enough to manage the nutrient levels in your pond.
Excess nutrients, which often enter the pond as runoff or as animal waste, can cause oxygen levels in your pond to drop. This can accelerate the growth of suspended and floating green organic matter and causes sludge to accumulate at the bottom of your pond. When you add beneficial bacteria, the bacteria consume the excess nutrients and help restore your pond water to a healthier state.
We have a variety of beneficial bacteria products that can help with water restoration and large pond maintenance. Our AquaSpherePRO® is a biodegradable sphere filled with beneficial bacteria. You simply toss the spheres into your pond and they will sink to the bottom and release beneficial bacteria. Each sphere releases beneficial bacteria for up to 30 days, providing you with an easy monthly pond treatment option.
If you are at the start of the warmer season or your pond already has issues with odors, a large sludge layer or a preponderance of floating green organic matter, we also have some supplements that can help improve water quality.
Natural Blast®, for example, is an ideal option if your pond has mild organic matter or has severe odor issues. Rush® is a treatment recommended for stagnant ponds with heavily matted floating green organic matter on the surface of the pond. Both products are best used in combination with AquaSpherePRO®. Check out our handy pond treatment planner here. This can help you decide which products will work best with your particular situation.
In addition to our all-natural products we carry a line of algaecides and herbicides. Do not confuse our chemicals with our all-natural products. Healthy Ponds natural products are not classified as Algaecides.
If you live in an area with the traditional four seasons, which includes a winter season where the water temperature drops below about 45 degrees, we highly recommend that you invest some time in spring cleaning.
Early spring is the perfect time to think about planting or improving the vegetative buffer around your large pond. These buffers help prevent nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen from entering your pond. These nutrients enter the pond after a rain event and they affect the natural balance of your water and lead to lower oxygen levels, sludge buildup and the growth of floating green organic matter.
We also recommend that you start off the season by adding some of our pond treatment products into the water before the problems start. You can get the water into ideal conditions by adding AquaSpherePRO® and Natural Blast® before the temperatures begin to climb. After that, continue with monthly AquaSpherePRO treatments. Early treatments with beneficial bacteria can go a long way toward preventing water issues during the summer months.
In some areas of the country, large pond maintenance doesn’t take a break for the winter. If you have a large pond in locations such as Florida, Texas and Southern California, we recommend treating your pond with beneficial bacteria every month with our AquaSpherePRO®. Occasionally, you also might need to add supplements such as our Natural Blast® product.
Should You Add A Pond Dye?
Pond Dye can improve the aesthetics of your pond, but they also can help keep water temperatures slightly cooler. Our colorants are veterinarian-approved and safe for fish, plants, pets and people.
We can provide you with pond treatment products for just about any size of water feature. If you do have a pond with a water volume greater than 3 million gallons, please contact us directly at (877) 948-0303. We can provide you with information about dosing levels and about our volume discount.