Friday, March 2, 2012

The Perfect Recipe for Algae

A warm winter with very little snow and ice has been the recipe for early algae growth.
Walk out and visually inspect your pond.  Are algae beginning to form on the bottom?
The first step in chemically controlling any aquatic vegetation is identification of the weed or algae.
Filamentous Algae is the most common – stringy, hair-like plant – often called moss.  It takes over very quickly and becomes tough and hard to kill if left uncontrolled.  Usually, the best control using chemicals is when the water temperature is above 60 degrees.   If your pond is already showing a large area of algae growth you may want to begin some form of algae reduction right away.

Photo by David Weikel - Harlan, IN
You can:
·         Mechanically remove the floating mats with rakes
·         Add Pond2O Blue or Black Dye to SHADE your pond and help PREVENT more   
          algae from forming. This will not kill the existing growth.
·         Spray the existing algae with Pond2O Algae plus Pond2O Surf surfactant. 

Treating algae should be considered a maintenance approach.  It is much like cutting grass – To keep your pond looking its best it takes regular attention.

Review the label of any product you put in your pond:
·         Is it labeled for aquatic use?
·         Is it the right product for the pest you have identified?
·         Find the correct rate and if it needs a surfactant.  Know the size of your pond
          to use the correct rate.

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