Here’s the scenario (one at least):
It’s Friday night, you and the family are packing up to go away for the weekend. You breeze past the pond to say goodbye to your fish friends and throw them a little food until you get home Sunday night. The weekend weather is beautiful, sunny and HOT!
You arrive home and go check the pond, it’s the first thing I do when I get home from being gone for a weekend. (Who am I kidding, I do this even when I run a quick errand, I love my fish!) From a distance you can see neon green glowing from the pond, as you get closer it looks like a nuclear power plant waste area. Your pond has turned a neon green practically overnight. It was beautiful Friday and now it looks like this!
Does this scenario sound familiar? Don’t be frustrated it happens to all of us at some point in time. But why does this happen and how do we speed the process of clearing it up faster?
Algae is a plant, which needs food, water and ,you guessed it, sunlight/heat to grow. Put all three of these elements together and you have created an algae farm! This time of year, July through September, algae growth in Morris County NJ can be trying at times and frustrating, but with a little patience and taking the correct steps this algae nightmare can go away.
There is a quick checklist we go through prior to trying to clearing up a green pond. Otherwise any efforts may be useless.
If you answered all of the above questions with a no or you addressed one of or a few of the issues above, let’s now talk about how to help the pond bounce back and clear up this unsightly green water.
How did we do this, we will tell you our secret shotgun approach;
For more information on algae and some other ways to beat this beast please see our other blog: Pond Algae! Help!
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Over the last 16 years, Clay has been involved in landscaping and aquascaping, which led him to his passion, POND BUILDING and opening A Frog’s Dream in 2006. His true passion is to create works of art for others to enjoy and marvel at in the privacy of their own backyards.