January 01, 2020 2 min read

Looking for Pond Care 101 aka the basics of pond care? Garden Pond Supply Explains where you need to start.

It's a known factor that accurate pond care requires a fine balance between REACTIVE and PROACTIVE pond care strategies.

Pond Care 101: The new standard in pond management

As we begin, you'll learn the differences between proactive and reactive pond care methods.


Reactive Pond Care is in session. Let's get started!

Reactive Pond care is known to be a fleeting solution to control ghastly aquatic growth of plants and animals that you don't want to see.

Here, as a pond owner, you'll deploy treatments only when weeds and algae are actively growing.

Why do you want to be reactive? This is important to use because it acts as a rapid solution before you enact the proactive pond care. 

Unfortunately, as you probably now are finding out, throughout our pond care history, the accepted method of pond care was to wait for a problem.

These problems are much or exactly like: an algae bloom or weed growth. Once this happens, the pond owner is forced to 'react' to the problem with a chemical solution. 

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Although algaecides and herbicides work really well as a way to control weed and algae growth, reactive pond care really, is the only effective short-term solution.

This means that it does not address the cause of the problem, let alone excessive nutrients or even sunlight! 

PROACTIVE pond care 101

Moving onto the proactive pond care section of our 101 class, you'll take note that proactive care will ultimately increase dissolved oxygen and circulation.

Here, efficient nutrient reduction and safe for the environment, people and wildlife is addressed. Also, proactive pond care will take care of too much sunlight by turning down sun exposure. 

Proactive pond care actually uses tools such as aeration, natural bacteria, and pond dye to reduce your pond's nutrient load and limit sun exposure.

If you have fountain or aeration system, then that's the perfect start. Make sure that the aeration system is appropriately sized and placed.

This will provide dissolved oxygen and increased circulation in a pond's natural ecosystem.

The increased oxygen and water movement will provide the best possible environment for beneficial bacteria, improving overall water quality and habitat for fish and wildlife.

While beneficial bacteria exist naturally in just about every aquatic environment, in many cases they cannot keep up with the demand of most ponds and lakes.

Using naturally occurring bacteria not only makes them extremely effective at nutrient reduction but safe for the environment, people and wildlife.

Pond dye not only provides beauty to your pond, it is designed to provide a natural shade to limit the excessive amounts of sunlight your pond receives.

Pond Care 101 Class Dismissed!

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