• What is Algae?

    What is Algae?

    Algae is a common nuisance to pond owners, especially in the summer. Sunshine, warm temperatures, reduced oxygen levels and an abundance of nutrients nurture the tiny organisms, and in no time they may take over your pond. Algae Explained Algae does not have a defined root system and often floats on the pond's surface in mats, although it may emerge at the pond's bottom before floating to the surface or even turn the water green. Before treating it is important to understand the varieties of algae and where they live in an aquatic ecosystem before you treat your pond. The... Read More »
  • Identify Your Weeds

    Identify Your Weeds

    You cannot treat what you do not know! Identifying your pondweeds is the first step to being successful. Read on for tips. Successful Weed Control The more mature your pond, the more you have to deal with weeds. They are not only just annoying, but they can choke the life out of your ecosystem if action is not taken. In order to best treat problematic weeds, you need to positively identify and determine how many types of weeds in your pond. Most algaecides and herbicides will treat a variety of weeds and algae so it is not always necessary to identify the exact weed but to... Read More »
  • Weed Treatment Options

    Weed Treatment Options

    Every pond owner will have to deal with algae or weed growth at some point in time, but treatment options will vary depending on the type of plant, size of treatment area, what the pond is used for and location. Access the Situation Before getting started identify what lives in your pond. Is it an algae, floating, submerged or emergent weed? Does most of it grow on the surface of the water or below? To help identify your plant visit our Weed ID Guide . Once you know what type of plant you are dealing with, measure the size of the area to be treated, this will help... Read More »
  • Reclaim Your Shoreline

    Reclaim Your Shoreline

    Cattails and other emergent aquatic plants can add natural beauty to any pond or shoreline, but if left unchecked for too long, they can overtake these areas and create a shoreline maintenance nightmare. A consistent program is the most efficient way to combat excessive spread of unwanted weeds. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to keeping cattails in check. Follow these tips to maintain a pristine shoreline all season long. Set Boundaries Cattails are not all bad. They are nature's solution to providing habitat for wildlife, preventing soil erosion and they make a great... Read More »
  • Treat & Control Duckweed

    Treat & Control Duckweed

    Duckweed is a very small floating plant about the size of a pencil eraser. It has shoe-sole shaped leaves with a small, hair-like root hanging below. Since duckweed floats on the surface of the pond, it is commonly mistaken for and treated as if it is algae. Unfortunately, algaecides have no effect on duckweed but there are a couple treatments you can do to keep the prolific duckweed at bay. Identify: Duckweed or Watermeal? Duckweed is a very small, light green, free-floating plant with a single hair-like root and three 1/16- to 1/8-inch long leaves, or fronds. It tends to grow... Read More »
  • Removing Dead Vegetation

    Removing Dead Vegetation

    Debris on the surface of a pond, like algae or fallen leaves, can sink to the bottom and start to decay, adding to the muck and detritus that is already there. All that debris degrades water quality, compromises fish health, provides a nutrient source for nuisance weeds and algae, and can even affect how some products work. Dead vegetation also makes a great nesting area for muskrats, leeches, snakes, and other pests. Many types of weeds and algae can spread by seeds or spores if the plant is shaken or if plant fragments are left floating in the water. Killing the vegetation using... Read More »
  • How to Send Us a Weed ID Photo

    How to Send Us a Weed ID Photo

    Did you know our Pond Techs at The Pond Guy ® can help you identify pond weeds? If you are unable to identify your pond weed(s) using our Weed ID Guide , please send the pictures with the following information to WeedID@ThePondGuy.com . If you have multiple weeds, please send in pictures of each. What to Send Answering these questions will help us get you the right information in the quickest manner possible. Your name and phone number. Picture of the weed in your pond, in its natural state. Picture of the weed spread out on a white surface, next to a coin.... Read More »
  • What is the Airmax® Ecosystem™?

    What is the Airmax® Ecosystem?

    As more pond owners want to get a head start on their new ponds or rehab older ones they are turning to a proactive pond and lake management approach. Also known as the fountain of youth for ponds, the Airmax ® Ecosystem ™ works with Mother Nature to achieve a cost effective way to keep pond and lakes clean, clear and healthy. The system works in two stages: Reactive and Proactive Reactive Approach Weed and Algae growth generally become problematic for pond owners when the oxygen levels have decreased and nutrients levels of fertilizer, runoff or decaying matter... Read More »