Identify, Eradicate, Enjoy
Mr WIG Says:
Mr WIG: We're in the middle of Spring and you know what that means...Weeds, Weeds, and Algae too! The purpose of this article is to help you in identifying what is in your pond and then what to do about it. The following is a list of the most common aquatic weed problems that we've heard from our customers. Just Remember: For long-term reduction in the growth of weeds & algae, it is best to follow the 4-Steps To The Perfect Ecosystem.

Identify, Eradicate & Enjoy!

Identify: Identification is the absolute key to success in controlling aquatic weeds and algae. We've had may cases when Chara (see below), which is a form of algae, was mistaken for a pond weed. Many people confuse duckweed and watermeal with floating algae. Both look like floating mats on the pond's surface, but they are treated very differently. If you are ever in doubt about the type(s) of aquatic weeds or algae you have present in your pond, don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call us at 888.766.3520. Our techs are here for your support, and will help you to identify your weeds and give you a solution. You can also check out our full Weed ID Guide online.

Eradicate: Once we've identified the aquatic weed(s) or algae it's time to find a solution to get rid of the problem.  The Pond Guy sells a wide array of chemicals and tools for the removal of your aquatic nuisance species.  We are also licensed pesticide applicators, if you are interested in having one of our experienced technicians remove the weed problem for you.

Enjoy:  A pond that is clean, clear, and healthy is an excellent place to relax by, swim in, and fish.  The whole family can get involved in learning about aquatic ecosystems in this great outdoor classroom. All it takes is to Identify, Eradicate & Enjoy.
Algae & Chara

Algae: Filamentous algae has a thread-like appearance. Often referred to as pond scum or moss and it forms surface mats. Growth begins at the bottom and rises to the surface as a bubble filled mass. May also form fur-like growths on logs and rocks at the bottom. Planktonic algae is visible as a greenish tinge and is suspended in the upper few feet of water. It is commonly referred to as "pea soup" and may actually thicken the water during severe blooms.
Chara: Chara looks more like a rooted aquatic plant, but in fact it is classified as a type of algae. Chara is best identified by its distinct musky odor and bristly feel due to calcium deposits on its surface. It's leaves are whorled around it's stem.

Tips & Application: It is best to treat the chara using Algae Defense before raking. If you rake before the chara dies will spread!

Caution: If you have Trout or Koi you CANNOT use Algae Defense. You must use Hydrothol 191 Granular. Please contact your local environmental agency to determine what chemicals are restricted in your state.