Before you dump chemicals into your pond to combat pond weeds, read the following information. There are alternatives to chemical pond weed removal. We advise against using chemicals in ponds, rivers, lakes, and other small bodies of water because they ruin water quality. As pond weeds die and rot, they release chemicals they’ve taken in, the same ones you’ve added to the water. Additionally, these rotting plants consume oxygen and increase the amount of organic sediment on the bottom of the pond. Anaerobic bacteria thrive on pond bottoms, as this environment has very little or low levels of O2. These naturally occurring bacteria digest organic sediments and dead pond weeds, but then release toxic gases into the water that can kill beneficial insects and aerobic bacteria. Your fish and wildlife may then die as a result of this oxygen depletion. Adding chemicals to your pond may kill pond weeds, but they’ll do nothing to remove any muck, fertilizer, or debris that accumulate in your pond over time, nor do they improve the health of your fish, quality of water, or reduce pond odor. Chemicals are no long-term solution.
New housing developments are partially responsible for the amount of nutrient runoff into streams, lakes, and ponds. Fertilizer, soil, and waste sediments wash into watersheds and cause pond weeds, algal blooms, lack of pond oxygen, high water temperatures, bad smelling pond odors, and dead fish and wildlife.
To combat pond weeds, we recommend an aeration system. In any natural pond ecosystem, you’ll find pond aeration, but a pond aeration system adds more O2 to an oxygen depleted environment. Pond aeration is the process of adding more oxygen to a pond to improve water quality, which fish and other aquatic animals require to thrive. Aerobic bacteria also thrive off of oxygen, and can help eliminate pollution and contribute towards a sustainable ecosystem. Once aerators and diffuser equipment is added to a pond, oxygen dissolves into the ecosystem and water quality quickly improves, allowing O2 thriving aerobic bacteria to naturally decompose organic matter, such as pond weeds and other plant life.
Using a natural system to reduce pond weeds contributes to a healthier pond ecosystem, as it’s based on the natural principle that ponds are self-cleaning and can restore themselves using their own natural processes. Normally, ponds keep themselves clean and free of excess pond weeds because they contain eco systems, with food chains of organisms that absorb excess nutrients. Runoff from the surrounding area can overwhelm this delicate ecosystem balance and cause an overgrowth of algae and pond weeds. Aeration only helps those natural water restoration processes along, duplicating and accelerating them to keep up with the increasing amount of today’s pollutants. Learn more about how to reduce pond weeds, prevent sediment build up, and improve the health of your pond with aeration.
Bio: Brian Kling is a Professional Engineer working with CLEAN-FLO to inform people about pond weeds and the process of pond aeration. For more information about pond aeration and pond weed removal, visit our site today!