We are a very environmentally friendly company and our pond maintenance practices reflect that. Only products that are good for the birds, bees and your pets will be used.
Too many products that are questionable to the environment are used to control algae. We look at what is causing the algae to grow and deal with that issue so that your pond can have a healthy and balanced ecosystem with minimal algae.
The normal approach is to kill off the algae with treatments. Unfortunately, the appearance of algae means there is a problem. It appears as nature’s way of trying to help your pond get healthy. When it is gone, then whatever was causing the algae in the first place will likely continue to get worse.
We offer spring start-ups, winter shutdowns, weekly, bi-monthly, monthly pond and customized maintenance options.
Why are filters so important in a water feature?
A filter is designed to remove excess nutrients and help keep your water feature a healthy ecosystem. The pump sucks the nutrients in and then they get caught up in the filter media. Due to the volume of nutrients collected, the filter will need to be backwashed every week or two. We have worked with just about every filter system you can imagine and unfortunately most home and store-bought systems are not effective. We have only found one system that truly does what it is supposed to do and is the only one we will install. A great filter has a backwash system that squeezes the sponges and actually gets most of the nutrients out, this is not the industry norm. These filters are great as we have some that have been in use longer than we have been in business ( since 2005 ) and are still in great shape. That’s not the norm as others we have dealt with require replacement parts within 2 years.
What Causes Algae?
Unfortunately, this filter is like most others and does not backwash the nutrients out. Algae start growing when there is an overabundance of nutrients in the water feature (rotting leaves and needles, fish waste, garden top dressing, dirt from gardens, fertilizer runoff, pollen, grass clippings and much more). In a nutshell, everything seems to end up in the pond. When all of these ingredients start to break down and rot it creates a black sludge that sits on the bottom of your pond and throughout your feature. This nutrient-rich sludge is a great fertilizer and why the algae start to grow. The more sludge in your pond the more algae you will have.
Algae is Mother Nature’s filtration system to break down these nutrients and a little bit of algae growth is a good thing as it is showing your water feature is nicely balanced. If you were to pick up some string algae, you would see the nutrients trapped inside that the algae are breaking down. A large amount of algae means Mother Nature is losing the battle against the excessive amount of nutrients but is putting up a good fight. Killing off the algae is taking Mother Nature out of the equation, deal with what is causing the algae rather than introducing products hard on the environment.