Spring is in the Air, Algae’s in your pond…

For most of the country, spring has sprung. People have started opening their water features and Mother Nature is now beginning to wreak havoc on your creations.

Cleaning out your water feature at the beginning of the season can be a daunting task, but with these helpful tips, your feature will be up and running in no time, and will be as beautiful as ever.

Pond in the SpringtimeBetween the months of March and May, ponds need tender loving care depending on which part of the country you are located in.

For pond owners, this time of the year can be a bit complicated, but with a little more attention, it can be easily managed. When opening your pond, be sure to remove all the left over fall debris to give your pond a fresh start to the season.

Although unlikely, some ponds may need to be completely drained and cleaned, this is costly and may be unnecessary. A good clean up with netting out leaves, debris, and string algae may do the job.

Once you’ve done some clean up and your skimmer, pump and biological filter are running, you will need to begin beneficial bacteria treatments which should continue until you close your pond in the Fall.

You may be wondering why you have string algae in your pond after the winter months, this is due to the amount of nutrients in the water being greater than the things that consume them, like plants, fish and beneficial bacteria.

Once it becomes balanced again, the string algae should clear itself up. Liquid and granular algaecides can help reduce growth, but your main goal should be to have your filter system and plants with the aid of beneficial bacteria, remove algae, naturally.

Adding aeration to your pond is another way to enhance the water clarity and quality.

When it comes to Pond-free applications or Fountains, although they will be easier to maintain, will still need your attention from March through May. Like opening a pond, you will need to clean up any leftover fall debris, and re-connect your pump to get the stagnant water moving again.

You may have a slight rotten egg smell, but once you turn on the feature, this should pass after about 24 hours of water circulation.

Mother Nature takes its toll on these types of water features also! Algae will start to form in the streambed of a waterfall and on a decorative piece.

Liquid and granular algaecides can help reduce the growth and keep the feature clear. Another great option for these features is a copper ionizer, which releases a small dose of copper ions into the water to ward off algae.

Remember, very small doses are all that would be needed (around .02ppm), so make sure you are testing your copper levels if you are using an ionizer.

Feel free to add your tips and suggestions about what you do to get your water features up and running for the Spring season!

 

How do you work with Mother Nature versus fighting Mother Nature?

 

 


About the Author:
Jim is the National Sales Manager for Atlantic Water Gardens.
JIM CHUBB

Jim is the National Sales Manager for Atlantic Water Gardens. With 26 years of sales experience and 16 years in the water garden industry, Jim is your go-to guy for selling water features.

We Are Atlantic Water Gardens

Welcome to the new Atlantic Water Gardens Blog. We will be bringing you information on all types of water features each month to help keep you up to date on what is happening in the industry as well as what is happening with Atlantic Water Gardens. Don’t worry we will also be including the educational pieces that you have come to expect from us. Our entire Atlantic Water Gardens team will be contributing to this blog in an effort to give you a great variety of topics, as well as sharing our diverse areas of expertise.

You will hear from –

Demi Fortuna –Demi is the Direct of Product Information for Atlantic Water Gardens

Demi has been playing in ponds since 1966, building them since 1986, and teaching since 2006.

Since his first disastrous but educational foray into water gardening on Long Island in 1986, he has been solidly stuck in the muck of water gardening.  As the owner of August Moon Designs starting 1990, he developed an interest in innovative plumbing and large, low-maintenance ponds. Since 2006, he has been lecturing across the U.S. and Canada on pump selection, conservation of resources and pond design. He is now proudly the Director of Product Information for Atlantic Water Gardens, promoting innovative pond equipment and techniques that maximize safety, efficiency and profits while minimizing maintenance, callbacks and costs. Whenever possible, Demi is still tickled pink to work with his sons Edwin and Ely building all sorts of water features, under the strict supervision of the boss, his wife Susan, of course.

Sean Bell –Sean is the Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast for Atlantic Water Gardens. Fish Geek and water feature enthusiast, Sean has managed one of the largest aquarium stores in the Southeast while running his own pond maintenance company.

Sean is our professional fish geek. He got his hands on his first aquarium in 1978 and never looked back. It was the beginning of a lifelong obsession that persists to this day. He has raised just about every type of fish you can have in the aquarium hobby and then some. His love of goldfish and koi came about in 2000. He was managing one of the largest aquarium stores in the Southeast while running his own pond maintenance company. His love and knowledge of fish and water quality has led him to work with the top companies in the country and now he is the Regional Sales Manager of the South East here at Atlantic Water Gardens. His experience in retail, distribution and installation will show through with each of his blog posts.


Jim Chubb Jim is the National Sales Manager for Atlantic Water Gardens.

Atlantic’s National Sales Manager and Distribution Channel expert. Jim has been in the Sales Industry for over 26 years and over 16 years in the water garden industry promoting and training distributors and contractors on the how-to’s and selling points of water features. He got his start in distribution and has worked for top companies in the industry. We will hear from him as he travels the country on various topics on water features and selling. A pond owner for the last 12 years, Jim is a definite pond and koi lover and maintenance guru.


Shelby ScuderiMeet Shelby, AWG Graphic Designer and Social Media Extraordinaire

AWG Graphic Designer and Social Media extraordinaire. Shelby will be contributing various tips and tricks that she uses and has found useful when publishing social content and interacting with followers on different platforms. Her continued efforts can be seen on each of the various social media sites as she brings you updates on products and programs from Atlantic Water Gardens.

 

So stay tuned and check in with us each month. But don’t forget to check out Atlantic Water Gardens University and its growing content. Also remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel, AWGtv for the most recent content both in English and Spanish.

 


About the Author:


Sean is the Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast for Atlantic Water Gardens. Fish Geek and water feature enthusiast, Sean has managed one of the largest aquarium stores in the Southeast while running his own pond maintenance company.SEAN BELL

Sean is the Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast for Atlantic Water Gardens. Fish Geek and water feature enthusiast, Sean has managed one of the largest aquarium stores in the Southeast while running his own pond maintenance company. When it comes to water features, Sean is your guy!