Fall pond treatment is just as important as any other time of the year. Many pond owners are tempted to slack on pond treatment, because they simply aren’t using the pond recreationally near as often. Once September hits, people start looking forward to cooler temps, warm nights by a fire, and football on the couch. Let’s be honest we have had enough of yard work and mowing, and we just want to go inside!
However, by neglecting your fall pond treatment duties you are virtually throwing all that hard work from the summer down the drain. I’m not saying you need to be out on the pond every week, however you still need to be monitoring your growth and treating it accordingly.
Late season pond growth will also look a little differently than spring/summer pond growth. You may see some spots of algae, but by now most algae should have been controlled with consecutive copper treatments and continued use of pond dye and pond bacteria. Submerged weeds come on during the middle of summer and will last into the fall. As temperatures fall your submerged weed growth will remain but will become calcified. You will want to stop treatments of submerged weed growth if your weeds are calcified. The weeds will not absorb anymore product and you will be wasting valuable time and money.
How do I know if my weeds are calcified? There are couple ways you will know.
- Weed treatments that normally work, stop working
- Growth is a brownish grey color on the top but still green at the base
- Water temps dip below 40°F
Don’t forget to continue your pond dye and pond bacteria treatments once a month or when your pond color fades. Stay tuned next week to find out more about how you are largely at the mercy of temperatures when it comes to fall pond treatment. We will also discuss how temperatures can negatively effect the health of your pond.
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