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To keep ponds clear, it's best to begin treatment early in the season before problems arise.
ALL gardeners want to be green — except when it comes to water. Whether you have a fountain, pond or a small reflecting pool, chances are good that at some point you'll have to deal with nuisance algae.
Mother Nature has a way of colonizing just about any watery habitat with algae — even a birdbath. Small amounts of algae may be a simple annoyance, discoloring containers with a film of green slime. In ponds, however, large amounts of algae can clog pumps and filters and harm fish.
The best method for reducing algae growth depends on the size and type of the water feature, the time of year and the extent of the problem, as well as aesthetics and convenience. In general, it's best to begin treatment early in the season — before problems arise.
Bird Bath Cleaners: Keep it fresh and crystal clear the way nature does, with the cleansing power of beneficial bacteria and enzymes. One disposable dispenser of our all-natural cleaner works for 30 days and cleanses containers up to 7 gallons.
Submersible Dispenser: Uses beneficial bacteria and enzymes to clarify water, this discreet dispenser can be submerged in your pond. Treats 300 to 2,500 gallons for 30 days.
Ideally, large ponds contain a variety of plant and animal life that can help keep algae in check, but you might need to take steps to prevent murky water. Here are some helpful products:
Aquasphere: Float this biodegradable ball in your pond and it will keep algae in check for 30 days.
Blast: A quick and effective way to deal with algae blooms, which are algae overgrowths that can occur during certain weather conditions. This product is best used along with the Aquasphere for long-lasting protection.
The Submersible Dispenser uses the cleansing power of beneficial bacteria and enzymes to help clarify water. Ideal for small ponds, it treats 300 to 2,500 gallons of water for 30 days. The product consists of a plastic dispenser containing the cleansing formula; refills are available. Because it is submerged in the water, the Submersible Dispenser is another invisible way to achieve clear water.
The Aquasphere is a floating ball made from 100 percent biodegradable cornstarch that slowly degrades and dissolves. It contains beneficial bacteria and enzymes that reduce excess nutrients that lead to algae blooms. For best results, install a fresh Aquasphere monthly.
Blast is a concentrated source of beneficial bacteria similar to those found in the Aquasphere. It is best used to manage seasonal spikes in algae growth; use it alongside the Aquasphere for long-term control. Available in two formulations, based on pond size: 2,500-gallon and 125,000-gallon.
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