Is your pond as clear and clean as you want it to be?

Every pond is different. This guide has been designed to help you with situations our customers generally encounter. If your situation is unique, talk to one of our experts!

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If your pond is clean, keep it clean! Prevent the following situations by using a dyeing agent. The agent inhibits ultra violet rays from hitting the plants at the bottom of the pond. Without the ultra violet rays, the water temperature will not be warm enough for the plant.

Prevention requires commitment! Dye must be applied as needed. Application frequency ranges depending on rainfall and water current.

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Algae is one of the most common pond problems in our area. Although, we often see it floating on the top of the water, growth begins at the bottom of the pond. The surface algae has simply floated to the top after detaching from the plant at the bottom.

Floor Algae : To best control algae, focus on the bottom of your pond first, then the top. We recommend targeting pond floor algae with Reward, a herbicide not toxic to fish.

Floating Algae : There are two typical approaches when combatting floating algae.

1. Wait until your herbicide clears the bottom of the pond and rely on water current and time to clear it away. You can also rake the algae to the drain to speed the process.

2. Use Cutrine (liquid or granular) or Copper Sulfate (blue stone) to decomposes the floating algae. Caution - too much will kill fish! We recommend treating 1/3 of the pond at a time. You can also rake the algae to your drain prior to application to speed the process.

For the pond floor algae we recommend

Our experts recommend using Reward. It is non-toxic to fish.

For the floating algae we recommend

Caution - too much will kill fish!

Controlling Other Pond Plants

Duck Weed is a challenging weed to eliminate. We recommend using Sonar. See label for additional information regarding safety of fish and application rate.

For emerged Cattails, Water Hyacinths, and Pond Weed, use an Aquatic Glyphosate. We recommend Glyphomate 41 and Rodeo.

A More Natural Approach


Barley straw is often used in ponds to help filter algae. It is bound by a netting or twine and placed in the bottom of the pond. Although this product serves as a filter, it does not have any "killing power." Relying on the current of the pond, the barley straw "catches" some of the algea before it rises to the top It will not eliminate the growing algae plants on the pond floor. Caution - we recommend keeping a close eye on the twine for a large bale. It can break and leave a larger mess.