Why your pond needs a thorough seasonal cleanup?
Submitted by Carlson on Tue. 26/07/2016 - 0:42
Although it may seem obvious why a cleaning is required for your pond, if the muck on the bottom of your pond is visible or the algae is overwhelming, there are other inconspicuous factors to keep in mind. Ponds and water gardens are basically man made holes in the ground that are filled with water and at minimum have a form of moving the water around via a pump, or other more specialized systems have a complete filtration system. The latter requiring less thorough cleanings in appearance. However, all systems at one point or another will eventually require such mentioned cleaning, and here is why. When water is added to compensate for evaporation, it contains all full spectrum of minerals, trace elements, carbonates, bicarbonates, etc. But when such water evaporates only H2O escapes and the minerals and other elements stay, this is the basic idea behind distilled water. As time goes by all this elements and carbonates concentrate making our water harder, as if our water in Los Angeles wasn't hard enough, with an average pH of 8.2 Other elements such as growth inhibitors called pheromones also concentrate, and then we wonder why our Koi are not growing. Now, when we pair that to decaying leaves, runoff soil and fertilizers (in poorly designed ponds... more about this on an upcoming blog), excessive algae and uneaten food then the idea of a cleanup becomes very simple to grasp. A couple things to remember, partial water changes are required as a form of pond maintenance during filter cleaning or pond vacuuming and cannot be in place of a thorough cleanup, but they definitely have a very important role in the upkeep of the water chemistry year round. Addition of algaecides or any other chemicals commonly used in ponds also tend to accumulate overtime, we don't suggest using them. In nature, lakes have their own form of a cleanup when the rain season happens. Rushing water rapidly and overflowing therefore adding a large percentage of new water. When is the best time for a cleanup? We hear this question time after time. The short answer is NOW, think of you inside a small room with toxic cigarette smoke, when would it be a good time to replace that smoke with clean air? if your pond is not in such toxic conditions and is currently maintained by us periodically in a weekly or every other week fashion, then spring and fall are the best times. On a final note, we're all concerned about the drought here in So Cal, and as a green business we encourage the use of the plant nutrient rich disposed water to be reused in your grass or garden area. On Golden Pond uses this practices during a cleanup and pond maintenance, more details on how we do a spring cleaning soon... Thank you for following!