I get quite a few calls about what can be done with ponds that have problems. In many cases a hole was just dug in the ground and allowed to fill with water. The property owner’s expectation of a crystal clear spring has turned into a muddy mess! The next mistake made is trying solutions in a hit or miss fashion that can end up to be frustrating and expensive.
There are real pitfalls for both the professional and the consumer with getting advice over the phone, through the internet or through other media. For instance some pond owners plan to use toxic pesticides in their pond, have set up some aeration that really isn’t working or want to put a species of fish in their pond that might not do well.
Because of all the variables, it is difficult for me to diagnose problems over the phone and it is very difficult for consumers read an article and think they have found a solution for their specific situation.
The good news is there is an alternative that achieves a high level of success with pond management. Start with a sustainable pond on-site assessment! An assessment will uncover the biological reasons and the supporting science to solve the the problems that you might have with your pond.
A visit by a knowledgeable professional that includes interviewing the customer, checking on the pond and deciding the next step of action is the essential ingredient to reaching your goals in successful management of your pond.