When Should I Dye My Pond?

April 23, 2014

Due to uncontrollable geographic properties, a pond’s water may become dull, cloudy, or a dirty brown. A great way to reconcile this and enhance the beauty of your pond is to use special dyes designed for ponds. Pond dyes can be applied at any time.  They are not chemicals and will not kill the weeds and algae; however, a pond dye will help slow down weed and algae growth.

We do recommend dying your pond in the spring to help reduce weed growth.  This will significantly filter the amount of sunlight that gets to the underwater plants and algae, effectively slowing their growth and limiting the amount of regrowth you’ll experience throughout the season.

Pond dyes are best used in conjunction with herbicide and algaecide applications. The concentrates are easy to use.  Pour the correct dose into the pond at one or more locations.  Natural water movement will disperse the dye within a few hours throughout the pond.  All dyes are food-grade, which means that they will pose no threat to wildlife (fish or otherwise) if the dyed water is consumed. This means there are no restrictions on swimming, fishing, irrigation, or livestock watering when using a pond dye.

Our Sapphire Bay Blue Pond Dye contains a blend of blue and yellow dyes to block out specific light rays that are critical to photosynthesis.  It will leave your water a natural, pleasing blue color.  Continue to use a pond dye throughout the summer to keep your pond looking great!

Loch Ness Black Pond Dye is great to use in the fall months because it will filter a significant amount of the sunlight from reaching the underwater weeds and algae.  This substantially slows the regrowth of aquatic nuisances, leading to less growth the following spring.  This black dye will give your pond a bottomless and reflective appearance.

Keep your pond, lake, or water feature looking its best with a Pond Dye. To enhance the overall health of your pond and reduce the amount of regrowth, we recommend using our PONDRestore® Ultra kit.  You will be able to eliminate floating and submerged weeds, reduce the nutrients with SparKlear®, clear up remaining algae with Mizzen™, reduce phosphorus levels with our PhosControl® and diminish weed growth with our Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye.  

Is your pond ready for Spring?

April 15, 2014

The birds are chirping, the snow is finally melting and the temperatures are rising.  Your pond is starting to wake up because spring is finally here!  Do you need to clean your pond out?  The best time for pond management is in the spring time before the water temperature creeps above 55°F.  In April the water temperature is normally lower at this time and the weeds are just starting to grow.

Clean out debris---You want to get as many leaves and twigs out of your pond.  Using a skimmer or large net will be helpful for cleaning out large materials or particles that have not settled to the bottom of the pond over the fall and winter.

Inspect your equipment --- Did something get damaged over the fall/winter months?   If you have a fountain, aerator, or pond pump…now would be a good time to inspect them and clean them out thoroughly.  Replace any broken parts before you put them back in the pond.

Take a walk---Walk around the pond area and remove solid waste (by hand), re-arrange rocks that may have fallen over the winter months.  Keep the edge of your pond tidy, this will make a perfect habitat for frogs.

Get ahead of the weeds with a pond treatment---We recommend using our PONDRestore® Ultra Kit to stop the weeds before they start growing and to establish a balance with the good bacteria that is in your pond.  

Fluridone will control floating plants (like duckweed) and nearly all submerged pond weed varieties.  It is going to stay suspended longing in the water giving you more control.  It will help stop the weeds before they appear.

Our SparKlear® pellets are going to reduce the nutrients that enable weed and algae growth and promote the health of your pond.  PhosControl® will help clarify the water and reduce the phosphorus levels.  Phosphorus is the main source of food for algae, and algae cannot survive without phosphorus. 

As the temperatures start to rise, algae blooms can appear every 2-3 weeks.  Mizzen® is a copper based pond algaecide that easily controls filamentous algae and is user friendly.

Using a pond dye like Sapphire Bay® will not only leave your pond a pleasing blue color, but it will also block out specific light rays to deter weed and algae growth.

With a little work and some patience, your pond will be ready for the summer months ahead.  Rejuvenate your pond with a Spring Clean and our PONDRestore® Ultra Kit. 

Pond Ice Rinks: A Great Way to Enjoy your Pond All Year Long!

January 7, 2014

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String Algae Control is Vital to the Health of your Pond

November 13, 2013

Spirogyra, a.k.a. string algae, is an aquatic plant comprised of cylindrical cells that form long, thin, green filaments that can look like hair floating in the water of your lake, pond, or water feature.  It is quite common to find this algae in fresh water and it tends to grow in large, slimy masses. In the spring, spirogyra are only found underwater but as the water warms, the plant produces large amounts of oxygen, which becomes trapped in the algae’s hair-like masses and helps to raise the algae to the water’s surface.  It then attaches itself to rocks or other solid parts of a water feature or pond, resulting in a string algae control problem. More...

Pond Dredging is a Last Resort -- Try Weed Control and Management First

November 6, 2013

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Understanding the Seaweed in Ponds and Lakes

October 8, 2013

When you think of the word “seaweed” do many different images come to mind?  Do you think of exotic Japanese fare or underwater plants that brush your feet as you swim in a natural body of water?  Perhaps you think of the giant goop-covered green guy from the old movies-hard to imagine controlling seaweed in that scenario. More...

Widgeon Grass Control -- Easily Kill Widgeon Grass in Your Pond or Lake

October 7, 2013

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Elodea Control: Recognizing and Treating the Aquatic Plant Elodea

September 30, 2013

Also known as American or Canadian Waterweed or Pondweed, Elodea is a popular aquarium plant native to North America.  Elodea’s dark green oval-shaped leaves More...

Lily Pad Control: Removing Lily Pads from a Pond

September 12, 2013


Many people refer to the Water Lily, either the native or introduced varieties, as lily pads but that is simply the emergent part of the plant or part of the plant we can see above the water. The entire plant is much more complicated and includes a sophisticated root system which serves as one of its ways of reproduction.  This root system is the aspect that should be considered when one decides how to best manage their lily pad control issues. More...


Aquatic Weed Treatment From Lake Restoration Begins on Lake Minnewaska

September 4, 2013


Recently Lake Restoration was brought in by the Minnewaska Lake Association (MLA) to treat a serious infestation of Eurasian Watermilfoil.  The first aquatic weed treatment covered 15 acres of the nearly 130 of acres that are infested with the invasive plant.  These acres exist in 6 pockets across the lake’s total 7,100 acres.  The goal is, of course, complete removal of Eurasian Watermilfoil, however realistically speaking the MLA said they would be happy to simply control and halt the spread of the plant. More...

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