As summer arrives, we look forward to the opportunity to get our feet wet—maybe even swim a little—in a beautiful, inviting pond surrounded by inspiring greenery and under blue skies.
When we take that first step into our pond, the last thing we want is to have the experience ruined by stepping into several inches or more of muck and sludge. Who wants to walk or swim in that? No one, that’s who. Even fish and local wildlife would be happier without that.
Fortunately, pond muck can be managed and removed.
Pond muck. Why does it exist?
Muck accumulates as time passes due to a continuous build-up of dead vegetation and fish waste sunk to the bottom of your pond. This organic material breaks down and becomes the dark, sticky, slimy sludge that’s so unpleasant to feel squishing between your toes. While this is a natural part of pond stratification, significant muck growth can result in unpleasant odors, algae growth, and an abundance of weeds. All of these make enjoying your pond a lot more challenging.
What you can do about it.
It depends on how much muck you’re experiencing. If your pond only has a few inches of muck, or you’re looking to get ahead of the problem entirely, there are commercially available pond cleaners you can apply every month to keep up on the health of your pond. These cleaners consist of a blend of microorganisms designed to break down the messy waste that collects at the bottom of your pond while, at the same time, is specifically designed to maintain the eco-balance of your pond in a naturally healthy and balanced manner.
For deeper accumulations of muck, you might be tempted to dredge—to physically dig out and scrape the muck from the bottom of your pond or along the shoreline. The problem with that is while it may remove some of the unsightly, unpleasant sludge, it also mixes phosphorus, nitrogen, and other pollutants in the water, which can harm other aquatic life and bring the sludge back worse than before. Instead, we recommend bacterial treatments specially designed for deeper muck issues and for use along shore edges and dock areas where you would most desire seeing the problem controlled.
Promoting water quality and healthy life.
The mess, smell, and unsightliness of pond muck are not things you should have to experience. With regular, expert maintenance, you can preserve and reclaim your pond’s health and value for years to come. These bacterial processes—using natural enzymes—will go far in improving your pond’s oxygenation and water quality, which will encourage the healthy, vibrant life your pond deserves.
You’ll find yourself enjoying your pond not only in the summer but all year round. Contact us today if you are in need of muck removal for your lake or pond!