Earth Pond Troubleshooting Guide

This quick guide offers solutions to earth pond upkeep problems such as algae, erosion, low water level, fishkill, flooding, stagnant water, and siltation.

| April/May 1992

  • Old Barn and Pond

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  • Old Barn and Pond

Perhaps you’ve just moved to a new home with an earth pond that’s been left on its own for too long. Or maybe you’ve had an earth pond for a while now and you do all the necessary pond upkeep tasks regularly. Whatever the case, and no matter how diligent a pondkeeper you are, nature can sometimes get the best of your pond. Here are some tips and tricks for diagnosing the cause of common earth pond problems, and fixing them.

Algae

Problem: Inadequate exchange of fresh water.
Solution: Increase inflow.

Problem: Pond too shallow and/or warm.
Solution: Dredge deeper; increase flow.

Problem: Excessive nutrients flowing into pond.
Solution:
Eliminate nutrient inflow; use biological methods to decompose or eliminate nutrients; use aeration.



Aquatic Weeds, Emergent

Problem: Taking over pond edges, basin.
Solution:
Use biological methods; manually remove weeds; dredge; draw down.

Aquatic Weeds, Submerged

Problem: Taking over pond.
Solution:
Use biological methods; manually remove weeds; dredge; draw down.






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