It may seem a bit early to say this for some folks around the country but summer is coming to a close. Where did it go?!?
I’ll be right up front. I enjoy summertime. Yes we’re kept incredibly busy and it gets to be crazy around here sometimes, but I’m not sure I would have it any other way.
When I was a younger man, I enjoyed (or seemed to enjoy) winter more. And I realize it’s mostly a perspective, but in recent years, I’ve tried to hang onto summer as long as I can.
Hence the wardrobe change in the most recent video:)
The shirt somehow eases the discomfort I have in talking about colder weather but it’s important to cover some topics concerning fall and winter pond preparation so the next few videos will do just that.
Today, I discuss one of the more common questions we get coming into the fall. And that is, should one continue to use beneficial bacteria even though the weather is cooling off and a lot of algae is going away?
It’s a good question.
I’ll let the video cover much of this topic, but I do want to mention something relating to algae control.
If you use chemicals to deal with algae issues ( 🙁 ), it’s certainly true that you shouldn’t need to use them much longer. Most algae types and other unwanted growth will subside when the weather cools off.
Bacteria however isn’t and shouldn’t be considered an algae control perse’. It, more than anything, is a pond cleanser or a rejuvenator that helps keep organic loads in check, or brings them into line if they are overloaded.
A by-product of all of this good work is a cleaner pond in general, and one that will more likely not have as much of an issue with unwanted growths.
It should always be remembered that bacteria does so much more than simply help keep algae at bay. Contrary to some emails we get, it’s not a chemical and should never be confused with an algaecide or herbicide. We tend to suggest limiting the use of both of these things whenever possible.
Watch the video below to get my take on bacteria for fall prep.