Ponds, simply due to their structure of being a big depression in the ground, are catch-all’s for a lot of things. Unfortunately a lot of this accumulation is organic debris that will eventually break down into a messy muck or sludge.
It’s been said that one of the pond owner’s main goals, if not THE main goal is to slow this process of “filling in” down as much as possible. Once this muck starts to rot and stink, it’s built up to the point where the pond’s natural assimilation processes just aren’t able to keep up with it any longer.
What’s unfortunate is that this mucky compost doesn’t just affect the bottom of the pond. And while it’s true that it serves as a really easy place for weed seeds to get established and rooted, it also releases so many nutrients that algae will often form below and above the water’s surface.
Water quality will suffer too, and in the case where the muck is really heavy, and the pond really stagnant, the risk of inversion, or the pond turning over, is very real. One good wind, or hard rain, and many fish in a pond can be lost very quickly.
Small ponds are not immune to this filling in as well, although many owners will clean their ponds out every season or two, the fact remains that if you’re having issues like algae, one of the first places you might want to look is at the bottom of the pond.
In the end, it’s just a good idea to keep a pond as clean and balanced as one can.
So how is this done?
Well first, you absolutely have to work against stagnant conditions. If a pond’s natural cleansing processes are in place, which means there’s a bit of dormant beneficial bacteria still present in the pond, sometimes all that’s required is increasing the oxygen a bit to help improve things.
If muck is already deeper than a few inches, then it’s often best to target this very specifically with muck reduction bacteria in the form of pellets. These are broadcast on the surface of the pond and then sink down into the muck itself and begin to break it down. With good oxygen in the water column, several inches of muck can be degraded away in a month or two. Rebroadcasting the pellets each month, or several months will often reduce this build up significantly and in many cases the pond’s overall appearance and condition will improve quite a bit.
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