Pond Algae Removal in Bucks County, PA

Pond Algae Removal in Bucks County, PA
Pond Algae Removal in Bucks County, PA

Pond Algae Removal in Bucks County, PA seems impossible at times.  Algae is the most basic plant on the planet and can seem like the biggest problem to many pond owners. Algae is particularly heavy in the spring, when temperatures are warming, nutrients are plentiful, and the days are lighter and longer. Add those factors with the fact that plants like water lily or water iris, have not really “woken up” from their winter slumber so they are not challenging for those nutrients and you have the recipe for a lot of algae!

Steps for Pond Algae Removal in Bucks County, PA

1. Physically Remove String Algae

This is your best method for removing string algae. Though it may seem dirty, it is essential to do before treating so you can reduce the amount of decay. Pull the biggest bits of string algae near the base, pull hard, and put it into a bucket. It can sometimes be difficult to pull out a lot at one time since it is soft and malleable. Physical removal is the fastest way to get algae out of your pond and take the next step to crystal clear pond water. Winding around fingers/hands is the best approach aside from a toilet or long lint brush to roll it up with. The hand approach is easier because the thin strands are difficult to clean away from brush bristles. Wearing gloves are not required but may keep you cleaner. Use a long handled brush to pull out the algae at depth.

2. Treat Water and Kill Off Remaining Algae

Some sources suggest using a pond algaecide for Pond Algae Removal in Bucks County, PA, but we never recommend unnatural chemicals even if the labels state they are safe for fish and plants. We stick to natural solutions for algae control and recommend a combination of Aquascape products with bacteria/enzymes to speed up the process. Normal green hair-like or carpet/blanket algae which grows on pond walls and some rocks is best left untouched and completely acceptable.

3. Add Extra Plants and Remove Decay

Place quick growing and reproducing plants in your pond to increase oxygen content. Make sure you take out the decaying plants first, as they will not help your fight against algae. Choose plants that will grow larger, consume a lot of nutrients, and will not require a lot of upkeep. We recommend Water Lettuce, Irises, and Cattails for the spring and summer. You can solve many problems as a pond owner by placing plants to out-compete algae and suspend algae for excess nutrients. Just be careful to not add in any plants that already have string algae attached!

4. Find the Cause of the Algae Growth

– Look for potential causes of string algae by testing your water quality. If algae is growing at a problematic level than it is time to look beyond the algae and mat and deeper into the pond chemistry. High pH and Phosphorous levels are the leading cause of string algae. Examples of what can cause high pH are the clearing of algae blooms, excessive plant growth, overstocking of fish, and the introduction of foreign materials (untreated concrete, rocks containing limestone or calcium/granite). The most common cause of high phosphorous is from fertilizers that have leaked into the pond water. Iron is also a major contributor as well as grass clippings that find their way into the pond after mowing the lawn. Scoop green grass blades out immediately.

5. Feed Koi & Fish Less to Reduce Excess Nutrients

One of the most common errors by fish pond owners is to overfeed their fish, thus adding excess nutrient to the water. If there is any food left in the pond uneaten, you’ve fed your fish too much. By feeding less you also increase the fishes’ appetite for other substances in the pond. Like algae!

If you can’t (or don’t want to) take care of your Pond Algae Removal in Bucks County, PA, we certainly can. AquaReale specializes in pond algae removal as well as all other water features items in the Philadelphia area. Contact us to see how we can help you.

The Top Pond Builders in the Philadelphia area

The Top Pond Builders in the Philadelphia area
The Top Pond Builders in the Philadelphia area

The Top Pond Builders in the Philadelphia area

So who are the The Top Pond Builders in the Philadelphia area:and why would we recommend companies besides ourselves to build ponds?  Because we can’t do them all and these are the best companies around!  There are quite a few Top Pond Builders in Philadelphia we would recommend, along with some we would not.  AquaReale is not the best fit for each consumer, and we want to give you viable options.

There are many landscapers and others who present themselves as pond builders.  A true pond builder will have experience and certifications in pond building.  It’s a whole different thing then landscaping.  Most of the ponds we repair were put in by landscapers

Before hiring anyone, we recommend you ask them how many ponds they have built, what their certifications are and how often they are trained and educated in pond building techniques.   You should also ensure they hire a legal workforce and have all the appropriate insurances they need.

Here are the Top Four Pond Builders in Philadelphia that we recommend (in alphabetical order)

The Top Pond Builders in the Philadelphia area: Across the Ponds Aquascapes

This company is run by Chris and Diane Baker and they do beautiful work.  According to their website, “We believe that when you have passion for what you do it shows in your work. We are not a “do it all” landscape company for whom water features are but a small part of our business.”

The Top Pond Builders in the Philadelphia area: Cedar Run Landscaping

Cedar Run is owned by Alden Zove, an all around great guy.   According to their website, “Cedar Run Landscapes is a design-build residential and commercial North Wales landscape designer. With more than 30 years of experience, our landscape design principals embrace the concept of sustainability and the long-lived relationships between the landscape and their users.”  Alden and his team are very involved in stormwater management in the Philadelphia area.

The Top Pond Builders in the Philadelphia area:  Turpin Landscape Design Build

This company is run by the Turpin Family; two sons and their mother.  Their work is exceptional, and they are a true full-service firm.  According to their website “Turpin Landscaping is a full-service landscaping company dedicated to creating outdoor lifestyles…. Our specialties include design and installation of water features, masonry, landscaping and lighting, which we incorporate into beautiful custom projects.”

The Top Pond Builders in the Philadelphia area:  Pezzotti Brothers

Paul Pezzotti is one of the nicest people we have ever met, and an excellent landscaper and pond builder.  According to their website, “We are a third-generation company located on the Main Line, just west of Philadelphia. Quality is our landscape theme! We have passed on an old school work ethic that demands high quality. Contact us today to schedule your consultation. “

All of the above companies are exceptional pond builders are people we highly recommend.  Remember to make certain your pond builder has the proper certifications.  All of the people mentioned above ( as well as AquaReale) are part of the Aquascape Contractor network and are all Certified Aquascape Contractors.

No matter which Top Pond Builder in the Philadelphia area you choose, we wish you luck and success.  If we can be of further help, please contact us.