How to have a healthy pond – Tips for maintenance in the spring

28/02/2018 How to have a healthy pond – Tips for maintenance in the spring

In order to enjoy a beautiful pond with clear water, experienced pond owners will start the pond season in the spring - at a time long before people are considering swimming. In addition to the necessary maintenance measures, the pond can also be perfectly prepared by using Multikraft microorganisms in a simple and natural way.

In order to enjoy a beautiful pond with clear water, experienced pond owners will start the pond season in the spring - at a time long before people are considering swimming. In addition to the necessary maintenance measures, the pond can also be perfectly prepared by using Multikraft
microorganisms in a simple and natural way. Here are some tips for a clear pond season.


To start off
The condition of a body of water is always a matter of nutrient balance. It is therefore necessary to remove nutrients that are in the form of old biomass. Above all, dead water plants as well as foliage should be removed by March to April, because otherwise the plant parts decompose and the nutrients bound in it dissolve in the water body and are available for future algae growth.
By cutting back the water plants, growth is stimulated and dead plant parts are easier to remove. This time can also be used to separate aquatic plants that developed well in the last season and replenish areas where aquatic plants have died with new plants.

Next steps
In the spring old sediments - especially in the swimming area - can also be suctioned away. This also reduces the nutrient content in the pond. Due to the sediments, the suctioned water is very nutrient-rich and can be used in the garden to fertilise it. Some pond owners wrap the head of the sludge suction cleaner with a net. This prevents it from suctioning newts, dragonfly larvae, and other pond inhabitants that are in the sediment. To prevent damage to the young shoots of aquatic plants, these maintenance measures should be carried out by the beginning of May at the latest.

As part of these measures, the pond liner should be checked around the edges for whether ice formation has caused damage. If the pond does not have a capillary barrier, the gravel fill around the edges should be checked once a year to check that it has not grown together with moss or other plants. This can cause nutrients from the environment to enter the pond when there is precipitation or humid conditions. In the case of ponds with filter material, the filter should be cleaned or backwashed at the beginning in order to prevent the nutrients from redissolving.

 

 

 

 

Multikraft spring treatment
After these first steps, the spring treatment can be carried out with Multikraft microorganisms, ZeoBas ultra-fine, and EM Ceramic Powder. These three products are mixed and diluted with a little pond water and spread using a watering can with a hole attachment over the entire regeneration area.

The spring treatment promotes the development of aquatic plants and prevents decay from forming. If decay occurs in the sediment or substrate of the aquatic plants, nutrients are released into the body of water and provided to the algae for future growth. EM Ceramic is best placed in flow-through areas such as watercourses or skimmers. It supports the effect of the Multikraft microorganisms and additionally provides pleasantly soft water by reducing the surface tension. Since bee pollen is very nutrient-rich, intense atmospheric input can pollute a pond. This can be remedied by using a skimmer that runs over a fine filter.

 

What to do with pond inhabitants?
For ponds with a fish population, work on the pond should start only when the water temperature is above 10°C and the fish are active again. The fish should only be fed at a constant water temperature from 12°C, otherwise the fish cannot utilise the feed. In the worst case, this could even lead to illness or death. If the water is too cold, the food is not accepted by the animals, sinks to the bottom, and begins to rot. This again promotes conditions under which algae as well as fish diseases can develop more easily.
In fish ponds, the use of the Multikraft microorganisms creates a milieu that promotes animal health and the balance of the pond.


Focus on the pond
With these maintenance measures in the spring, pond owners lay the foundation for a perfect pond season with clear water. Since each pond has its own character due to its location and circumstances, it should always be considered individually. Multikraft consultants are happy to provide further tips for the respective requirements or for specific questions about pond care.

Advantages of Multikraft treatment

Natural and man-made ponds that exhibit excessive algae growth, severe cloudiness, or odour can be restored to their natural balance by using Multikraft technology. Multikraft microorganisms prevent rot from developing. As a result, fewer nutrients are released into the water body and algae growth is reduced.

 

 

A spring treatment with EM Active, ZeoBas ultra-fine, and EM Ceramic Powder creates an environment in which aquatic plants can develop better and thus extract more nutrients from the water body. Furthermore, by using Multikraft microorganisms sludge and sediment can be reduced. These are ideal conditions for clear water and a smooth pond season.

 

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