Published on: February 18, 2021
What do you do when your pond seems to have gotten to the point of no return? It looks awful, it smells, and it serves no purpose. When your pond is bogged down with layers of muck and sludge at the bottom and full of weeds, algae, and debris, it's common to feel the need to start over. Many people resort to dredging, a costly procedure that removes everything from the pond so you can rebuild a new one in its place.
Nature's Pond Care 3 Step Program is a proven solution to restore any pond without having to start all over; no matter how neglected and bogged down a pond may be.
The process of dredging a pond begins by removing all wildlife and draining the water from the pond. Ideally, once the pond is drained out it is left to dry. Next, heavy equipment is brought in to dig out the sediment layers of muck and sludge. The mounds of dead material are scraped away from the bottom and sides of the pond, destroying the entire ecosystem and much of the landscape surrounding its edges. After the dredging has been completed there is a significant amount of clean-up that must take place. Everything that is scraped away must be transported with a dump truck to be disposed of. The landscape surrounding the pond must be restored which can also be costly. Seeding new grass and shrubs can take a long time to establish and grow. Runoff or rainfall restore the pond’s water, or it is manually pumped back in. Even once the landscape and water are restored it can take a long time before the ecosystem has fully recovered. And, if nothing is done to care for the pond after dredging it will continue to build up with muck and sludge, requiring another dredging procedure in the near future. For many reasons, dredging may not even be an option for some pond owners. For example, a spring-fed pond could be impossible to dry out, preventing heavy equipment from operating or a pond located too close to houses, trees, powerlines, or other structures could be inaccessible for heavy equipment.
The cost of dredging a pond can vary depending on the size of the pond. Costs for the procedure include having the pond and land surveyed beforehand, equipment and labour costs of the excavation company, and landscaping services and materials to rebuild the land surrounding the pond.
Dredging a pond can easily become a project that costs thousands to tens of thousands of dollars since all of these expenditures will add up.
Nature’s Pond powered by Koenders Water Solutions' Natural 3 Step Pond Care Program is the alternative to dredging that you are looking for. It costs a fraction of what it would if you were to dredge your pond. By employing this simple and cost-effective 3-step program, you can reduce muck and sludge without hurting the environment or your wallet.
Natures Pond Conditioner is made from a natural blend of beneficial bacteria, enzymes, plant extracts and a food-grade dye. This powerful formula goes to work breaking down and consuming phosphorus, nitrogen, cyanobacteria, and other polluting nutrients causing muck and sludge at the bottom of the pond. Nature’s Pond Conditioner supports and enhances the ecosystem, starting with the tiniest of organisms, rather than destroying it!
Once the nutrients have been broken down, bottom-up aeration infuses the water with oxygen. The oxygen supports the beneficial bacteria in the water to further help eradicate muck and sludge build-up in the bottom of the pond. This process can reduce muck and sludge by up to 12 inches per/yr.
Finally, remove unwanted aquatic vegetation manually to maintain the health of your pond with the Cutter n’ Rake. Nature’s Pond Cutter ‘N’ Rake, is a 3-in-1 tool that includes interchangeable rake and cutter heads so that you can cut weeds, then pull and rake them out of your water for good. The rake also comes with a floater option to rake off floating aquatic vegetation or you can take the float off the rake head and have it sink into the water to rake weeds that are lower down.
It’s a safe and sustainable alternative to dredging; dead weeds sink to the bottom of the water and cause layers of muck and sludge. Simply remove the unwanted aquatic vegetation from your water with the Cutter ‘N’ Rake before they become a problem to avoid build-up at the bottom of the pond.