Three Tools to Support Beneficial Bacteria
Aeration is a significant aspect of the preventative approach. Not only does aeration keep water cool (weeds grow faster in warmer water), it increases your pond’s oxygen level. Oxygen supports aerobic (oxygen-using) microbes in quickly consuming and converting nutrients so weeds stay in check. By helping the bacteria feed efficiently, oxygen prevents large bacterial die-offs which could otherwise cause a nutrient spike and trigger a re-emergence of weeds.
Inoculation is another powerful tool. Inoculation introduces additional beneficial bacteria to your water body to attack the nutrient load. You may need a one-time kickstart inoculation or an ongoing schedule of microbial top-ups.
Bacterial Habitats round out your prevention program. Along with oxygenation and microbial inoculation, support the potency of your beneficial bacteria population by giving it an environment to colonize. Beneficial bacteria requires a habitat in your pond for it to self-propagate, thus providing an uninterrupted force of healthy microbes to devour nutrients. Bacteria loves fine nooks and crannies to develop in, as you would find in a gravelly bed or a manufactured nesting site like BioBoost Nest.