Organic Pond Care

Clean-Up Summer Bacteria

Organic waste is the single largest contributor to poor pond water quality and the growth of unwanted plants, such as weeds and algae. Water clarity and sludge removal using bacteria and enzymes is a natural, chemical-free way to reduce pond organic matter. The small 1-ounce dry packets are more effective in dispersing bacteria throughout the whole pond, compared to using larger, fewer dosage amounts. The blend of bacteria we’ve chosen, along with the addition of chopped barley, works very well at reducing organic matter in your pond and reducing the likelihood of an algae bloom.

$32. / 24 Ct.1 Oz. Dry Bacteria Packets – Treats 24,000 gallons or ½ acre

Spring and Fall Clean-Up

This stuff works better than anything we have ever tried for cold water applications. This is a vital part of keeping any pond clean during the colder months, where natural bacteria don’t do a lot for your water quality for more than 5 months a year, due to cold weather and water temperatures.

$89./ Gallon – Treats 64,000 Gallons or ¼ acre

These products are safe for all fish, pets, wildlife, plants, and people!

Algae Fighting Products

Algaway 5.4

Great for Swim ponds and pools. Prevents and gets rid of suspended algae and kills string algae can be applied to areas containing fish and plants. Safe for everything since it dissipates quickly. Safe for Swimming ponds and pools!

$63 / 1 Gal.
$23 / 1 Qt.

Algae Off

For large blooms of algae, sprinkle this powder directly onto algae to kill it on contact.

$144 / 25 lbs
$59 / 10 lbs
$20 / 2 lbs

Algae Fix

Keeps ornamental ponds and water gardens clean and clear of algae, while minimizing future algae problems.

$87 / 1 Gal.
$51 / 64 oz.
$28 / 32 oz.

Garden Pumps

Most water garden pumps are used to both filter water and run moving water such as waterfalls or fountains. There are 2 basic types.


These pumps used to be put right into the bottom of the pond, although today, you are more likely to find them located inside of a skimmer box. They are easy to install and can be fairly efficient.


These pumps are more efficient although rarely used in today’s average water garden. More plumbing is required and they cost from about $300 to about $600.

The cost range varies with quality and energy efficiency. Pumps referred to as “mag-drive” are very efficient submersibles up to about 3,000 gallons per hour.

We like to use a variable speed above ground pump whenever possible as these pumps are very functional and energy-efficient, as they can be slowed down when not needed for waterfalls or fountains, are being used or viewed. For serious water these pumps are great.

Garden Filters

There are as many filters as there are pumps in the water garden industry. 3 basic needs are present when trying to filter your water garden.


A pump is required for any filter so you must protect the inlet of your pump from plugging up, this is sort of pre-filtering of large debris. It usually involves a screen of some sort on the intake of your pump. For some small (5′ x 8′ x 2′ deep) ponds a bottom filter is about all that is required for filtration. This filter connects to a pump at the bottom of your pond.


Skimmers are probably the only real innovation in the water garden industry to date. All skimmer boxes today are made of plastic, a concern here in the freezing north country, and in hot climates where plastic can take on its own shape in the midday sun. We believe that most water gardens benefit from skimming as this is where most debris first enters the pond ecosystem. Today’s skimmer boxes can accommodate a submersible pump or a plumbed suction line from an external pump. These units go in the ground behind your liner outside of the pond. They have a leaf basket and a filter mat which keeps the pump clean and free of debris.


Water is moved from the pump to some sort of filter container or vessel. These can be complex systems of media that must be cleaned periodically, or as simple as what many refer to as a bog or biofilter. These filters from size; the larger, the better to some extent. We find bog filters to be very easy to care for. They require only a few hours per year to maintain, and they are essentially plants filters and mature into very pretty gardens in and of themselves. This bog filter is full of water celery. Most “kits” sold today come with a waterfall filter. This has its use in very limited spaces, but not in an easy-care garden. They must be cleaned frequently and are also vulnerable to freezing and hot temperature movement.


pH Test Strips

5 in 1 Tests for:

  • pH
  • Alkalinity
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
    • Pure white/lush green leaf
    • Med/Lg.
    • Very fragrant/Lgst. WhiteHardness (0- 425)

$12.99 / box


This is a sinking thermometer.

  • Easy-to-read Fahrenheit & Celsius Scales.
  • Measures from 120°F to -20°F.


Leaf Net and Pole

12 inch net.


Pond Scissors

  • Telescoping 6-12 foot pole
  • 49-inch handle makes trimming your lilies and other plants a breeze to keep healthy and blooming


Plant Varieties


Water Hyacinth Tropical: Lavender blue bloom spikes

Water Lettuce Tropical: Light Green