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Our readers asked questions about small pond maintenance and recreation, and we've answered them. If you have a pond on your acreage, follow this advice!
Q: We just bought a small acreage with a beautiful pond, but now it's all covered with lime green slime! What can we do? A: The lime green, slimy pond scum you see is algae, which often...
Take steps to keep fertilizers and lawn products from entering the water
Fertilizers and lawn products are beneficial to grass but they can wreak havoc in your pond. If your pond has algae problems, your pristine yard may be the cause.   Some people have ponds...
Dead fish usually means the water needs more oxygen in it
Fish die from a variety of causes and a few dead fish floating on the surface of the farm pond isn’t necessarily a cause for alarm. But if there are a lot of dead fish and you see others...
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QUESTION: How can we tell if our farm pond is safe for swimming? ANSWER: A dip in the pond can be a welcome relief on a hot day, but it’s good to know what you’re jumping into....
Sunlight, warm water, and fertilizer cause this problem to grow.
QUESTION: We just bought a small acreage with a beautiful pond, but now it’s all covered with green slime. ANSWER: The slimy pond scum you see is algae, which often bloom in the...
Learn how to stop it from taking over your whole pond
I’ve seen ponds completely covered over in green and chances are good they’ve been infested with duckweed. Duckweed is a small, floating-leaf plant that’s about the diameter of a...
Beaver ponds are protecting downstream waters from excess nitrogen
Americans love their fertilizers. But when excess nitrogen reaches ponds, rivers, and streams it creates algae blooms, low oxygen levels that can kill fish, and dead zones along our coastlines....
If you have a small pond and kids who like to fish, consider stocking hybrid sunfish
Bluegill and other sunfish are common species in ponds, but there are benefits to stocking hybrid sunfish. Michael Masser is a fisheries specialist with Texas Agri-life Extension. He says the most...
Bring instant charm to your property
My uncle has three ponds on his farm. One is designated for raising hybrid bluegill and another is for nesting waterfowl habitat. But my favorite pond is the first all-purpose one he built. We have...
A bite-free experience depends on good pond management
When I’m fishing, I hate being attacked by swarms of mosquitoes. I use bug spray, but the skeeters always seem to find the one spot I miss. A nasty bug problem can rob anyone of the enjoyment...