Ponds turn green when there is excess algae. Algae need sunlight and nutrients to grow. While you can’t control how much sunlight reaches the pond, you can manage the amount of nutrients. Do not use fertilizer within 10 feet of the pond. Do not mow right up to the edge of the pond—instead maintain a buffer of grasses and flowers around the pond. Keep livestock and pet waste away from the pond. If you have an aerator, make sure that it is properly maintained.
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