Nature's Pond Care by Koenders Water Solutions Inc.

May
11

Less water, fewer grapes and a growing need for an irrigation overhaul--  California’s four-year drought has left Napa Valley’s consumers as thirsty as its water-starved vines. Light rain, heavy water restrictions and a ban on new well-pumping have tested the resilience of almost every vineyard in the California area. Many vineyards, unwilling to rely solely on the state for water, have installed irrigation ponds to capture rainwater. SFGate.com calls irrigation ponds, ‘the wisest way to irrigate’ and deems them “as essential to wine country as the vines themselves.” When used correctly, ponds allow many vineyards to be “self-sufficient, collecting rainfall and subsurface seepage for all their irrigation,” plus, “they can also protect low-lying vineyards against frost.” While irrigation ponds solve a host of problems for grape growers, they can also create problems when they are not properly maintained.

CWSS the California Weed Science Society investigated the issues plaguing irrigation ponds and found that while ponds were necessary, many have “developed algae and weed problems that can clog drip emitters and sprinkler heads.” The journal also points out the aesthetic importance of irrigation ponds in what they call the vineyard experience noting that foul odors and excessive weed and algae growth will not provide the experience desired by vineyard visitors. These problems must be addressed, but routinely dredging pond bottoms with heavy machinery, or dousing the ponds with harmful chemicals are neither cost-effective, nor in keeping with the sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices espoused by the grape growing community. Grape growers are in need of an affordable, all-natural alternative-- We at Nature’s Pond Care have heard the needs of farmers and grape growers across the west coast and have put together a comprehensive, 3-step solution to irrigation pond maintenance:

 

Step 1: Nature’s Pond Conditioner

Studies have shown that introducing aerobic bacteria to a body of water helps breakdown pond-sludge and eliminate foul odours. Our Nature’s Pond Conditioner is a blend of beneficial bacteria and enzymes, plant extracts and a food-grade pond dye that works to:

 

  • Create clean, clear and odour-free water

  • Reduce pond sludge and muck-- both of which contribute to water loss

  • Improve water quality with very little effort/maintenance

  • Keep your staff, wildlife and vines safe and chemical-free

 

Step 2: Koenders Bottom-Up Aeration Systems

Our bottom-up aerators are uniquely designed to increase oxygen levels and improve water circulation. Proper aeration provides many benefits to an irrigation pond including:

 

  • clean, healthy water

  • Reducing algae, weeds and pond sludge

  • Controlling insect larvae

  • Preventing stagnation

 

Bottom-up aeration is 5-10x more effective than surface aeration such as bubblers and fountains.

 

Step 3: Nature’s Pond Cutter N’ Rake

Removing dead vegetation is an important step in pond maintenance. Prevent organic sludge buildup and increased fertility rate due to decomposing organic matter by cutting and raking out weeds and leaves.

Nature’s Pond Cutter N’ Rake tool is and all-in-one tool that includes two interchangeable cutter and rake heads on a lightweight 11ft long handle. A detachable flotation tube allows the user to skim the surface of the pond with minimal effort.

 

For more information please see:

NaturesPondCare.com

Or Contact us directly:

1-877-888-7707 ext 21

Charris@koenderswatersolutions.com

 

For Further Reading: 

Smith, Charles. "Pond, or Preserve/ Vineyard ponds prove wisest way to irrigate." SF Gate, 22 May, 2005. Web. 11 May, 2015. www.sfgate.com/magazine/article/Pond-or-Preserve-Vineyard-ponds-prove-the-2668975.php

Roncoroni, John A. “Weeds of One-Two Acre Vineyard Irrigation Pond.” California Weed Science Society Journal, Volume 7, Number 1, May, 2011. Web. 11 May, 2015 http://www.cwss.org/uploaded/media_pdf/8488-CWSS_4th_edition.pdf

 


Share this article

Recent Posts

6 Things Everyone with a Pond Should Do to Get Ready for Spring and Summer

6 Things Everyone with a Pond Should Do to Get Ready for Spring and Summer

Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner.…

Koenders Helps Orphan Home in Cambodia

Koenders Helps Orphan Home in Cambodia

Koenders windmills can be found aerating ponds all over the world, improving water quality for many different functions. In Cambodia you can find a Koenders Windmill helping two amazing missionaries finance their orphan home.

Water Quality Impacts Livestock Health and Weight Gains

Water Quality Impacts Livestock Health and Weight Gains

Water is essential for livestock production and research has shown that water quality can affect livestock performance. Studies show that livestock with access to clean water are healthier, will drink and eat more, and ultimately gain weight quicker.

Koenders Water Solutions Inc.  30th Year Anniversary

Koenders Water Solutions Inc. 30th Year Anniversary

Koenders Water Solutions Inc. 30th Year Anniversary…

Do's and Don'ts of Caring for Plumbing Septic and Sewage Lagoons

Do's and Don'ts of Caring for Plumbing Septic and Sewage Lagoons

Plumbing, Septic, and Sewage treatment is part of everyday human life all over the world. It’s not something we think about when we flush the toilet, run the washing machine, clean our dishes or have a shower. But these essential activities have a major impact on our waste and water treatment processes; which in turn, can damage our environment.

Nature's Pond™ 3-Step Natural Pond Care Program

RENEW

Our All-in-One Pond Conditioner is simply the most effective, natural product on the market for achieving clean, clear, and healthy water.

REVIVE

Increase oxygen levels with Bottom-Up Aeration. It's a safe, natural and sustainable way to keep your pond or lake healthy and balanced.

REMOVE

Introducing Nature's Pond Cutter 'N' Rake, a 3-in-1 tool that cuts weeds and pulls and rakes them out of your water for good.