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Clemson Extension Office: Fighting Pond Scum

web posted August 5, 2014

COUNTY – With higher water temperatures, longer daylight hours of the summer months and the buildup of nutrients in your pond: pond scum is bound to happen. What is pond scum? Some think it is aquatic plants like duck weed or water meal or green algae, but pond scum are actually filamentous algae (glad you asked, huh?). The filamentous algae form mats that float on the water’s surface starting on the bottom or sides of a pond.
 
The good news is that pond scum is easily treated. Even ponds that are too far gone can be restored. First, however; you need to diagnose why you have the pond scum problem in the first place. After that there are a variety of methods from which to choose. Clemson Extension has a free handout: Aquatic Weed Control Overview that starts with identification through weed control methods and management.

Another excellent resource is the Natural Resource Conservation Service. This Agency is located on Gray Street adjacent to the Extension Office. Their services and advice are free and the staff is very knowledgeable. Water, ponds etc. are ‘their thing’.  The phone number is, 637.3220, ask for Lee Nicholson.

The Edgefield County Clemson Extension office is open daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or call: 637.3161 to speak to an Agent. Come see what’s new at the Office.




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