Using Pond Dye to Enhance and Improve Your Pond

Using Pond Dye to Enhance and Improve Your Pond

For most people a pond adds something special to their property. Ponds are great for swimming in and fishing in. They help with irrigation issues and they can even serve as a nice fire barrier. With all the positives that come with ponds it is easy to see why so many people want to have one. After they finally get a pond it can be a daunting task trying to keep them clean. You want a pond that has some plant life but it shouldn’t be overrun with so many plants that you can’t use it for swimming and fishing effectively anymore.

Many pond owners resort to using different chemicals such as algicides to manage the plant life of their pond. While these chemicals are pretty effective they are also pretty bad for everything else in the pond. Pond dye is a more environment friendly method of managing plant life and it will add to the appearance of your pond at the same time.

Pond dye prevents sunlight from reaching plants on the bottom of most ponds. Without that needed sunlight the plants will not survive and you will be left with a much clearer, cleaner pond. While pond dye is more effective in deep ponds it still helps the shallow ones enough to make the dye worthwhile.

What You’ll Need:


  • Rubber Gloves
  • Pond Dye


  • A 100 foot measuring tape (if you don’t know the size of your pond)

Steps for Applying Pond Dye

Step 1:
When applying dye to your pond you will want to make sure you do it at the right time of the year. The dye is most effective if it is applied right before the plants would normally start to grow. You should apply your pond dye in the very early stages of spring before the plants have begun to germinate.

The first thing that must be done is determining the general size of your pond. If you already know this you will have a much easier job. I you don’t take your tape measure and measure the width and length of your pond. You will also need to know the average depth of the pond. To get the volume of the water in gallons you simply have to plug all of your information in to this equation.

Width x Length x Average Depth x 7.5 = Water Volume in Gallons

Step 2:
The next thing you have to do is buy whatever type of pond dye you choose to go with. There are many different colors available but only a few that end up looking very natural. Dark blue has a natural look about it and will make the pond look cool and clean. Black can also pass as a normal pond and it will make it look deeper. Black isn’t quite as welcoming as blue is. After you have chosen the dye that you want to use you have to put it in the pond. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and apply the dye around all the edges of the pond. There is no mixing necessary, after the edges have been covered the dye will slowly diffuse through the water until it is all evenly dispersed.

Step 3:
Wait for at least 24 hours and check to see that the pond is the proper color. If it is lighter than it is supposed to be there was not enough solution used, and if it was darker more than enough was used. You do not have to worry about the dye staining clothing or skin after it has been mixed in to the water. You should buy extra dye to use as management throughout the season. As water is lost and gained back the concentration of the dye will change. It is your job to add more dye when needed to maintain that same color. If you maintain the color the plant life in the pond should be reduced substantially.

Dying a pond is a relatively easy to do but it is important to make sure that it is done properly. These steps will ensure that the pond dye you use is as effective as it is going to get. There is nothing worse than spending money on something that doesn’t work the way it is supposed to.