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Pond Dye in Water Gardens

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The thought of adding dye to your water garden may seem like a foreign concept! Why would you want to add color to the water that you’re working so hard to keep clear? Well, there are aesthetic reasons and some practical reasons, too.

Understanding Pond Dye

Pond dye such Crystal Clear® PondTint™ gives shaded ponds a rich look and turns a brown or gray water feature into a stunning pool that reflects the trees and landscape. You’ll find these pond dyes in concentrated form. When added to the pond, the coloring will diffuse throughout the water within several hours. They’re safe for people, pets, fish and waterfowl.

Why Add Pond Dye

Shaded pond water naturally stays clearer than pond water in full sun. If a pond does not have significant surface plant coverage it is a good idea to use PondTint™. Aside from providing shade, pond dye also:

  • Simulates depth: Some people use dye in their ponds to make a shallow pond seem deeper. If you have a 14-inch-deep pond, adding dark blue dye can make it seem 5 feet deep. The optical illusion creates a mirroring effect that appeals to many pond owners.
  • Provides Fish safety: When predators fly overhead or lurk alongside the pond, a little pond dye – along with some predator control – will go a long way in protecting your fish. Koi and goldfish will dart to your pond’s dark depths when a heron or raccoon threatens them. The pond dye serves a similar purpose.
  • Improves Aesthetics: Of course, aesthetics remain an important reason why folks use dye in their ponds. A crystal blue pond or a rich reflective pond mimics what you’d find in nature. Couple that with a tranquil landscape, and you have an attractive water feature.

For year-long benefits, apply in the early spring and continue to apply as needed to maintain a true color all season long. Water temperature has no effect on the pond dye, though heavy rain or intense sunlight may require additional treatments.