Fertile Water and Food Chains
Maintaining fertile water is a priority each management season. Successfully done, it can double or triple the food chain.
The first step to establishing a healthy plankton bloom is controlling vegetation. It should be aggressively treated as plants sprout new spring growth. If early growth is nipped in the bud, you have the upper-hand. If waiting too late, plants absorb fertilizer and stimulate growth. Properly timed, fertilization can grow plankton near the surface, build a shade barrier at 18 to 24-inches, and rob plants of critical sunlight.
Fertilizing is not a random practice. It requires a season-long commitment. Visibility must be measured every two weeks. Supplemental treatments may be required to sustain average 24-inch visibility. Without consistent maintenance, vegetation results in more costly remedies.
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