Oxygen Is Key to Lake Management

Oxygen Is Key to Lake Management

Whether you have too much or too little, many different problems can stem from inappropriate levels of oxygen in your pond or lake. If you want a healthy pond you will have to learn to manage it. There are a few ways to go about this.

Measuring

When looking at oxygen in water, it is referred to as dissolved oxygen (DO). It is usually measured in parts per million (ppm). There are three main methods of determining dissolved oxygen concentrations in water:

  • An electrochemical or optical sensor, which is the most accurate
  • Colorimetric sampling, which will give you a basic approximation
  • Winkler titration, which is accurate, but more difficult than other methods

Too Little

If your dissolved oxygen levels are decreased below 6 ppm, you will probably notice some sort of algal bloom happening in your pond. Usually an increase in your levels of nitrogen and phosphate is what causes …

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Deep Cleaning Your Home for Fall

Deep Cleaning Your Home for Fall

Although home cleaning is usually associated with the Spring, it turns out that Fall is a great time to look around and refresh your house. Most people do a good job of picking up clutter and regular chores, but when life gets busy, it’s easy to ignore deeper cleaning. The following are often neglected areas of your home to focus on.

1. Baseboards

The baseboards in your home take a lot of abuse and typically aren’t cleaned regularly. There are many professional cleaning agents that can be used on the wood, so take one from your cabinet and put in on a clean rag. Simply run the rag over the area, making sure to get the dust settled on the tiny shelf on top. As part of this process, pay particular attention to door trim, as the tops can be a magnet for dirt.

2. Carpets

Carpets and rugs endure …

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