Posts made in May 2018

Emergent Plants

pond algae identificationpond algae identificationAt The Lake Doctors, we strive to help our clients understand everything they need to know regarding their waterways and lakes. Our aquatic plant and pond algae identification services allow property owners to be aware of the plant species that are considered desirable and undesirable. While they are four broad general plant categories including submersed, floating, emergent, and algae, we want to focus on emergent plants.

Emergent plants are also known as shoreline and wetland plants. This species of plants receive most or all of their vegetation above water surface or on the shoreline. You will often see emergent plants in shallow areas and along the banks in your lakes, ponds, rivers, and ditches. Many emergent plants are not considered fully aquatic since they do not need water for survival. Emergent plants can live for long periods of time being submerged in water or water-logged soils.

Emergent Plant Examples:

  • Cattails
  • Elephant Ear
  • Lizard’s Tail
  • Tape Grass
  • Smartweed
  • Alligator weed
  • Parrot-feather
  • Water Primrose
  • Pickerelweed
  • Bulrushes
  • Bog Moss
  • Spikerushes

There are many more emergent plant species that are not listed above. If you are interested in learning what kind of plant species fill your waterways, we encourage you to pursue our pond algae identification services. Contact our company today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our services.

NaturaLake Research & Case History Rewards Program: Navarre 2017 Case Study

aquatic weed managementLake Doctors is pleased to announce our participation in the Second Annual Research & Case History Rewards Program for 2017. Our very own, Mike Smith, was awarded third place for his Aquafix case study in Defuniak Springs, FL. Below we showcase our project overview and results of our aquatic weed management study.

In Navarra, Florida, we conducted a case study of a 38-acre lake that was polluted with milfoil, bladderwort, slender spikerush, and water shield and fragrant lilies. Our water specialist, Mike, created a custom aquatic management plan that combined the use of Aquasticker mixed with clipper, Diquat, Argos, and copper to help clear the harmful growth. Many parts of the lake were congested with heavy amounts of tree stumps, making it difficult to access. Our team was able to utilize heavy machinery to move around the stumps to treat an estimated amount of 60% to 70%.

After 40 days of treatment, Mike was pleased to notate that the lake was back to pristine condition. Although only a percentage of the lake was treated with Aquasticker, the results were healthy and successful.

If you are interested in learning more about our Navarre case study, contact the Lake Doctors today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

NaturaLake Research & Case History Rewards Program: Fort Myers 2017 Case Study Part 2

aquatic management servicesIn a previous blog post, Lake Doctors discussed our participation in the Second Annual Research & Case History Rewards Program for 2017. We featured our very own, Matt Lewis, as the first place winner using NaturaLake products at our Fort Meyers account in the Florida Panhandle. Below we showcase Matt’s results for his Fort Myers 2017 Case Study at the Caloosa Yacht & Racquet Club.

Results: Six Weeks

After the design and implementation process, Matt began noticing results at six weeks. With major improvements in such a short time frame, Matt was optimistic that his aquatic management services would work. At six weeks, he noted that algae levels were beginning to diminish, water clarity had improved, and overall aesthetics were returned.

Results: Six Months

At six months, Matt was able to report that the two man-made lakes at Caloosa Yacht & Racquet Club had improved vastly. His results were as follows: Microsystis and Anabeea were completely gone, Filamentous Algae was minimal, clarity in the lake was restored, muck or sedimentation buildup was minimal, nitrogen and phosphorus levels were decreased, noxious smells were eliminated, and property values improved.

Matt used Aquafix products and aeration to restore the health and beauty of the lakes. If you are interested in learning more about the case study or Aquafix products, contact Lake Doctors today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

NaturaLake Research & Case History Rewards Program: Fort Myers 2017 Case Study Part 1

lake and pond managementLake Doctors, your trusted source for lake and pond management services, is honored to announce our participation in the Second Annual Research & Case History Rewards Program for 2017. We are very proud of our team members, Matt Lewis and Mike Smith, for taking home first and third place for using NaturaLake products at our Fort Meyers and Navarre accounts in the Florida Panhandle. Below we showcase our Fort Myers 2017 Case Study, conducted by Matt Lewis.

Our 2017 Fort Myers, Florida Case Study takes place at Caloosa Yacht & Racquet Club which has two man-made lakes. Matt’s objective was to create a custom lake management plan that would ultimately enhance homeowner property values while improving the lake’s overall health and aesthetic.

The design and implementation process included the following:

  • Removing Filamentous Algae, Coconuts, and Other Harmful Debris
  • Installing an Aeration System That Enhanced Overall Dissolved Oxygen Levels Throughout the Lake
  • Conducting a Six-Month Bacteria and Enzyme Application
  • Applying Aquafix Products Every Two-Weeks; We Used Aquafix M-D Pellet, Pondzilla, and Summer-Slam
  • Collecting Water Samples and Testing for Accurate Results

If you are interested in learning more about our 2017 Fort Myers case study, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.