Water features add a great deal to any property, and examples aren’t hard to imagine. Think of how relaxing it is to sit beside your backyard pond while enjoying a cool drink, or how beautiful a lake looks with the addition of a tasteful fountain.
A lake or pond does add a lot of intrinsic value, but they also ask a lot in return. It’s best to practice regular and thorough upkeep of your water feature so that it’s just as attractive and fresh as it was initially.
That’s where integrated pest management, also known as IPM, comes into the picture. This service is one of many that we offer at The Lake Doctors, Inc. It’s part of a comprehensive pond management system that maintains your body of water and keeps it looking attractive.
With IPM, your lake or pond is maintained with the minimal use of chemicals, so you get a healthy body of water with very little risk or negative impact on the environment. Fountains and aerators combine visual appeal and practicality by adding air into the water, which aids in the growth of welcome aquatic life. When you use all of these elements as part of a complete strategy, you are ensuring a vibrant, clean, and pest-free water feature.
If you manage a pond or lake, you’ve probably heard the recent news reports about toxic blue-green algae blooms in contaminated bodies of water. You are probably wondering how you can protect your pond or lake from algae and pollutants.
Best Lake Management Practices
Every lake is different and, in many cases, there is no set “one-size-fits-all solution;” however there are best practices that should be upheld to preserve and protect ground and surface waters.
BMP – BMP stands for “best management practices.” These are science-based lawn and landscape practices that should be put into place to protect your pond or lake, including using specific fertilizer techniques, reducing or eliminating the use of herbicides, investing in aeration systems, and stocking the lake with weed and algae-eating fish.
IPM – Integrated pest management or IPM is a system that maintains ponds and lakes with minimal chemicals. This strategy involves reduced use of EPA-registered materials, using biological controls, and circulation and oxygenation of water, which can be done with aeration systems and fountains.
Lake Doctors, Inc. is a lake management company with intimate knowledge of these best practices. We can help you manage your waterways to prevent toxic algae from taking hold of your pond or lake. Contact us today for more information on how to maintain a healthy lake.