Posts made in August 2020

pond

Preventing Invasive Species in Your Lakes and Ponds

How do natural waterways end up being affected by invasive species? It’s mainly caused, albeit unintentionally, by traveling humans. As we go from one place to another, we may accidentally carry small organisms onto a boat, plane, or train, where they’re later released onto new, foreign grounds. You can see the results in native bodies of water with the sudden appearance of new plants, insects, and other creatures. The Lake Doctors, Inc. provides aquatic weed control services and manages other foreign biology that could be affecting the native ecosystems.

Invasive species are only harmful due to the inherent lack of competition or predators that would keep their growth at bay. That’s why it’s crucial to nip the problem in the bud as soon as you notice that something is off.

There are six main ways to prevent invasive species from harming your lake:

  • Learn to Identify Invasive Plants Properly
  • Clean Your Fishing and Boating Equipment
  • Don’t Buy Exotic Plant Species Online
  • Volunteer in Removal Events
  • Plant Native Species
  • Address the Issue Immediately

Aquatic weed control is an excellent way to stay familiar with what is meant to grow in your body of water and what isn’t. Contact us to learn more tips on preventing invasive species from growing in your local lake or pond.

midge

Midge Management Tips

There are many benefits to having a lake on your property; its beauty can create a lovely, natural aesthetic. However, proper lake management services are a must for the biodiversity that exists all around the lake’s edges, on its surface, and throughout its depths. When the summer season arrives, the warmth and damp environment promote vegetation growth and welcome mosquitoes and midges.

Midges are an essential part of the lake’s ecosystem, but when the waters are unclean, they can soon become a nuisance. These water flies can lay up to 1,000 larvae per square meter, which can total 40,000 larvae in a single area in murky, unattended waters. Lake management will help your lake thrive in a healthy, sustainable manner.

Here are some tips on how to take care of your lake:

  • Install a Submersed Aeration System
  • Utilize Nutrient Remediation Technology
  • Stock Native Fish
  • Cultivate Native Plants for the Shoreline

How These Tips Will Help with Your Lake Management

You can use fish and plants to work in your favor; use native fish like Bluegill and Redear to eat the larvae, and supply plants for midge predators like dragonflies and amphibians to cut down their numbers. Additionally, installing a submersed aerating system will increase low dissolved oxygen levels in the lake to promote healthy fish species that also feed on midges. Lastly, nutrient remediation technology will reduce decayed organic materials on which midges love to nest and feed.

sargassum

About Sargassum

Nothing ruins a trip to the beach like having to navigate through piles of rotting seaweed to get to the water. It’s also a challenge to have in ponds and lakes, as it clogs and chokes up these small bodies of water, which creates the need for aquatic weed control.

What Is It?

Sargassum is a totally natural, brown, “bushy” seaweed, and there are more than 300 different species of it. Because it’s not exotic, there are many species that have essentially been around forever. It was given its name in the 15th century by Portuguese explorers because it reminded them of “sargaco,” the wooly rock rose often found growing in the waters of Portugal.

What Are the Eco Impacts?

When sargassum gets into our residential lakes and ponds, it often causes a need for aquatic weed control to keep it from proliferating. When it’s out in the ocean, however, sargassum does serve as a food source for some species of fish and sea urchins. Large seaweed patches also provide a vital habitat to more than 100 species of various shrimp and crabs, but when it washes ashore, it can become a serious problem. As it decays, it causes foul odors and can even cause respiratory challenges for asthmatics. Wildlife can also suffer, like sea turtle hatchlings not being able to make it to the sea.

pond fountain

Aeration Systems Improve the Health of Your Lake

If your housing development has a large pond or lake, you may be wondering how adding aeration systems may improve the health of the lake. By adding one of the many lake aeration systems available on the market, a lake’s physical, chemical, and biological health area all improved.

Stratification and Temperature

Adding aeration systems allows for healthy water levels to develop, with a surface layer that is well mixed, a large transitional center, and a cooler, unmixed bottom layer. This means healthier oxygen levels in lakes that were previously choked up, with little to no oxygen for plant and animal life.

Turbidity: Water Clarity

The suspended sediments, the particulate organic matter, and the lake’s phytoplankton will be lower, which increases light penetration and water clarity.

Muck Buildup and Water Depth

Because aeration systems increase lake oxygen and circulation, they help organic matter in the lake to decompose more quickly and, therefore, reduce any previous bad orders the lake may have had.

Algae and Bacteria

Algae and bacteria are natural components of freshwater systems; however, phytoplankton blooms, toxic algae, and pathogenic bacteria can be an overload on the lake. They disrupt the food web and cause the lake to become extremely unhealthy. Installing aeration systems is an excellent way to control these negative elements in your lake.