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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Importance Of Keeping Your Golf Course Pond Free Of Weeds

Golfing has an almost pastoral peace to it — the simple feeling of concentrating on the ball, and the rush of excitement when it goes right where you wanted it to. Basking in rolling green hills and the occasional pond grants golfers a pleasant view in which to enjoy their favorite pastime. That’s why maintaining your golf course, including its lakes and ponds, is imperative. Plant life and fish live in these little bodies of water, and like every living organism, a gentle balance is required to ensure everything is healthy.

Aquatic weed control is one of our services that we deem the most important for golf courses. If you think about all of the plants and fish that live in the water, it’s very typical to understand that the natural symbiosis of things will take care of itself. But by leaving aquatic weeds to their nature, it can cause a lot of problems such as:

  • Stunted Fish Growth and Overpopulation
  • Algae Growth
  • Excessive Mosquito Breeding
  • Impediment of Water Flow and Drainage
  • Detrimentally Affecting the Aesthetic Appeal of a Pond

It’s beneficial to promote aquatic weed control on your golf course or any property that has a small body of water. Keeping it clean and healthy will improve its aesthetic appeal greatly. Be sure to contact us and look at our services to see how we can help you!

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Twin Lakes Two-Year Review

For the past two years, we have been keeping the twin lakes in Panama City Beach, FL, clean and free of harmful algae so that aquatic life can thrive. We firmly believe in maintaining a clean environment so that the right plants and fauna can establish growth and filter out any harmful bacteria through our careful lake management services. Our team at Lake Doctors, Inc. is dedicated to conducting water testing and many other services designed to make lakes enjoyable and safe for everyone.

At this time, we’re formally conducting a two-year review of our work in Panama Beach, FL. With the life cycle of the cattails coming to an end, on schedule, we’re looking to provide some aeration to help the decomposing plants reach the bottom of the lake. Owners can anticipate this process being needed sometimes in the next two years with an expected cost between $10,000 and  $20,000. The price will vary depending on the lake management system that they would like implemented.

We would love to answer any questions that owners may have about their lakes and ponds. There are a variety of methods for maintaining healthy aquatic life, and our top priority are our clients and the environment. Contact us to find out more about how we can help with lake management.

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Aquatic Weed Control for Hydrilla and Other Invasive Water Plants

Just as your lawn, trees, and plants require landscaping and care to keep them healthy and attractive, your water features require the same attention. Aquatic weed control is essential to environmental balance of your ponds and lakes. Like everything in nature, balance must be maintained. When it is not, problems quickly grow out of control.

Hydrilla is another water plant that is not native to the waters of Florida, yet in many areas, it has taken over, causing numerous problems for recreation, navigation, water intake, and more. This is a submerged plant that can quickly grow to the top of the water and can reach up to 20 feet or more in length. Hydrilla also poses a serious ecological threat. Since it has the ability to grow in various conditions, this gives it an advantage that allows it to out-compete native plants. Infestations of hydrilla can be harmful to fish populations as well. Large infestations can cause oxygen depletion zones, which can lead to fish dying. In order for the water to maintain necessary oxygen levels, aquatic weed control is a must.

When planning lake management for the lakes and ponds on your property, make sure those plans include aquatic weed control. When you maintain a healthy balance of flora and fauna, your water features are sure to benefit. Select a partner with years of experience protecting Florida waters and improving them with aeration equipment, fountains, and aquatic weed control.

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Understanding Water Hyacinths and Weed Control for Lakes

Aquatic plants can be very attractive and add to the appeal of your lakes and ponds. However, too much of a good thing can cause serious problems. That is why it is important to understand about water hyacinths and weed control. While they can be pretty, water hyacinths are not native Florida plants, and without proper weed control for lakes can quickly take over a pond.

These plants are aggressive invaders that can double in population in as little as two weeks. One plant in one season can multiply enough to cover one full acre. Each plant can grow up to three feet and have extensive root systems. While these root systems can provide protection for small fish and other aquatic life, and the seeds do appeal to some birds, when it comes to water hyacinth, a little goes a long way. Without constant monitoring, these plants can eventually cover the surface of a pond choking off the air supply and killing the fish that reside in the pond. A healthy marine environment requires the proper balance of fish, plants, and other aquatic life.

To maintain not only the beauty but also the health and balance of the water features on your property, choose a team of skilled professionals that have extensive experience in weed control for lakes. Such a company can ensure that your lakes and ponds maintain the proper balance to enjoy good health and lasting beauty.

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Know When Your Pond Aerators and Fountains Need Maintenance

The best equipment, including pond aerators and fountains, is useless when it is not properly maintained. Your water features are one of the things that attract guests to your hotel or resort, tenants to your apartments, and homeowners to your condominium community. Keep your ponds and lakes looking their best with routine maintenance for pond aerators and fountains.

When the bodies of water at your university, shopping center, business park, or government complex show signs of imbalance, such as weeds or algae, that is a sign that a problem exists. If your pond aerators and fountains are not working as they should and oxygen balance is not maintained, the entire aquatic environment could collapse. Without proper aeration, the fish will not thrive. When the fish population diminishes, the plants on which they feed can soon grow out of control. This overgrowth can cause additional problems. That is why, at the first sign of a problem, you should call upon the experts to have your equipment repaired or replaced if necessary. Once the proper oxygen balance is restored, the rest of the pond or lake can return to a state of health and beauty.

The company that you choose to partner with for repairs to this important equipment should be experts in their field. In addition to fixing common problems, they should be well versed in installation of pond aerators and fountains as well as all other facets of lake management. In that way, you can rest assured that there isn’t an issue with which they are not familiar and can’t repair.

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Proper Lake Management Keeps Your Resort Lakes Looking Beautiful

Proper lake management is the secret to healthy, sparkling, and beautiful water features at your resort. Let’s face it; when it comes to upscale resorts, every detail matters. Your guests expect more than perfectly manicured golf courses. Every lake and pond on your property speaks volumes about the care and attention you give to your property, and in turn, to your visitors.

Upscale hotels, resorts, golf courses, and casinos throughout the country know that meticulous lake management results in a healthy aquatic environment. The proper balance of fish, plants, aeration, and maintenance makes all of the difference. This, in turn, ensures that your guests always see sparkling and beautiful lakes, fountains, and ponds every time they visit.

To maintain the natural beauty of your lakes and ponds, you need to partner with a company that has extensive experience caring for water features from the most petite pond to the largest lake. Select a partner company that serves:
Homeowner’s Associations (HOA)

  • Apartments & Town Home & Condominium Communities
  • Mobile Home Communities
  • Business & Commercial Properties
  • Golf Courses
  • Resorts, Hotels & Casinos
  • Cities, Counties & Local Government
  • Parks & Recreation Facilities
  • New Commercial & Residential Developments
  • Private Properties with Ponds
  • Colleges & Universities

For the most attractive lakes and ponds at your resort, choose the experts in lake management that will make your water features healthy, balanced, and beautiful.