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Lake Management & Water Testing

Whether you notice algae developing in your water or simply want to keep tabs on your water’s chemical balance, The Lake Doctors, Inc. is able to help. When you use our water testing services on a regular basis, you’ll be alerted as soon as harmful bacteria are detected in your water and able to avoid the problem before it becomes noticeable to the naked eye.

Of course, our lake management programs are more comprehensive than a single water test. Each program is uniquely designed based on the characteristics of your pond or lake. Some of the elements we can measure in your water include dissolved oxygen, pH levels, and chloride, just to name a few. We are also able to test for Turbidity, which can cause water to become discolored and unpleasant looking.

Once we have tested your lake water for all of the necessary chemicals and components, we will go over the best improvement program to meet your needs. All lake management improvement programs are completely unique, depending on your test results. This ensures that we are not adding chemicals that you don’t need in your lake. Reach out to our friendly team today to discuss exactly what you want out of your lake management.

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Campus Aquatic Management Services

A pond, fountain, or water feature is an eye-catching addition to any campus, and many schools are using them to make an impact on prospective students visiting the campus. Of course, if the water feature isn’t properly cared for, the water can become unsightly, creating more of a liability than an asset in attracting new students. The Lake Doctors, Inc. keeps these features looking clean and pristine.

With our campus aquatic management services, you’ll have access to a team of experts using the latest equipment to get accurate readings on the chemical levels in your pond’s or fountain’s water. Along with testing and balancing water, we are also able to provide treatments that deal with mosquitos, gnats, midges, and other pond pests.

The Lake Doctors, Inc. delivers these in-depth aquatic management services for colleges and universities throughout Florida, Ohio, and South Carolina. If you are a campus administrator in these areas and you want to keep your campus’s water features looking their best, get in touch with our team. We are happy to discuss your school’s unique needs and find a maintenance plan that makes sense for you. Act now and you can even qualify for an aquatic survey free of charge!

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Pond Management Made Easy

A water feature is a great way to give any property a sense of tranquility while still grabbing the eye and increasing value. However, if you do not take care of the water itself, your pond will eventually become a source of blight more than beauty. At The Lake Doctors, Inc., our pond management services strive to ensure this never happens to you.

Of course, there are some steps that you can take to minimize discoloration, foul odors, and other common issues. It’s all about bacteria–specifically ensuring that the water’s natural bacteria content is abundant enough to break down the nutrients that would otherwise result in algae. You’ll find all kinds of products on the market to promote the growth of this “good” bacteria. Alternatively, you can have us take care of it with our weed and algae control services.

Whether you need fountain cleaning or pond management, you can expect The Lake Doctors, Inc. to get the job done right. Get in touch with our professionals today to discuss an inspection of your pond, a report, or a water management proposal. We will make sure that your water is looking its best year-round and the surrounding area is free of weeds and unsightly vegetation.

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Keep the Ponds on Your Golf Course in Great Shape

Golf is just as much a spectator sport as it is a test of wits and endurance. As a course owner, you know that appearances are pivotal in order to attract customers and keep them coming back to challenge the links. One way you can enhance your landscaping strategy is to make your water elements stand out, too. Pond aerators and fountains can greatly improve the beauty of your course while also promoting a healthy ecosystem.

Landscaping and lawn care is an important aspect of managing a golf course. After all, visitors want to play golf on a lush fairway and perfectly manicured putting green. However, keeping your greenery as healthy as possible can come at a cost. The overuse of irrigation systems and fertilizers can cause runoff that infiltrates into your water hazards. Over time, your ponds and lakes may be overrun by algal blooms that will make your bodies of water appear dirty and unsightly. Worse, it can destroy the aquatic plants and animals living there, too.

Pond aerators and fountains are an effective deterrent against the development of algal blooms. They cause turbulence in the water that can keep algae from growing or spreading. In conjunction with a submersed aeration system, a fountain circulates oxygen, which will balance the water’s pH and promote a healthy ecosystem.

Fountains are a beautiful and practical investment for your golf course. Contact your local pond management company to learn how you can incorporate fountains into your landscaping.

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Cleaning Pond Aerators and Fountains for Free

Managing ponds, fountains, and other water features can require a great deal of diligence, but with The Lake Doctors, Inc., it couldn’t be easier. Not only do we complete every job with an unmatched attention to detail, but we do everything in our power to keep this quality work affordable for our clients.

In fact, we are now offering an exciting deal for new customers. All pond aerators and fountains that are sold and installed by our team will come with a free quarterly cleaning and inspection for your fountain or water feature. Simply request your cleaning service within the first six months after installation is complete. Our team will work with you to set up a cleaning appointment on your schedule, and best of all, it’s free of charge!

Our cleanings cover everything from the pond aerators and fountains themselves to algae control in the water. Once we’re done, your water will be crystal clear and looking healthy. If you have any questions about our aquatic management services or any of our current promotions, feel free to get in touch with us at 1 (800) 666-5253. Not only do we sell and install the best water feature products in the business, we make sure they keep working at their best for you.

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Consider an Aeration Pump for Your Lakeside Property

Owning a house or plot of land with a lake presents many new opportunities. You will have the option of creating an aesthetic koi pond, personal fishing spot, or an aquatic garden. While the ideas are new and fresh in your head, it is also important to consider the health of the lake. In this article, we will briefly discuss the advantages of installing aeration pumps for lakes.

Aeration is the act of introducing oxygen into a body of water. Lone lakes or ponds run the risk of stagnant water, which promotes the growth of damaging algal blooms. Aeration impedes the growth of algae and other microorganisms while also balancing the water’s pH levels. As a result, this process promotes a healthy ecosystem.

There are many options available to you when installing an aeration pump for a lake. The first is adding a fountain. It is true–a fountain, with its aesthetically pleasing geysers, performs surface aeration, which can keep invasive surface plants like duckweed at bay. You can also add lighting to the fountain for a dramatic visual effect.

Another solution is the submersed aeration system. This is a solution that is best suited for deep lakes and ponds. Tubes are installed at the bed of the body of water, where oxygen is pumped from the bottom and rises to the surface, promoting circulation. This system ensures that the entirety of the lake gets oxygen.

By considering your aeration options carefully, you can ensure the continued beauty and health of your lake and its surrounding ecosystem. Contact a lake management company today to learn more about aeration pumps for lakes.

 

 

Do You Have Duckweed in Your Pond?

One of the leading threats to a pond is invasive plants and animals. A common threat is the duckweed–an organism with a humorous name that still poses a serious threat to your lake. Property management programs that include weed control for lakes should make getting rid of this organism a priority.

At the physical level, the common duckweed is a very small plant. It is light and free-floating, with leaves that can grow to the length of 1/8 inch. The leaves include roots that look like hairs. Although a single specimen of duckweed may only be comprised of several leaves, they grow quickly and can join with other duckweed to form colonies.

The duckweed is an aggressive invader and can infiltrate a lake in different ways. Many ducks eat duckweed and can transport it to other bodies of water. Another cause is eutrophication or algal blooms: an excess of nitrogen and phosphorous as a result of fertilizer runoff. They can enter a pond and provide an ample food source for existing duckweed to feed upon and reproduce.

Given its growth rate, a duckweed infestation is a common and persistent threat. Duckweed colonies can cover the entire surface of a lake and block sunlight from reaching aquatic plants. This leads to oxygen depletion, which kills plants and suffocates fish. As such, duckweed is a common cause of dead zones in lakes.

Weed control for lakes is an essential component of property management. Preventing a duckweed infestation does more than protect your lake’s ecosystem–it can also preserve its beauty and clear appearance. Get in touch with a lake management company today to learn how you can stop the spread of duckweed.

The Important Facts about Eutrophication

Lakes have the potential to enhance the beauty, appeal, and value of a property. However, there are a variety of factors that can drastically reduce the health and appearance of your lake. Chief among those factors are environmental concerns, starting with eutrophication. In this post, we will talk about eutrophication and how it might influence your lake management program.

Eutrophication is the process in which a high concentration of nutrients–mainly nitrogen and phosphorous–infiltrate a body of water. These nutrients serve as a food source for microorganisms, algae, and plankton.

When food is abundant for these organisms, an algal bloom occurs. This can set off a chain reaction of new life entering the lake’s ecosystem, which also leads to a higher mortality rate among the population. Dead and decaying organisms sink to the bottom of the lake, and decomposition saps the water of oxygen. With the lack of oxygen, other life forms like fish and plants begin to die. Ultimately, it leads to a dead zone: a body of water where no aquatic animals can live.

Eutrophication occurs naturally in the wild. However, human activity can aggravate the process. Lawn care programs that use an excess of fertilizers can create nutrient-rich runoff that infiltrates bodies of water. Old or overworked septic tanks can also contribute to runoff. If your property borders a lake, then there is a good chance that your property is already a vector for eutrophication.

Taking action is always a better alternative than letting an algal bloom occur. A good lake management program does more than keep your lake clean and clear–it can also save wildlife and promote a healthier ecosystem. Get in touch with your lake manager to learn what they are doing to prevent eutrophication.

Beneficial Pond Species in Florida

Having a water feature, such as a pond, on your property, adds a lot to it. It provides great aesthetic value, and the sound of gently lapping water helps to soothe the soul.

This scenic and calming presence comes with a cost as it has to be maintained so it remains a clean and fresh oasis. Without proper pond management from a company like ours at Lake Doctors, you could someday be looking at a dank and murky body of water that’s more fearsome than attractive. You want a mixture of plant and wildlife species to create and maintain a healthy environment.

Aquascaping is the planting of vegetation around the pond’s edge. It should be a narrow fringe that doesn’t block access, but wide enough to prevent lakeside erosion, and provide cover for small creatures such as frogs.

A good mixture of plants includes those that are submerged, ones that have stems below the water and leaves above, as well as shoreline plants that can tolerate occasional flooding. Think about using white water lily, pondweed, spike rush, and pickerelweed, as part of your pond management plan. Remember, though, that exotic plant species are prohibited by law.

Don’t remove non-venomous water snakes because they feed on rats and mice. Turtles mainly eat vegetation and dead animals, so they are also welcome additions to a pond. Triploid grass carp are effective at controlling problem vegetation but you need a permit to stock them.

Learn more about effective pond management when you reach out to our experts.

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Investing in Aeration Pumps for Lakes

A thriving lake environment is all about maintaining the right balance for the plant and animal life in your water to flourish. One area where many property owners and managers can easily improve these features is with aeration. Why is fully aerating a pond so important?

Stratification of Oxygen – Typically oxygen levels are stratified throughout the water column. There is little to no oxygen at the bottom of the pond because oxygen levels increase towards the surface. The lack of oxygen at the bottom prevents beneficial organisms, bacteria, and enzymes from surviving and breaking down the organic matter build up at the bottom. This buildup of organic matter at the bottom causes major problems such as frequent algae blooms, increased mosquitos and white fly’s, decreased depth, stagnate water, odor and smells, and helps supply invasive aquatic weeds with a rich nutrient source, etc.

Introducing an Aeration System – Once a bottom diffused aeration system is introduced into a pond this habitat starts to enjoy the many benefits the system provides. Now there is oxygen at the very bottom of the pond and beneficial bacteria, organisms, and enzymes can survive. They start “eating up” the bottom muck layer, which then helps water column circulation, elimination of thermal stratification (temperature layers), clarification of water, increased depth, reduced algae growth, reduced odor and smells, reduced mosquito’s and midges, stabilization of PH and alkalinity levels, and removes carbon dioxide. This improves over all water quality tremendously, which contributes to a healthy environment.

A Healthy Fish Population – Once there is oxygen at the bottom and oxygen is circulated throughout the water column, your fish population can now benefit in a thriving habitat. The fish can survive at the bottom of the pond and help reduce the muck layer even further. Fish feed on benthic organisms; they are healthier from natural foods, abundant oxygen, and lack of toxins and of diseased organisms. This also increases fish population as they have more habitat to survive. Also, aeration eliminates oxygen related fish kills. The fish are healthier and stimulates/preserves a well balance eco-system.

Though aeration isn’t a quick fix for every issue, it remains one of the most common and reliable treatments for lakes all around the world. With help from a company like The Lake Doctors, Inc. you can start the process without a hassle. We have been setting up quality aeration pumps for lakes in the area for decades