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

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The Benefits of Integrated Pest Management for Your Pond or Lake

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.

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Prevent Toxic Algae Blooms with Effective Lake and Pond Management

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.

The Lake Doctors Assist in the Re-Dedication of Arthur Fisher Monument at Montgomery County Park

The legacy of Judge Arthur Fisher lives on in the memories of Montgomery County residents. The first African American man to be hired in the county prosecutor’s office, Arthur Fisher went on to become a beloved juvenile court judge. His dedication to improving the juvenile court system is honored with a memorial in Arthur O. Fisher Park. This memorial includes a path leading to a resting area and a large boulder near the lake which displays a plaque detailing Judge Fisher’s many groundbreaking achievements.

The Lake Doctors’ Ohio team recently assisted in the re-dedication of the Arthur Fisher monument with the addition of a beautiful new fountain for the lake. The Kasco Marine 5 horse-power fountain features the Magnolia premium nozzle pattern. The fountain helps to beautify the park further and offers a relaxing sight for visitors to the monument. Our team is honored to be involved in the preservation of Judge Fisher’s legacy.







Arthur Fisher Memorial

The Lake Doctors, Inc. provides pond aerators and fountains in Florida, Ohio, and South Carolina. If you are interested in attractive and practical solutions for ponds and lakes on your property, call our team at 800.666.5253. We can assist you with all of your aquatic management needs.

The Lake Doctors Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary

The Lake Doctors, Inc. 40th anniversaryIn the past, lake management was a challenge for businesses and organizations–especially in Florida, where maintaining clean, healthy bodies of water is a constant struggle. That was until The Lake Doctors, Inc. arrived to take on the challenge of cleaning and maintaining water features of all kinds. Whether a client needed aeration solutions or algae removal, our team was ready to help.
Forty years later, our hardworking staff continues to surpass clients’ expectations with a large variety of services that are essential to keeping lakes and pond healthy. We understand the problems that these bodies of water frequently face, and we’re always looking for ways to help fight them and keep our clients’ properties looking their best. It’s thanks to this commitment that we were able to steadily built our reputation for quality.
With The Lake Doctors, Inc. on the job, it’s never been easier to manage residential and commercial aquatic features. We’ve been doing it for four decades, and many local businesses and neighborhoods depend on us every day. Thank you for trusting us with your lake management needs–we hope to continue surpassing your expectations. Here’s to many more years of satisfied clients and beautiful, healthy ponds and lakes!

Benefits of Aquatic Plants

lake managementAquatic plants serve a far more important purpose than just being aesthetically pleasing planted along your lakes and ponds. Instead, aquatic plants can enhance the overall health of your waterways and provide many positive effects to the wildlife found in your lakes. Below we list the many benefits that property owners experience when they have aquatic plants in their ponds.

  • Absorb excessive nutrients
  • Stabilize lake and pond banks
  • Provide a healthy habitat for fish and other wildlife
  • Provide a food source for fish and wildlife

There are many different aquatic plants to add to your lakes, such as Pickerelweed, Arrowhead, Canna, and Blue Flag Iris, and many more. Our company is proud to offer our clients a new product called floating islands, which are floating mats that range in sizes with cutouts for installing various aquatic plants. The floating islands are anchored in position, and the plants derive all their nutrients from the lake or pond water. They provide aesthetic appeal as well as nutrient absorption.

If you are interested in learning more about our lake management services, or you are interested in speaking to a specialist regarding aquatic plants, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to schedule an appointment.

Kelly Plantation Owners Association

The Lake Doctors recently had the pleasure of working with the Homeowner’s Association of Kelly Plantation in the Florida Panhandle. Kelly Plantation sought the expertise of our aquatic weed management services because they were having issues with a bad blue and green algae bloom that was a consistent problem. Our specialists utilized our Greener Solutions program specifically with the application of bacteria and enzymes to conduct a 90 trial to help alleviate the concern. Our team decided to perform applications for 90 days because although it wouldn’t allow enough time to get the pond back to a perfect condition, it would allow enough time to ensure our efforts were working effectively.

We began the process on May 7, 2018, and treated every 15 days for three months, ending the trial on July 20, 2018. We utilized our emergency aerator which resembles a cone shape. Our aerator was critical to our plan, as the products we were using were all natural and more productive in very high dissolved oxygen and water movement. Our aerators offer waterways a nice aesthetic while enhancing dissolved oxygen and water movement within the lakes.

We are pleased to have had the chance to work with Kelly Plantation to restore their lakes and ponds. If you are interested in learning more about our aquatic services, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.