Emergent Plants

pond algae identificationpond algae identificationAt The Lake Doctors, we strive to help our clients understand everything they need to know regarding their waterways and lakes. Our aquatic plant and pond algae identification services allow property owners to be aware of the plant species that are considered desirable and undesirable. While they are four broad general plant categories including submersed, floating, emergent, and algae, we want to focus on emergent plants.

Emergent plants are also known as shoreline and wetland plants. This species of plants receive most or all of their vegetation above water surface or on the shoreline. You will often see emergent plants in shallow areas and along the banks in your lakes, ponds, rivers, and ditches. Many emergent plants are not considered fully aquatic since they do not need water for survival. Emergent plants can live for long periods of time being submerged in water or water-logged soils.

Emergent Plant Examples:

  • Cattails
  • Elephant Ear
  • Lizard’s Tail
  • Tape Grass
  • Smartweed
  • Alligator weed
  • Parrot-feather
  • Water Primrose
  • Pickerelweed
  • Bulrushes
  • Bog Moss
  • Spikerushes

There are many more emergent plant species that are not listed above. If you are interested in learning what kind of plant species fill your waterways, we encourage you to pursue our pond algae identification services. Contact our company today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our services.

NaturaLake Research & Case History Rewards Program: Navarre 2017 Case Study

aquatic weed managementLake Doctors is pleased to announce our participation in the Second Annual Research & Case History Rewards Program for 2017. Our very own, Mike Smith, was awarded third place for his Aquafix case study in Defuniak Springs, FL. Below we showcase our project overview and results of our aquatic weed management study.

In Navarra, Florida, we conducted a case study of a 38-acre lake that was polluted with milfoil, bladderwort, slender spikerush, and water shield and fragrant lilies. Our water specialist, Mike, created a custom aquatic management plan that combined the use of Aquasticker mixed with clipper, Diquat, Argos, and copper to help clear the harmful growth. Many parts of the lake were congested with heavy amounts of tree stumps, making it difficult to access. Our team was able to utilize heavy machinery to move around the stumps to treat an estimated amount of 60% to 70%.

After 40 days of treatment, Mike was pleased to notate that the lake was back to pristine condition. Although only a percentage of the lake was treated with Aquasticker, the results were healthy and successful.

If you are interested in learning more about our Navarre case study, contact the Lake Doctors today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

NaturaLake Research & Case History Rewards Program: Fort Myers 2017 Case Study Part 2

aquatic management servicesIn a previous blog post, Lake Doctors discussed our participation in the Second Annual Research & Case History Rewards Program for 2017. We featured our very own, Matt Lewis, as the first place winner using NaturaLake products at our Fort Meyers account in the Florida Panhandle. Below we showcase Matt’s results for his Fort Myers 2017 Case Study at the Caloosa Yacht & Racquet Club.

Results: Six Weeks

After the design and implementation process, Matt began noticing results at six weeks. With major improvements in such a short time frame, Matt was optimistic that his aquatic management services would work. At six weeks, he noted that algae levels were beginning to diminish, water clarity had improved, and overall aesthetics were returned.

Results: Six Months

At six months, Matt was able to report that the two man-made lakes at Caloosa Yacht & Racquet Club had improved vastly. His results were as follows: Microsystis and Anabeea were completely gone, Filamentous Algae was minimal, clarity in the lake was restored, muck or sedimentation buildup was minimal, nitrogen and phosphorus levels were decreased, noxious smells were eliminated, and property values improved.

Matt used Aquafix products and aeration to restore the health and beauty of the lakes. If you are interested in learning more about the case study or Aquafix products, contact Lake Doctors today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

NaturaLake Research & Case History Rewards Program: Fort Myers 2017 Case Study Part 1

lake and pond managementLake Doctors, your trusted source for lake and pond management services, is honored to announce our participation in the Second Annual Research & Case History Rewards Program for 2017. We are very proud of our team members, Matt Lewis and Mike Smith, for taking home first and third place for using NaturaLake products at our Fort Meyers and Navarre accounts in the Florida Panhandle. Below we showcase our Fort Myers 2017 Case Study, conducted by Matt Lewis.

Our 2017 Fort Myers, Florida Case Study takes place at Caloosa Yacht & Racquet Club which has two man-made lakes. Matt’s objective was to create a custom lake management plan that would ultimately enhance homeowner property values while improving the lake’s overall health and aesthetic.

The design and implementation process included the following:

  • Removing Filamentous Algae, Coconuts, and Other Harmful Debris
  • Installing an Aeration System That Enhanced Overall Dissolved Oxygen Levels Throughout the Lake
  • Conducting a Six-Month Bacteria and Enzyme Application
  • Applying Aquafix Products Every Two-Weeks; We Used Aquafix M-D Pellet, Pondzilla, and Summer-Slam
  • Collecting Water Samples and Testing for Accurate Results

If you are interested in learning more about our 2017 Fort Myers case study, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Lake Mapping Services

lake algae removalLook to The Lake Doctors for competitive lake mapping services to better maintain your lakes and ponds. Our affordable bathymetric mapping system provides superior quality and accurate testing to best inform you of the facts of your waterways.

Lake mapping allows property owners to be better informed on their lakes and ponds by utilizing our mapping system to collect essential data to create custom lake maps. Lake mapping is used for a wide range of reasons including sedimentation, muck control, excavation, volume calculation, recreation maps, habitat and ecology management, watershed management, and fishing maps.

Our lake maps are produced by high-quality printing that can be structured on a wide variety of map sizes and designs. Our prints show the depth of your lake through accurate contour lines and color shades. We can create maps that are small enough to fit in your pocket or large enough to hang in your office.  Whether you need to know the correct fish species for fish stocking, or you desire to be aware of the amount of weed control products required for your lake, we have the skills and resources available to inform our customers about their comprehensive lakes and ponds.

If you are interested in learning more about our lake mapping services or you wish to make an appointment for our lake algae removal, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Aquascaping 101

aquatic weed managementImprove the overall aesthetic of your lake or pond with our comprehensive aquascaping. Aquascaping is the practice of strategically planting the appropriate plants to improve the overall quality of your waterway. Aquascaping can be utilized to improve the environmental mitigation of your lake or pond by planting plants that enhance the quality of life for the fish and wildlife.  Freshwater plants can help stabilize the soil by absorbing nutrients and providing sufficient cover.

We understand that every lake and pond is different due to the soil and environment, which is why we create custom solutions for your aquascape and mitigation program. Our aquascaping is a significant investment to help improve the overall quality of your waterways and to help prevent any future issues. We can transplant and nurture a wide variety of freshwater plants to use for your aquascaping that include pickerelweed, arrowhead, water lily, cypress, wild canna, rushes, chara, and more.

If you are interested in learning more about our aquascaping or our other services, such as our aquatic weed management, contact our company today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to schedule a consultation. We are happy to answer any questions you may have or schedule you’re a free aquatic survey.

Benefits of Pond and Lake Aeration

pond aerators and fountainsIf your place of business has a pond, lake, or fountain on its grounds, you need to make sure you keep the water in good condition by regularly aerating it. Pond aerators and fountains increase the dissolved oxygen content of the water, which in turn provides a number of benefits including:

  • Increase Habitat: Plant and animal life thrive due to increased oxygen in water
  • Destratification: Water circulates to maintain a relatively even temperature at all lake or pond depths
  • Water Quality: Better oxygen levels prevent plants underwater from releasing harmful gases that inhibit plant growth and wildlife

Improve Lake Appearance with a Fountain

One way to effectively aerate a pond or small lake is to include a fountain in the center. The fountain draws water from the lake or pond into an artful and attractive fountain above the water’s surface, and as the water falls back into the pond, it circulates and aerates the rest of the water. This is an easy and effective way to keep your pond or lake water healthy and clean. If you’re considering adding pond aerators and fountains to your property, make sure you discuss your needs with our skilled and knowledgeable professionals.

Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 with any questions you may have regarding our products and services.

Our Customers

lake and pond managementWhen it comes to the success of our company, we fully understand we wouldn’t be anywhere without the support of our customers. At The Lake Doctors, we strive to provide superior lake and pond management services to best serve our clients and their properties. Our water treatments help residential and commercial clients receive the most out of their waterways. Take a look below to learn more about some of the customers that we serve.

  • Homeowner’s Association (HOA)

Ensure your residential waterway is aesthetically pleasing and functional with help from our lake management. We will provide services that will keep your lakes clean and healthy.

  • Golf Courses

Keep your golf courses looking great when you trust in our aquatic management solutions. We design unique solutions that are best for your course that focuses on enhancing the overall beauty of your ponds that will overall complement your greens. We provide services that eliminate any invasive species, such as algae, that commonly negatively impact lakes and ponds. We always utilize environmentally friendly techniques to ensure your course is safe.

  • Private Pond Owners

Whether you desire fish stocking or the eliminating of algae, our water management company can provide a wide range of services to ensure your lakes are healthy and clean.

If you are interested in learning more about our services, contact our company today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Lake and Pond Management to Keep Your Water Healthy

lake and pond managementIf your business has a lake or pond on its grounds, chances are you understand how important it is to maintain the appearance of the lake or pond in order to keep your customers returning. Whether you have a small decorative pond or a lake that your visitors often use for recreation, keeping a large body of water clean and healthy can be difficult to handle in addition to all your other tasks. By leaving your lake and pond management to a professional, you can spend more time running your business without having to worry about what’s growing in your pond.

Regular Lake and Pond Management and Cleaning

Depending on the size of your body of water and where it’s located, there are a number of tasks that should be completed on a regular basis to keep your water clean, free of bad odors, and acceptable to your customers or guests. Our professional lake and pond management company will perform a number of tasks throughout the year to ensure your pond is healthy and free of odors, mosquitoes, and weeds. Work with our qualified company that will perform tasks such as:

  • Water Inspections and Treatments
  • Fish Stocking for Insect and Weed Control
  • Protecting Surrounding Ecosystem
  • Invasive Species Management and Prevention
  • Algae and Weed Control
  • Aeration and Fountain Management

Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our services or to schedule your next appointment.

Fountain Maintenance and Repair

aeration pumps for lakesAt The Lake Doctors, we offer our clients a wide selection of fountains, aeration pumps for lakes, bottom-diffuser aeration systems, and more. When it comes to our products and our clients, we strive to deliver only the best to ensure they receive years of trouble-free service. When you purchase a fountain or aerator from our company, you can expect delivery, installation, repair programs, warranties, and recommendations for local electricians for your electrical requirements. Proper maintenance and repair are vital to preserving your overall investment.  Below we discuss what is included in our quarterly program.

  • We provide extensive cleanings of your fountains and aerators to help maintain its beauty and functionality. We clean the exterior of the pump intake screens and fountain floats, we adjust and clean nozzles and jets, and we clean the necessary light lens.
  • We adjust all time clocks and controls to ensure they are accurate and working properly.
  • Our quarterly program includes lamp replacement labor during any regularly scheduled visit.
  • We can reposition your fountain in the lake or pond if needed.
  • We also offer our valued customers discounts on any needed parts or repairs.

Contact our company today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our fountain and aerator services and repairs.