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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.

Free Aquatic Survey

lake algae controlWhen it comes to your lakes and ponds, it is important to understand the quality of your water to find effective solutions to enhance the overall health and aesthetic of your waterways. Our aquatic specialists at The Lake Doctors utilize our top-quality materials, specialized equipment, and innovative techniques to test the basic water chemistry of your lakes to determine elemental components and profound resolutions.

Our customers are the backbone of our company. It is our mission to help our customers have beautiful and healthy water year round. As a token of our gratitude, we are pleased to offer our new clients a free aquatic survey that provides them with a comprehensive and complementary assessment of their water. When you receive a free aquatic survey, you will receive a full report that tests the water quality and provides effective proposals that can improve your waterways.

We offer a wide variety of services including annual management programs, lake algae control services, fish stocking, lake mapping, mosquito control, fountain and aeration system installations, and much more. If you are interested in learning more about our services, or you would like to schedule your free aquatic survey, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Aquatic Weed Control & Algae Treatment

lake managementAt The Lake Doctors, we strive to help property owners care for their waterways through our aquatic weed control and algae treatments. Our lake management services are designed to solve your existing problems while creating a healthy atmosphere for future growth by using top-quality materials, specialized equipment, and innovative techniques. There are many reasons to remove aquatic weeds and algae to help sustain the ecosystem. Below we list common things that can occur when you leave your aquatic weeds to grow uncontrollably.

  • When your lakes and ponds become overwhelmed with aquatic weeds, fishing and watersports can become dangerous and difficult.
  • Aquatic weeds can consume a large portion of your oxygen levels in the water, causing harm to the overall ecosystem.
  • Overgrown algae can disrupt the natural flow of water and can alter boat traffic.
  • Too many algae and aquatic weeds can harm fish and wildlife, resulting in larger issues.

We strive to educate our clients on the importance of regular water maintenance. Our annual water management program offers property owners peace of mind by providing monthly inspections and treatments by our licensed aquatic biologists. It is our goal to help you have beautiful lakes and waterways all year round. If you are interested in learning more about our aquatic services, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Our Specialized Services

aquatic weed managementOur lake and pond management company is proud to be your trusted source for aquatic solutions. We strive to meet the needs of our clients while offering them competitive rates and effective services. Our specialists utilize the highest quality materials and equipment to ensure the overall health of your waterways. We are pleased to offer many different services to better your lakes. Below we feature a few of our specialized services that will help keep your lakes aesthetically pleasing and safe year-round.

  • We offer stock fishing services to help you create an environmentally balanced lake. We stock carp, catfish, bass, bluegill, and more.
  • Our water clarification process ensures the appropriate and safe amount of aluminum sulfate is applied to your lakes to help clear your waters.
  • We utilize plants to aquascape your lakes to help stabilize the soil and provide nutrients.
  • Our specialists can install and repair most fountains and aeration systems to help you have a healthy and beautiful pond.
  • We offer water testing and sampling services to ensure we treat your ponds effectively by creating a customized maintenance plan.

We offer many more services than what is listed above. If you are interested in learning more about our aquatic weed management services, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Environmentally Friendly Aquatic Management

aquatic weed managementThe Lake Doctors take pride in offering environmentally friendly aquatic management services to enhance the overall well-being of your waterways. As a company, it is our corporate social responsibility to conduct such business that does not harm our natural environment. We are actively developing alternative methods that utilize fewer chemicals when caring for your waterways. Below we list a few ways we are trying to do our part in being green and environmentally safe.

  • Our herbicides and algaecides are EPA-approved for lakes and ponds, and we only apply them to areas that are safe for the surrounding fish, wildlife, and overall habitat.
  • Instead of using harsh copper compounds to remove algae, we blend a safe bacterium that is harmless to the pond but effective in breaking down pond sludge.
  • We utilize naturally occurring enzymes to remove harmful nutrients that would allow algae to grow.
  • Our aquatic specialists enhance the health of your lake by installing aeration systems that help eliminate stagnation found in the water while improving oxygen levels.
  • We provide fish stocking to our clients to help improve the overall ecosystem of your lake, which ultimately helps improve our environment.

If you are interested in learning more ways we help make a difference in reducing our carbon footprint, we encourage you to reach out to us. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our aquatic weed management services.

Improve Water Health with Pond Fountains & Aeration Systems

pond aerators and fountains

Maintaining your lakes and ponds is important to keeping a healthy environment for fish and wildlife. Like with humans, oxygen is vital for the health of your waterways. Decreased levels of oxygen found in your lakes can cause your waterways to suffer from contaminated algae, mosquito problems, and overall poor appearance.  Our pond aerators and fountains help owners improve the overall health of their lakes. Our aquatic specialists will create you a custom solution that fits your biological needs and budget.

Our pond aerators and fountains feature superior submersible pumps that are designed to feature a constant spray height with fluctuating water levels. We also only utilize corrosion-resistant materials and pumps to ensure durability and reliability.

Our aeration bottom diffusion systems are a cost-effective method of enhancing the overall health of your lake. Bottom diffusion systems help break up the air in the pond into millions of small bubbles that then rise towards the surface. This system then adds oxygen to the water while bringing low-oxygen water to the surface, where it then creates a large moving circulation pattern in the waterway.

If you are interested in learning more about making your lakes and ponds healthy through our fountains and aerators, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

The Myth of the Cottonmouth Chase

lake and pond managementAt The Lake Doctors, we strive to serve our clients by offering custom aquatic solutions that fit your needs and budget. Our specialists have learned a lot over the years about our ecosystems and the animals that are found within these systems. We feel it is our duty as a company to offer our expertise and advice regarding your lakes and ponds.

Cottonmouths snakes, also known as water moccasins (Agkistrodon piscivorus), are notoriously mistaken by humans to be extremely vicious. The myth is when people come between the water and a cottonmouth; the snake may become startled and seem as though it is chasing the individual. The much-uncoordinated cottonmouth, once in motion, will move spastically to escape human contact and return to water because it perceives us to be a threatening predator. However, more often they will sit in their classic mouth agape pose, showing off their white mouth in a defensive posture.

We find ourselves in the presence of snakes more often than not in our line of work. Although they are not everyone’s favorite critter, they are a very important part of the ecological puzzle that makes up our waterways. Remember to respect their presence and check your local wildlife laws before handling any snake species. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our lake and pond management services.

Water Snakes (Nerodia) vs. Cottonmouths/Water Moccasins (Agkistrodon Piscivorus)

lake and pond managementlake and pond managementAt The Lake Doctors, we feel it is important to inform our clients about certain water snakes (Nerodia), a family of snakes that often get a bad reputation from a case of mistaken identity. Nerodia water snakes are often blamed for being a dangerous predator from the misunderstood species that gives them that persona, cottonmouths/water moccasins (Agkistrodon piscivorous).

Water snakes are commonly mistaken because they share the same habitats and do their best to imitate the cottonmouth. The difficulty in telling these two snakes apart is that both species of snakes come in a wide variety of colors ranging from dark browns, blacks, tans, and a wide variety of patterns. The water snake does its best to flatten out its head to look more threatening, so the head shape is also not a viable method of identification. When in doubt it’s always safer to leave them be instead of doing a closer inspection. Common water snakes are the Florida banded water snake which is non-venomous and the cottonmouth, also known as a water moccasin, which is extremely venomous.

Our lake and pond management company strive to stress the importance of being aware of snakes. It is important to leave them alone to enhance your safety while out on the water. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our aquatic management services.

Aquatic Plant Identification: Algae

pond algae identificationWhen it comes to your waterways, the specialists at The Lake Doctors strive to educate our clients on harmful, invasive species to help protect their lakes and ponds. There are many species of aquatic plants that can inhabit your lakes, and not all plants are considered harmful or undesirable. It’s important to know the different types of plants in order to identify them so our specialists can control or remove them promptly.

Algae are a common plant that resides in lakes and ponds that can be considered single-celled or multi-celled. Planktonic algae are composed of single cells or small colonies and are often found free-floating in the water column. This type of algae is often green, brown, and sometimes red. Filamentous algae are multicellular algae that have end-to-end cells that form long threads. Macrophytic algae are often much larger and multi-branched.

There are many different types of algae that are important to know and identify. Below we list some common species of algae.

  • Planktonic
  • Chara
  • Nitella
  • Filamentous
  • Lyngbya
  • Euglena

If you believe you have algae in your lakes and ponds, we encourage you to reach out to our aquatic specialists for our comprehensive pond algae identification services. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to schedule your free aquatic survey.