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.

Dangerous Animals Found in Florida Lakes

lake managementThe Lake Doctors is proud to be your trusted source for all your lake management needs. Our custom aquatic solutions and regular maintenance plans are designed to help enhance the overall health and aesthetic of your lakes and ponds. While we serve clients throughout Florida, Ohio, and South Carolina, we want to educate our clients on animals that commonly inhabit freshwater lakes found in Florida.

When it comes to nature, animals are always going to come with the territory. While many animals are vital to the survival of the ecosystem, it is also important to be aware of certain species that can be harmful to humans. Below we feature dangerous animals that are common in our line of work. 

  • Alligators

Although most alligators are docile creatures and stray away from boats and humans, it is important to be aware of their existence to increase your safety while in and around freshwater.

  • Cottonmouths/Water Moccasins

Similarly to alligators, cottonmouth snakes tend to avoid human contact, unless otherwise startled or bothered. Water moccasins are venomous and harmful to humans, so it is important to be cautious of their presence.

As a company, we strive to educate and inform our clients to ensure safety. If you are interested in learning more about our water management services, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Why Choose The Lake Doctors, Inc.

lake managementAt The Lake Doctors, we strive to offer custom aquatic solutions and lake management plans to ensure the health and safety of your lakes and ponds. When it comes to choosing a water management company, it is important to select a business that cares not only about the well-being of your waterways, but the overall well-being of your cares and needs. Below we list a few of the many reasons why you should choose to work with The Lake Doctors, Inc.

  • Superior Customer Service

Our aquatic specialists value the importance of business relationships, which is why we work hard to understand your needs to offer you a customized solution. We build sustainable relationships with our clients to ensure their needs are met and exceeded.

  • Value Employees and Customers

Our dedication to our craft and customers starts with our employees. We train our employees to respect every customer with equality and compassion. Our business understands we could not be successful if it weren’t for our dedicated customers, which is why we always put our clients first.

  • Promotions

As a way to demonstrate our appreciation for our valued customers, we provide special deals and promotions.

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

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.