A body of water can be a beautiful thing. Whether it be a lake, pond, or fountain, keeping it clean and free of weeds and algae can be a huge hassle. A body of water filled with weeds and algae can be an eye sore, and can even be harmful to its ecosystem.
Maintaining the natural ecosystem within a body of water can come with many challenges. Ponds, lakes and sitting bodies of water are susceptible to nuisance algae blooms and unwanted aquatic weed growth. With the proper maintenance however, algae can be eradicated and prevented altogether, leaving your body of water algae free.
Thousands of species of algae exist naturally worldwide, the most prevalent types are, staghorn, black brush, cladophora, green spot, green thread, green water, and blue green algae. Algae not only varies in its type, but also its size. It can range from very small single cell forms, to complex multicelluar forms such as giant kelp, which can grow to over 200 feet in size.
Eradicating algae can be a difficult task, depending on how severe the infestation has become. The most common techniques for removing algae are herbicides that abolish algae, but do not harm other plants and wildlife. It is administered via boat, atv, motor backpack, or water aeration systems, which promotes health in the water by adding oxygen to it.
Weeds in a pond, lake, or fountain can include submerged plants, floating leaf plants, emerged plants, and free floating plants. While some plants are vital to the health of a body of water, certain weeds can become invasive and in turn, be harmful to its ecosystem.
Invasive species of weeds can pose many threats to a fountain, pond, or lake. They can overcome wanted plants, harm wildlife such as fish and turtles, and can destroy the pumps and motors of fountains and aeration systems. Once weeds take over a body water, they can turn a beautiful oasis into an eyesore.
Removing weeds from any body of water depends on certain variables such as the type of weed, the size of the pond, fountain, or lake, and what wildlife is in the water. Once these questions have been answered, different routes may be taken. The best option is often to have a herbicide treatment. Throughout the remainder of the season, the waters should be inspected and treated as needed.
Now that you have an idea of what to do if your fountain, pond, or lake has algae or weed problems, let us know how we can help. Or expert staff has over 20 years of experience. Call us today to make an appointment or receive a free consultation about our aquatic maintenance services.