Every pond and lake will have to deal with algae or weed growth at some point in time, but treatment options will vary depending on the type of plant, size of treatment area, and what the pond and lake is used for and location.
Successful aquatic weed control starts with proper identification by one of our experienced aquatic applicators.
Types of Treatments
There are three types of treatment used by pond and lake owners to control algae and weeds: Chemical Biological, and Mechanical. Chemical treatment methods are the primary and preferred management methods use in lake management. If and when chemical management does not produce the desired outcome, mechanical removal and control can use utilized.
There are two types of chemicals used: Algaecides and Herbicides. Selection of the specific algicide or herbicide will depend on the plant identified to be controlled to determine the best management practice.
One way to manage invading non-native plants in lakes and ponds is to use biological control agents such as insects, fish, diatoms and beneficial bacteria. Fish such as triploid grass carp and tilapia are commonly utilized biological controls for nuisance weeds and algae control, triploid grass carp being the most effective. Biotom* and Bio-Zyme* are utilized by Clear Waters, Inc. to increase the natural diatom and bacteria populations in your lakes and ponds to utilize the excess Nitrogen and Phosphorus deposited in your waterbody. Utilization of these nutrients into the aquatic food chain decreases their availability to fuel algae and nuisance weed growth.
Pond and lake skimmers and rakes with floats are used to rake or skim off floating weeds and algae from the surface of the water.
We are happy to announce the addition of the Gator Lake Rake to our equipment list. Some of our customers have witnessed us utilizing the Gator Lake Rake to remove excessive algae mats and floating weed detritus.
We now have the capability to rake or sweep these floating mats to the shoreline. We deposit the material along the bank for draining. Pickup of the dried material will occur 1-2 days after removal if needed. This removes the excessive minerals, and nutrients that are part of the composition of the algae and weeds.
Give us a call at 386-767-4928 or fill out our contact form and one of our lake and pond management service specialists will assess the situation and recommend the type of treatment that is right for your pond or lake.
The more mature your pond or lake, the more you have to deal with aquatic weeds. They are not only annoying but they can choke the life out of the delicate ecosystem if action is not taken. From submerged weeds to shoreline weeds, the “The Lake Guys” of Clear Waters Inc. of Florida have the basics covered to get your pond and lake back on track.