Regardless of whether the lake was created by Mother Nature or was man-made, there are likely shallow areas in the waterbody, particularly around the perimeter. It is these shallow areas that are prone to pond algae and aquatic weed growth.
Almost all plants and algae require sunlight in order to grow through photosynthesis. In the electromagnetic spectrum, some wavelengths are more valuable than others. The strongest inhibitor of these UV penetrations is the color blue, which is why the most common lake dyes used are blue. However, black and other colors of dye have been successful if the conditions are right. If the waterbody is not particularly shallow, it can be surprising to find out how far down the water column UV penetration can occur.
In order to implement this lake management strategy successfully, a constant UV screen must be maintained, not just in the spring growing season. This is accomplished by applying dye regularly throughout the year, including the winter months. The constant color that is created for your lake or pond by regularly applying dye will be aesthetically pleasing to the eye all year round.
It can be tricky at first to determine the correct amount of dye for the initial application and subsequent applications throughout the year. Starting with the product manufacturer’s recommendations per acre foot is the general rule of thumb. Future applications should be tracked and monitored moving forward. If the waterbody has no or few outflows then less product will be needed to maintain a constant color. It is also important to mention that various shades of blue and black lake dyes can be mixed to achieve just the right color.
The majority of dyes that are registered for aquatic use are rated as environmentally friendly and non-toxic, which means that they will not harm birds, reptiles, mamals, fish and turfgrass. During and after a dye treatment, using the waterbody for swimming and irrigation continues to be safe. If you ever have any concerns or doubts about the safety of these products, please check the product label or contact the experts at SOLitude.
Applying lake or pond dye is a simple proactive step that could save you lots of money on algae and aquatic weed treatments in the future. Your waterbody will also have more aesthetic appeal if properly dyed. It isn’t the only preventative step to take, but one with lasting benefits.
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