Get Rid of Undesirable Aquatic Weeds and Blue Green Algae
Nuisance aquatic vegetation and blue green algae has a big impact on the beauty and ecological balance of your lake or pond. Pond algae and lake weed control is particularly important to the health and quality of any aquatic ecosystem. And at SOLitude Lake Management, we know how to get rid of algae and undesirable aquatic weeds.
As a SePRO Preferred Applicator, SOLitude utilizes the most advanced products and practices. We provide our clients with high-quality environmentally conscious algae and aquatic weed management services.
Our lake weed control and pond algae control solutions help eliminate:
- Common Lake and Pond Algae
- Harmful Algal Blooms and Toxic Algae (Blue-green Algae)
- Nuisance Aquatic Weeds
- Invasive Aquatic Weeds
The Importance of Identifying Algae and Aquatic Weeds
Invasive pond algae and aquatic weeds are not only unsightly, but can sometimes be a danger to aquatic life and humans depending on the species. They can cause many water quality problems and be a detriment to aquatic ecosystems, while also hiding a lake’s true beauty. Properly identifying the target algae and aquatic weeds growing in your pond is an important factor in achieving the desired result.
Choosing the right product and applying it at the right rates at the right times will provide you with lasting results.
Phytoplankton, better known as algae, are present in all lakes and ponds. While more than 30,000 species of algae are known to exist, we generally only become aware of it when it reaches nuisance levels that negatively impact aesthetics, recreation, water quality and ecological balance. Algae can appear in many forms and colors, and thrive on excess nutrients in the water and requires sunlight for growth.
People often ask us how to kill algae in a pond. We utilize a variety of EPA-registered aquatic herbicides to control algae blooms, but proactive management is the best way to ensure long term management of your aquatic ecosystem.
Undesirable algae blooms can be an indication of excess nutrient loading, low dissolved oxygen levels or other water quality imbalances. It’s important to consult with an aquatic management professional to properly identify the source of your algae problems and design a custom management plan using the following solutions:
If you find yourself googling “how to get rid of pond algae” then you’re in luck. SOLitude Lake Management aquatic scientists are waiting to speak with you about custom lake algae removal and invasive species management solutions. Our professionals utilize sustainable products and services to green ponds while spearheading lake weed control. Some ponds can simply be managed through the application of nutrient remediation products such as Alum, Phoslock, or Biochar—or, biological control measures such as stocking triploid grass carp.
Managing Harmful Algal Blooms and Blue-Green Algae
HABs can occur naturally, but have been a problem for decades due to the negative environmental impacts associated with mass urban development and pollution. In recent years, private research and greater public awareness around the subject of HABs have brought nationwide attention to dangerous cyanobacteria blooms plaguing some of the largest lakes in the country.
In addition to interfering with recreation, cyanobacteria can threaten agriculture and drinking water resources, supporting the current evidence that exposure to cyanotoxins may lead to the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The blue-green algae capable of producing the dangerous toxin can be found in almost any waterbody, even those as small as a stormwater pond or ditch.
Preventing algae blooms is important because although blooms often begin as small areas, they can grow rapidly if untreated. Filamentous and planktonic algae are the two basic types of algae found in lakes and ponds. Filamentous algae is long, stringy and slimy and grows in large mats or patches. Patches of filamentous algae are often bright green with shades of brown mixed in. Planktonic algae is usually light green, but sometimes there are blooms of red planktonic algae. To prevent algae, the main goal is to limit and reduce the nutrients in the water because research suggests toxic algae can lead to neurodegenerative disease. So stay away from green ponds!So, the main goal of a successful lake algae control plan is to limit these green ponds. Avoid grass clippings, leaves, fertilizer and other nutrient loaded organic debris from getting into your waterbody. Limit mowing around the edges of your lake or pond to help establish a protective vegetative buffer.
Nuisance Aquatic Weed Control
Some aquatic plants may simply be a nuisance, whether they are limiting access to water for recreational use or become an eyesore in your lake or pond. SOLitude is experienced to implement management plans to control nuisance aquatic weeds that have taken over your waterbody.
Once the aquatic ecosystem is restored to balance, it’s important to implement proactive annual management strategies to ensure that the nuisance aquatic weeds don’t return.
Invasive Aquatic Weed Control
Invasive plants are species that were introduced to an area that is outside of their natural range. Once established, these invasive species tend to dominate the area, out competing native species and, in some cases, destroy the overall ecosystem by eliminating all native plants and making the area useless to the animal life that once called these areas home.
Invasive species are typically characterized as adaptable and aggressive, with a very high reproductive rate. Their aggressive nature when combined with a general lack of natural enemies or predators often leads to major outbreaks that can dominate quickly and be very hard to control. It’s important to detect invasive species as soon as possible, and to implement a management plan to control them.
An annual management plan will reduce the chances of your aquatic resources from experiencing a serious algae or aquatic weed problem.
Click on the button below or call 855-593-8556 to speak with the experts at SOLitude Lake Management to discuss a pond weed and algae management plan for your property.