A lake or pond on your property needs to be maintained just like any yard or garden. Aquatic weeds need to be managed and removed, water quality needs to be monitored, and potentially harmful bacteria needs to be managed. Since all of this might be too difficult to manage on your own as a homeowner, you may need to find a company that specializes in aquatic management services. Here are just a few reasons why.
Testing the Water Quality
First of all, your pond’s water quality needs to be checked periodically. This will include checking for the right amount of dissolved oxygen that plants and fish need to thrive, checking the water’s temperature, and examining it for any strange colors or odors that could be indicators of contamination. It will also include checking your water for fecal coliform bacteria. As its name implies, this bacteria comes from the feces of warm-blooded animals. It can be very harmful not just to the wildlife in the pond, but to the surrounding area. There are ways of treating pond and lake water to kill this and other kinds of harmful bacteria, and a good aquatic management service will be able to determine when it’s time for this solution.
Aquatic Weed Removal
While weeds and algae are an important part of a pond’s ecosystem, too many of them are unsightly and interfere with activities such as swimming, boating and fishing. This vegetation can be managed by good aquatic management services, but you can also monitor the situation yourself. Weeds that are growing in shallow water can be pulled up by hand or dug up by a special tool, and some weeds can be managed by chemical weed removal products. Contact an aquatic management professional to find out which weed management solutions will be right for your pond or lake. They will find the safest solution for your property and ensure that only the minimal vegetation is removed so that your body of water will thrive.