The spring season is fast approaching. This is the time for you to make sure that your nearby lake or pond is in the peak of health. You want to be sure that you have everything under control so that no problems, such as excess algae growth, are allowed to develop.
The First Step is to Identify Potentially Toxic Plant Life
The first thing you will need to do is make a positive identification of any potential sources of trouble in your lake or pond. This will include any toxic weeds or algae that may threaten to bloom unchecked in the water. The sooner you put a stop to this potentially hazardous issue, the sooner you can assure the safety of the water.
After the growing season begins, you'll soon have a good idea on just what is alive in your pond. You can call in our expert team of environmental maintenance agents to help you identify the various species of plant life that exist at the surface and at various levels below the surface. If any invasive or harmful species are present, we can quickly take care of them and show you how to prevent their reappearance.
How Can You Deal with Various Potentially Toxic Weeds?
There are a number of plant and algae species that could become hazards in your lake or pond. These are pests, such as blue-green algae, that can grow out of control, quickly choking off light and oxygen and causing the death of all other life forms in the water. The time for you to deal with them is now before the spring season gives them the opportunity to bloom.
Floating Aquatic Weeds
You may find several species of aquatic weeds floating free on the surface of your lake or pond. These may include duckweed, watermeal, and many others. Aquatic herbicides, such as Spritflo or Dibrox, are good for treating floating weeds like duckweed. Meanwhile, Clipper herbicide is a good choice for taking care of watermeal.
Submerged Lake or Pond Weeds
Another issue in your lake or pond may be the presence of pesky submerged weeds. These are the ones that are hiding just below the surface of the water, hoping you won't get to them before the spring season starts. These can include coontail, pondweed, hydrilla, and milfoil. To contain the growth of these pests, you can use Spritflo or Dibrox.
Emergent Plants on the Shoreline
There will also usually be a healthy variety of emergent plants that grow on the shore of your lake or pond. These can include such species as water lilies, various types of grass and assorted weeds, poison ivy, and brush.
The best way to control these emergent weeds is to use Glyphosate 5.4 in conjunction with a surfactant to maximize the spread. This will kill the weeds at their very roots while not posing any kind of threat to fishing or swimming in the water.
Common Species of Aquatic Algae
There will also be a number of aquatic algae species that could become a danger to your lake or pond. Algae will usually appear in the form of scum spreading over the surface of the water. However, be aware that algae can also bide its time, hiding just under the surface of the water until it gets a chance to explode into bloom.
There are a number of species of algae that you need to watch out for. These can include submerged, planktonic, and filamentous algae. This is a pernicious pest that can overtake the surface of your lake or pond in a matter of mere days. The warmer and sunnier the weather, the faster the menace can spread.
Your best bet to kill pond or lake algae will be to use a copper-based liquid solution, such as Mizzen. However, there is one source of trouble that comes with many types of copper-based algaecides. If you have catfish, koi, or trout in your pond, don't use Mizzen as they are allergic to copper. Use GreenClean algaecide instead.
Call Crosscreek Environmental for Expert Pond Maintenance
If you are in need of top-level pond maintenance solutions, the time to call Crosscreek Environmental is now. You want to be sure that the water will be safe for your family and pets to enjoy. This is your chance to get ahead of the season in order to shore up the health of your lake or pond.
There are many issues that you will need to take full stock of. The sooner you do so, the sooner you can be sure that everything will be under control by the time spring arrives. Contact us at Crosscreek Environmental to start planning your pond maintenance with expert precision.