A lake on your property can enhance your surroundings. However, without proper maintenance, its beautiful aquatic plants will quickly decay and attract pests. These three tips will help you maintain optimal lake heath.
1. Manage Algae Growth
When present in moderate amounts, algae can benefit your lake, serving as a food source for aquatic animals. However, when left unchecked, it can ultimately harm your lake’s ecosystem. Algae overgrowth will hinder water flow and reduce oxygen levels, ultimately damaging your lake’s vegetation and wildlife. Lake aeration techniques can mitigate algae growth and boost the health of your lake. Consider installing a fountain or waterfall to improve water circulation. You can also promote aeration by introducing oxygenating aquatic plants.
2. Rake Your Lake
Just like you would rake fallen leaves from your lawn to promote grass health, you should remove leaves that settle on your lake. Leaves left to decay on the water’s surface will release gasses that damage aquatic plants and wildlife. Use a skimmer to clean up floating leaves. A trap net can also keep your lake clear from leaves. Consider installing a filter mat below the net to collect any debris that slips through.
3. Remove Sludge
You’re cleaning up leaves that fall on your water’s surface, but don’t forget about the bottom of the lake. Debris that sinks to the bottom of the lake, building up sludge over time. While sludge supports healthy plant growth, too much can damage your lake’s ecosystem. To give your lake a deep clean, drain the water and move your aquatic life to a separate reservoir. Clear out the sludge and clean the lining. Then, return some of the sludge and refill the lake with fresh water.
It is possible to experience the tranquility of your lake without the hassle of maintenance. Leave the time-consuming task of aquatic management to a professional so your lake (and you!) will thrive.