As the summer months roll on, algae control in your lake or pond is an extremely important part of maintaining a healthy body of water. When algae starts to take over your lakeshore, it will discolor the water and suck out the oxygen, asphyxiating other life forms. Certain types of algae are even toxic to humans and pets. When you see excessive algae growth it is a sure indication that you have problems with your water quality. Your shoreline area will become unsuitable for fish, important aquatic organisms, other animals and for activities such as swimming and fishing.
There is nothing more disheartening than watching your water column turn green with planktonic algae, turning the water into a green colored scum. Or watching the filamentous algae, with its thick, green hair-like strands building up on your shoreline or on the waterfall feature of your pond. A pond or lake with this kind of algae buildup, with plenty of nutrients and the summer sunlight helping feed it, will quickly take over. Read more about the two main types of algae in a previous article in our Learning Center.
There are numerous ways to deal with the types of algae that may be causing you issues in your lake or pond. Using a combination of clean up methods and proactive techniques and products will help reduce future growth of the algae. This will allow your body of water to flourish, keeping it looking good while creating a healthy environment.
For dealing with algae, using a manual skimmer will remove it from the surface. The skimmer makes it easy to quickly clear an area and maintain it. Like floating weeds, when algae dies and floats to the bottom of the water, it will decompose and will contribute to a new layer of muck. Collecting algae at the surface is the perfect preventative measure to combat this. Products like the skimmer and the Long Reach Rake are some of the best tools to manually collect algae from your body of water.
A product like the AquaThruster creates a powerful current water flow on the surface that blows and pushes suspended algae and weeds far away from your shoreline. It also helps in preventing and protecting your area from more floating in. People use the AquaThruster in their ponds both as a solution to algae along with it being a preventative measure. In smaller ponds, the AquaThruster is great because it can help move everything to the edges of the shoreline so that it is much easier to collect and get rid of with a rake or pitch fork.
The Airstream combines the powerful circulation of the AquaThruster with high volume aeration. With proper aeration, this effectively reduces the phosphorus, nitrogen and carbon that lead to excessive weed and algae growth. The Airstream and items such as Fountains are perfect for lakeshore owners looking to reduce the algae, weeds and muck and to reverse the water stagnation in channels, coves and bays through the use of aeration.
When using an algeacide to combat algae in your lake or pond, a product like Cutrine Plus works great and is EPA approved for use in drinking water reservoirs, irrigation conveyance systems such as canals and ditches and of course in your body of water. Use Cutrine with both Liquid Bacteria & Bio-Chemical Catalyst to improve and speed up the process of eliminating algae. You can also purchase a combo pack to take care of all your algae needs.
Whether you have large amounts of algae already or are looking to take the necessary steps to keep it from showing up, it is important to identify the factors that cause algae to thrive and eliminate them. Equally important is using the proper tools, products and methods to assist you in taking preventative measures along with maintaining your lake or pond to have a healthy and thriving body of water.