Whether natural or man-made, ponds and lakes are bodies of water that often invoke feelings of calm relaxation, a deeper appreciation for nature, and even a place for recreational activity such as fishing, boating, or swimming. As such, proper lake management is vital to the overall health of the ecosystem of your lake.
The Hidden Dangers in Unkempt Lakes and Ponds
Stagnant waters can pose serious health risks for human beings and wildlife alike. Insects, particularly mosquitoes, are drawn to still waters in order to lay eggs. In turn, the increase in insects to an area can cause the spread of malaria or other bacteria. Other diseases such as E. coli, typhoid fever, dysentery, and cholera breed and spread in standing water of any kind.
Caring for Your Lake or Pond
One of the simplest and most effective ways to care for a lake or pond is to install a fountain and aerator. Oxygen naturally occurs in water, as does algae, odors, and the presence of insects. While these traits are normal in the wild, it is unhealthy and unattractive to leave a pond as-is on a private or commercial property. Increasing the oxygen levels in water and keeping it constantly moving ensures there will be no stagnation and little algae growth, thus allowing the water to clean itself more naturally. Another form of natural weed control is to stock the body of water with fish. Certain species eat weeds, while others are excellent choices for recreational fishing or to be looked upon for their natural beauty. Stocking your lake with fish allows for a natural environment filled with beautiful wildlife.
More than just ensuring a lake looks appealing, the proper care and maintenance to any body of water keeps wildlife naturally healthy. From private homes and multi-family communities to community and business parks, a properly managed pond ensures natural and environmentally-friendly beauty for years to come.