If your lake suffers from poor water color, don’t waste time trying to spoon or vacuum away brackish sediments and debris, solutions that help small ponds but not larger lakes. Instead, look for a solution that efficiently improves your entire lake. Below, we list five such solutions that, depending on your lake’s needs, could give it the fresh appearance it’s been missing.
1. Eco friendly Aqua Herbicide
Eco friendly aqua herbicide targets water weeds that contribute to water debris and make a lake’s banks looks unkempt. As with herbicide for land growing plants, aqua herbicide should be purchased based on the weeds you wish to eliminate. If you don’t know the names of the weeds that vex your lake, consulting with a pond maintenance company or a seller of aqua herbicide is the best option. Most aqua herbicides need to be reapplied at regular intervals.
2. Eco friendly Algaecide
For many lake owners, too much algae is the culprit behind their lake’s greenish color, a problem that eco friendly algaecide can resolve. In addition to improving your lake’s appearance, reducing excess algae is key to ensuring its retains enough oxygen to support fish life. Algaecide should be applied to reduce algae to a healthy level, not eliminate it. As with aqua herbicides, most algaecides need to be reapplied at regular intervals.
3. Eco Friendly Pond Dye
Unlike aqua herbicides and algaecides, eco friendly pond dyes change your lake’s water color. While the dye’s colors are potentially endless, blue, aqua, dark blue, and reflective black remain the most popular. Most dye applications last 6-8 weeks, depending on a lake’s water turnover rate, the rate at which existing water cycles out as new water cycles in. Eco friendly pond dye is non-staining to fish, people, animals, soil, and water equipment.
4. Bacteria and Enzyme Additives
When lakes have an overabundance of nutrients, they often have an overabundance of vegetation that encourages brackish water. To keep your lake’s nutrient levels naturally in check, applying bacteria and enzyme additives is the optimal solution. Lake maintenance additives won’t dramatically change your lake’s color, but they do set the stage for applying pond dyes. The less vegetation debris your pond contains, the easier it is for pond dyes to work their magic.
5. Buffer Alum Compounds
Buffer alum compounds send water borne sediments back to your lake’s bottom. Typically used in instances where churned up sediments are significantly altering water color, such as following an earthquake or heavy rain, buffer alum compounds are intended as an occasional solution, not a frequent application. If your lake has fish, be sure to apply “buffer” alum compounds, as opposed to regular alum compounds.