With spring around the corner, it’s time to prepare for making your lake or pond presentable after the winter, and keeping it that way through the summer. In this article, we look at the most helpful lake maintenance supplies and equipment for making your lake or pond a bright spot and not an eyesore.
1. Water Rake
After autumn and winter, there’s plenty of debris of rake away from your lake or pond’s banks and shallow portions. If your lake’s size makes the job too time consuming for manual raking, calling a lake maintenance company could be the best move. Otherwise, using a water rake will get rid of unwanted debris and save you money in the process.
2. Spooning Net
After raking, there’s plenty of floating debris a rake can’t catch. For this, use a spooning net whose net is fine enough to catch twigs and bits of leaves. While a spooning net could be used to infinity, the point is to get debris that floats along the surface and seems likely to hang there.
3. Water Tiller
A water tiller uproots waterweeds so you can remove them roots and all, preventing re-growth that can happen within days. If you don’t apply herbicides that target your area’s waterweeds, an aqua tiller will come in handy. Throughout the summer, you can use it to remove waterweeds before they firmly root and spread around your pond or lake.
Applying herbicides offers a simple approach to dealing with waterweeds that crop up and proliferate through spring and summer. While some herbicides aren’t friendly to the environment, others are formulated to be environmentally safe. If you have a larger lake, eco friendly herbicide is the way to go.
As with herbicides, algaecides are available in formulations that don’t threaten the environment. While your lake or pond needs some algae to support its life forms, too much algae can leech the water of oxygen that fish need to survive, not to mention its effect on your water’s appearance. Algaecide prevents these things from happening.
5. Pond Dye
Pond dyes improve you water’s color by making invisible the sediments that give it a greenish or brownish hue. Pond dyes come in various colors, with blue, aqua, dark blue, and reflective black being the most popular. Most dye applications last 6-8 weeks, and are non-staining to humans, fish, animals and lake/pond equipment.
6. Water Vacuum
Water vacuums are great for removing debris from ornamental fishponds, or any small pond whose bottom remains visible. Instead of spending hours disturbing the bottom of your ornamental pond and then spooning the debris away, you can accomplish the job in just minutes using a water vacuum.