The Lake Doctors, Inc.


Natural, Non-Herbicide Green Programs

The Lake Doctors, Inc. has always been very environmentally conscious and careful in the care of the ponds and lakes that have been trusted to our care. As we move forward, we are actively developing alternative methods of taking care of waterways. In addition to our green solutions like aeration/fountains, fish stocking and live plantings, we also offer the following options, which can also be included in our Annual Management Program:

  • Beneficial Bacteria & Enzymes
  • Pond Dye
Beneficial Bacteria & Enzymes

Bacteria & naturally occurring enzymes are often used to help breakdown pond sludge and reduce excess nutrients from the water. Reduction of these compounds will help clear the water, reduce odors, and digest unwanted organic compounds. Although these bacterial blends do not directly control algae, they help condition the water, making it cleaner and healthier, and thus less likely to support excessive growth of undesirable algae or “pond scum,” as it is sometime known.

Naturalake selfie 2021 - Greg Prenger
Pond Dye

Another effective and safe alternative is the use of food-grade blue color in the pond, often known as Pond Dye. The effect of the coloring agent in the pond is to reduce the amount of sunlight penetrating through the water column. By limiting sunshine, you limit photosynthesis, which can have a beneficial effect of slowing down the growth of underwater aquatic plants and algae. A nice side benefit is that the blue color often improves the aesthetic appearance of the body of water, particularly if the pond or lake has poor water color or clarity.