Have you recently come into a property that includes a body of water? Lakes and ponds may seem like they can handle themselves, but they actually require a lot of work. A lake is its own universe and many aquatic lives may depend on healthy management practices.
What Can Go Wrong?
If your lake is out of balance and you leave it alone, you may end up with an eyesore on your hands. You could be dealing with dead fish, an icky smell and questionable water quality. This situation is bad for wildlife, your family and your property value. Don’t worry, your mud-puddle can be turned around with a little help. The pros of a healthy pond far outweigh the labor that it will require.
What Can You Do?
First, you need to diagnose the problem. Not enough oxygen, too many fish and pH imbalance are all issues that can turn your lake to the dark side. If you feel confident taking this on yourself, there are plenty of kits you can buy for water testing or simple methods for estimating fish populations. However, if you are new to the water game, then it may be a good idea to reach out to a professional lake management service to help get you started.
What Do You Get Out of It?
The aesthetic and recreational opportunities that come hand in hand with life on the water are plenty. Fishing, swimming and boating are only a few. Add a bench to the shore and take in the beauty. Add a rope swing and launch yourself into the water. Not to mention how much your local wildlife will appreciate a clean watering hole! Maybe even set up a motion camera and have fun watching who comes to visit your new oasis.
The amount of responsibility may seem daunting at first, but you will quickly find out how rewarding it can be. There are plenty of resources available to help you on this journey, so jump on in!