Recently, European scientists started promoting a type of phytoplankton as the most nutritious superfood in the world. Yes, a microscopic type of algae bloom could hold the key in fighting many chronic disorders. While these scientists are touting the benefits of marine “gunk,” most people see algae as an eyesore. Even worse, it can be harmful to home landscaping features like ponds and pools.

Beneficial and Harmful Algae

Nannochloropsis gaditana is the scientific name of the algae that is now being used for food. Though it, and its cousins, form the basis of the largest food chains on the planet, it is a select oceanic variety. The everyday varieties of algae found in backyard water features are not beneficial. They siphon oxygen from ponds where exotic fish thrive. They clog boating areas, pool filters, decorative fountains, and can even emit a putrid odor. Algae in ponds and pools is not something that increases the appeal of a home.

How is Pool and Pond Algae Prevented?

Many common things cause algae blooms. Spores that are transported by air will flourish if they land in any watery area. Algae also feeds on decaying organic matter, including other algae. It is more likely to grow in standing water, or bodies of water that are never treated.

The best way to prevent residential algae blooms is through a professional lake algae control service like The Lake Doctors, Inc. Professionals can analyze the types of algae that are starting in a pond, lake, pool, or fountain. This analysis also includes identification of harmful varieties of moss, lichen, mold, and other invasive organisms. Once the situation is evaluated, water treatments are administered in exact amounts. These treatments include herbicides that are not harmful to animal life, and adhere to all government environmental standards. Treatments are effective depending on the types of algae that are being eliminated. Most treatments are successful within a couple of weeks. The dead matter can be filtered, or allowed to become part of local ecosystem.

The presence of algae in backyard water features is no fun for anyone. Swimmers feel safer in pristine pools. Fountains should be inviting to people and birds. Ponds and lakes should have healthy fish populations, and minimal weeds that interfere with boating. Algae treatment is effective at nearly any scale. A water feature with a perfect pH balance adds extreme levels of value to a home, or to a recreational area.