Why Manage Your Pond?
Planning is an essential part of maintaining the health of your pond. Pond ecosystems are complex associations of microbes, plants and animals. The associated food webs, beginning with plants, to the herbivores, to carnivores and eventually to the decomposers, are linked together. These relationships make up the pond ecosystem. Healthy ecosystems can rebound readily from natural disturbances and human activities. If the ecosystem is unhealthy, when an undesirable situation attacks the pond, it more often than not gains a foothold - rapidly reproducing and dominating the area. This reality has a severe negative impact on the delicate balance of the impacted ecosystem. Our goal is to help manage the pond ecosystem, as well as the aesthetic appearance of your pond. With the proper plan, problems can be more easily handled and often times prevented. Adding time and patience, to a properly designed plan, yields a successfully managed pond.
Proper planning also yields financial benefits. Many studies have shown that as a pond’s water quality declines, the related property value decreases. This situation is an example of the relationship between the environment and economics that is often difficult to quantify. Simply stated, people are willing to pay more for homes/property with a pond that has high water quality. This can be a double-edged sword in that excellent water quality of larger ponds increases the demand for real estate development. Unless development around a pond occurs in a responsible manner, the very qualities that make a pond desirable in the first place will be degraded. The message here is that responsible, proactive stewardship and conservation practices translate into increased property values for pond owners.
In summary, every pond is either an asset or liability to its owner. Proactive pond management maximizes the value of your pond asset. Our goal in developing your pond management plan (the prescription) is to ensure the natural aging process of a new pond never starts, or reverses back to day one, in the case of an existing pond. Implementation is always accomplished without bio-accumulating chemicals!