Buffer Management

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Erosion & Beneficial Buffers: Like Sands Through the Hourglass

October 10th, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist It is often remarked upon how adept beavers are at creating their own aquatic habitat, but in my observation muskrats are nearly their equal in this regard. While beavers endeavor to turn every stream into a pond and every pond into a lake, muskrats seem intent on turning […]

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The Vectors of Invasive Phragmites Spread & Effective Control Methods

August 15th, 2017

Plants become classified as invasive species when they invade areas outside of their native range, upset the natural community they have invaded and cause considerable damage to either the ecology or economy of an area. Phragmites australis, or common reed, is a plant that most definitely meets all of these criteria. Native to Europe and […]

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Bank Erosion Control, the Importance of Buffer Zones and Buffer Plants

March 14th, 2017

Written by Industry Experts Brandon Tindley and Greg Blackham, Aquatic Specialists Have you seen the banks of your lake or pond slowly recede and retreat year after year? Have you noticed soil and silt deposits building up along the shoreline? Does the average water depth of your waterbody get shallower each year? The erosion you […]

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Protecting Your Shorelines Through Bank Stabilization

March 1st, 2016

Written by Industry Expert John M. Phelps, III, Environmental Scientist and Regional Director Water is the most powerful force on earth. Year after year, wet weather events cause property loss and result in significant remediation costs. Calm-water banks and shorelines around lakes, ponds and stormwater basins erode at a gentler rate than coastlines and river […]

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Pond Buffer Zones: Creation and Benefits

July 9th, 2015

AS SEEN IN North Carolina Turfgrass Magazine, May/June 2015: Written by Industry Expert David Ellison, Aquatic Biologist with SOLitude Lake Management Establishing buffer vegetation has long been known to help stabilize the shorelines of lakes and ponds. While ponds and lakes are often vital sources for irrigation and a challenge to the golfers, the idea […]

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Harnessing the Power of Beneficial Plants Around Your Pond

June 8th, 2015

AS SEEN IN The Golf Course Trades, June 2015: Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist, SOLitude Lake Management Keeping a golf course’s pond in a pristine and presentable state can often be challenging and a lot of work. Bank erosion, suspended sediment, nutrient runoff, wind-blown trash, and hordes of potentially destructive geese can easily […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Have a Beneficial Vegetative Buffer Around Your Pond

November 20th, 2014

Written by Industry Expert Kyle Finerfrock, Environmental Scientist Shoreline vegetative buffers surrounding a pond can be a great natural enhancement to the aquatic environment. Allowing a proper vegetative buffer to grow is a proactive way to increase the lifespan of your waterbody and help improve the overall health of your pond. • Buffer zones improve […]

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Pond Management: Winter Buffer Trimming and Brush Removal

November 12th, 2014

It is important to take a close look at the vegetative buffer zone that surrounds your waterbody as the winter season approaches. Buffer zones are often an overlooked aspect of pond management and the function of the buffer is significant to the overall health of the pond. When rain water drains through parking lots, streets […]

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Make Room for Monarchs: Add Milkweed To Your Vegetation Plan

May 22nd, 2014

Written by Ecologist, Gavin Ferris No insect is more iconic to North America than the Monarch Butterfly. School children collect caterpillars and keep them in their classrooms to watch them spin their chrysalises and transform into butterflies. Through a multi-generational migration, the adults travel from as far as New England to Mexico, where they overwinter […]

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Proper Buffer Management For Your Lakes And Ponds

July 19th, 2013

AS SEEN IN Commonwealth Crier, Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association, Summer 2013: Written by The experts at SOLitude Lake Management Maintaining dense beneficial vegetation around your lake or pond is extremely beneficial for improving water quality, preventing erosion and controlling nuisance geese. This area is commonly referred to as a buffer zone and it is recommended […]

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