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Managing Golf Course Ponds Without Traditional Herbicides

April 18th, 2019

AS SEEN IN Golf Course Management: Written by Benjamin Chen, Fisheries Biologist  Golf courses are picturesque with their landscaped green fairways and winding paths. While turf management is usually the first order of business for superintendents, lakes, ponds and water features aid in irrigation and help accentuate the beauty of the environment. Without proper management, however, […]

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Utilize Buffer Zones as a Preventative Pond Maintenance Tool

June 4th, 2018

Written by Industry Expert Daniel Hood, Wildlife & Fisheries Scientist I have always been a fan of Benjamin Franklin’s saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Lake and pond management is a perfect example of this advice; preventing water quality problems at their source is often the most effective measure to […]

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Are Cattails Good or Bad? How Can They Be Successfully Managed?

February 15th, 2018

Written by Industry Expert Kara Sliwoski, Aquatic Biologist & Territory Leader  Perhaps you’ve heard of or seen cattails before—they’re an iconic plant associated with many types of waterbodies. Interestingly, they have the potential to be both good and bad for a body of water. Maybe you are concerned about cattail growth in your own waterbody […]

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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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