The pond in your neighborhood has tremendous potential. It can serve as more than simply a reservoir for stormwater runoff. With proper care and management, your water body could serve a multitude of recreational and leisure purposes, as well as transform into a gorgeous water feature. A pond management company has the knowledge and the tools to improve the health of your pond rather than just dealing with it when things go wrong.
Choosing the right contractor is the key to creating a pond environment that serves your neighborhood well. Here are some questions to ask when researching pond management companies in Florida.
1. Do you have testimonials?
Any reputable service provider should be ready and willing to provide references for their work. Check their website for testimonials, but it also doesn't hurt to ask directly. Talking to a client who used to have problems similar to what you're dealing with and a pond of your size can be quite useful. You can get a great deal of insight from their experience. This type of first-hand recommendation can also provide you with peace of mind.
2. What types of certifications do you have?
Ask your potential pond management firm about any licensure or certifications they hold. You'll want to know whether they are licensed to apply aquatic herbicides as well as any particular specialties they might possess. If you have an algae issue or overgrowth of other nuisance plants, you'll need a provider who knows how to utilize herbicides safely.
3. What should I expect with regard to timelines and monitoring?
Don't be afraid to ask how long you should expect to wait for a report to be completed. Once your provider has completed this step, they should also be able to give you thorough information about their proposed management plan. In addition, you'll want to know how they plan to monitor your pond and when they will provide updates on its progress.
4. What sustainable methods do you use in pond management?
A quality pond management company should be able to provide you with more than just a blanket promise to keep your pond healthy. Ask them to talk to you about the specific strategies they use and whether these methods promote sustainability. Sustainable techniques include things like adding a fountain or other methods to aerate the water and reduce stagnation, removing invasive plants to allow beneficial ones to thrive, and edging the pond with native plants as a buffer against erosion.
5. Will you keep me updated about industry developments?
Pond management is an ever-changing industry. You'll want to be kept up-to-date on the latest developments, resources and laws so that your community can make the best and most-informed decisions regarding your water feature. Your provider should be able to at least point you in the direction of resources with this information.
These questions should help to lessen the overwhelm associated with choosing a quality pond management company. You now have a road map to help you find the company that's right for your community's needs.
At Crosscreek Environmental, we believe in providing a comprehensive, environmentally friendly approach in creating solutions to maintain the beauty and health of Florida's ponds, lakes, wetlands, and shorelines. We use the B.E.S.T.™ geo-tube solution and are one of the best geo-tube solution providers in the state of Florida.