There are many benefits to having a pond on your property. A pond adds beauty to your property’s landscape, it reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides, and a pond creates environmental awareness for you and your family. It also attracts local plants and wildlife. Yet, your pond will deteriorate if you do not maintain it. Silt and sediment, algae outbreaks, and invasive aquatic weeds can turn your beautiful pond into a small swamp. Thankfully, dredging will prevent this from happening.
What is dredging?
Dredging involves removing a few feet of sediment and other organic material from the bottom of your pond to improve the water quality. It also increases the water’s oxygen level and eliminates any stale or foul odors. A small boat or barge with a large vacuum sucks muck up from the bottom of the pond. We can reuse the muck as a nutrient-dense organic fertilizer for flowers and plants.
Three Signs Your Pond Needs Dredging
It is best if you dredged your pond at least once a year. You may need to dredge your pond up to two times a year if your pond tends to fill up with a lot of organic debris like leaves and twigs. You should have your pond dredged if it has been more than a year. Your pond may still be in good condition, and the best way to maintain your pond is through dredging. Here are some signs your pond needs dredging:
• Shallow Water Level – The depth of your pond becomes shallow when organic debris and sediment build up at the bottom. It is a gradual build-up that you will not notice at first. When you see plants building up in the middle of your pond, it is time for dredging.
• Fewer Fish, More Plants – Shallow water causes a concentration of nutrients, which is great for plant life but unhealthy for fish and other aquatic wildlife. The concentration of nutrients increases the growth of plants and algae. Unfortunately, an increase in plants and algae means less oxygen for aquatic wildlife, and you will start to see fish and other wildlife die.
• Algae Outbreaks – Excessive plants inside your pond are not good, but excessive algae are worse. Not only are algae unsightly, but it also smells bad and is toxic to humans and aquatic wildlife. Blue-green algae blooms typically occur during the summer months, are difficult to identify in the water, and are highly toxic. The best way to prevent algae outbreaks is through dredging.
If you have a pond and are unsure if you need dredging services, contact Crosscreek Environmental Inc. We are a pond management company in Florida that works on hundreds of projects annually throughout the state. We will dredge your pond to help keep it looking clean and beautiful.
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.