Friday, July 29, 2016

Stopping Pond Leaks with Bentonite Clay

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Bentonite Clay
When building a pond, there are a few ways to line it. Most people use a liner, but don’t know that bentonite clay works well and can be less expensive than a liner. Bentonite clay is a natural absorbent aluminum phyllosilicate clay that was originally found in Rock River, Wyoming. It can be used as the entire liner, or it can be used to cover leaks when ordered on a pallet. Bentonite clay can expand up to 10 times its size when it gets wet like a blood clot. It acts like a blanket for the pond. If you aren’t sure how much to use, it’s better to be safe and put more down than not enough. However, it is very expensive to ship.
If you choose to use bentonite clay, you will need to line it before you add water. But if not tilled into the soil may not work to seal the entire pond. This pond still needs water added by a well pump daily.
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If not, the clay will mix with the water leaving your pond looking very milky before it settles like in the below picture. Not only will it look milky, if anyone were to go swimming, but the clay would also stick to your skin making it look like you have a serious sunburn until it dried and flaked off.
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It works best in places that have a more sandy soil.
Below is a ratio chart from texasbentonite.com.
PRIMARY SOIL TYPE       AMOUNT OF POND SEALANT REQUIRED
Clay Soil                                 1.0 to 1.5 lbs per sq ft
Sandy Silt                               20% Clay Min 2.0 to 2.5 lbs per sq ft
Silty Sand                               3.0 to 3.5 lbs per sq ft
Clean Sand                            4.0 to 4.5 lbs per sq ft
Rock Or Gravel                      5.0 to 6.0 lbs per sq ft


Not only is bentonite clay good for ponds, but it’s also great for skin! It has been used for bug bites, chicken pox, dry skin, and it has even been used as a mouthwash.

Taking care of your lake or pond is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. As your local pond management professionals, let us guide you to your healthy pond or lake in the Charlotte NC, Asheville NC, and Greenville SC areas.





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Thursday, July 28, 2016

What is this in my pond? Bryozoan - Phylactolaemata?

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Bryozoan - Phylactolaemata
Have you ever been to a lake or pond that had a gelatinous mass like the one in the picture above? That’s a great sign! It means you have a healthy ecosystem. Bryozoans are small animals that live together in colonies. This is a freshwater bryozoan in the Phylactolaemata class. There is an abundance of them in general, but some species are considered rare.
Physical characteristics
Freshwater bryozoans look like masses that can come in different sizes. Most are on the bigger side. They are neutral in color, and most have the same design. Other than exact shape, most look like the bryozoan in the picture above.
Habitat
You can find freshwater bryozoans by (or in the shallow parts of) lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. They attach themselves to anything stable; rocks, tires, plastic, wood, etc.
Feeding and diet
Phylactolaemata bryozoans are not picky when it comes to food. They will eat anything that isn’t too big or active. They like a variety of plankton.
Should they matter to humans?
Yes! They contribute to nutrient cycling. They can be food for fish and some invertebrates. On the other hand, they matter because they can get into pipelines and filters and block whatever you have going through.
Taking care of your lake or pond is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. As your local pond management professionals, let us guide you to your healthy pond or lake in the Charlotte NC, Asheville NC, and Greenville SC areas.



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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Golf Course Pond Management

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Golf Pond Management
Golf course ponds in Charlotte, NC can be much more difficult than private or public ponds. Well-managed ponds add to the aesthetic quality of the course along with supporting irrigation and supplying drainage basins. Ponds need continuous maintenance, upkeep, etc. Golf course ponds are meant to be part of a game and can make or break a course.
If your pond is filled with algae and aquatic weeds, has weeds and tall grass, or isn’t kept up with, your customers might start looking for another course. Who would choose an overrun course over a nice, clean course? It might not even be because it looks bad or is distracting, but because they could more easily lose a ball if the outside of the pond looks like a jungle. Occasionally, chemicals can't be used to treat the algae because some ponds might use their water for irrigation.
Another way golf courses are more complex is that fertilizer can mess up the nutrients in the pond. If it's not kept up, it can increase the nutrients.
If you try to cheat your pond by only fighting the problem once it has occurred, you will end up paying way more than you would have by investing in a solution. The best way to care for your pond is to be proactive. If you try to brush off water quality issues, it will result in more harmful and/or toxic algae blooms, aquatic weeds, algae, and possibly a loss of customers. It is not worth your time or money. Invest in a solution.
Pro tip- Add beneficial pond bacteria to your pond to help maintain the correct balance for a healthy ecosystem.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Do You Know How To Protect Your Pond?

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Pond Protection
When you own something of high value and importance, you want to take care of it. Would you invest in a swimming pool and only clean it, add a pump, or add chemicals to it once the pool was over run with algae? Or would you not get an oil change in your car until it broke down resulting in having to buy a brand new car? I don’t think so! Ponds and lakes are the same way. They need continual maintenance to thrive. So how do you protect your pond? Here are a few ways.
Cleaning trash in and around your lake or pond. This one is pretty obvious, but trash can cause real damage if it clogs pipes and creates flooding.
Repairing flood damage and erosion caused by a clogged outfall. This could become costly if left ignored. We recommend calling us immediately if you notice flood damage or erosion.
Get some type of aeration system. This is very important.  We recommend aeration systems.  Sub-surface aeration serves to provide supplemental oxygenation and can reduce the thermal stratification.  If you get your fountains and aeration systems checked often (recommended monthly), it helps them to run longer.
Building buffers can help. They can help prevent erosion, and can help stop litter and trash from getting into the pond.
Good record keeping can help the system to stay more balanced.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Invasive Species - Are They As Bad As They Seem?

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Invasive Species
An invasive species is “a plant, fungus, or animal species that is not native to a specific location (an introduced species), and which has a tendency to spread to a degree believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy or human health.” Invasive species can be found anywhere.
Most invasive species tend to have the same characteristics making them competitive. The first characteristic is most are aggressive in their growth. They grow at a rapid rate while also spreading quickly as well. The second is they are very difficult to control. It’s best to start getting rid of them before they start or as soon as you notice. The third is not only are they difficult to control, but there are very few natural controls that work to help get rid of invasive species. And the fourth characteristic is they are adaptable. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were the other way around where the plants we wanted were easy grow? You can find invasive species pretty much anywhere.
Invasive species can steal sunlight from your plants and can overgrow your garden and land. They also affect more than just gardens; they affect our recreational activities. Have you ever been hiking but couldn’t get around some kudzu? Maybe you were out fishing, but you kept reeling in weeds? Management and control are very important to keep all of those things from happening. The process can be long, but it will be worth it!
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