Monday, June 30, 2014

Erosion Control is Essential for Health Local Ecosystem

As commercial buildings, suburban neighborhoods and other urban features move further out into areas where waterways, wetlands and preserves are common natural features, the need for erosion control to maintain and protect the environment becomes even more essential. Here at Lake Masters, we offer a variety of lake management solutions that will help maintain the integrity of water features as well as minimize erosion.

Erosion happens through a variety of natural processes such as water, wind and ice that loosen and remove soil and rock. Geological erosion involves soil removal as well as soil formation and distribution. Man-made erosion can heighten natural erosion and includes breakdown of soil aggregates and increased leeching of organic and mineral particles. Soil erosion that occurs at construction sites may be caused by clearing, grading or otherwise altering the land. When these activities occur, ongoing erosion control measures are required to help maintain land in a natural state.

Lake management controls such as buffer zones adjacent to water features can help maintain the quality of water in your immediate area. Sometimes these buffer zones can be riparian or flow-through wetlands that can help increase or maintain water infiltration rates. These areas can also help decrease of maintain runoff and the conveyance of pollutants to water resources in addition to minimizing soil erosion.

Erosion control within your local watershed is important because sediment that accumulates in channels, culverts and other water features can also undermine the ability of these waterways to convey storm water, thus undermining overall environmental stability.

Because every lake management situation is different, we utilize a variety of erosion controls to maintain the integrity of your water features. These controls can include littoral shelves, a type of wetland area located within a lake to improve water quality. Plants chosen for these areas are selected for their ability to reduce nutrient loads and contaminants produced by runoff. They also provide habitats for fish and waterfowl, thereby improving the ecosystem. Similarly, removal of invasive plant species that clog your local water shed will not only improve the aesthetics of the area, but also improve overall environmental health.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Weed and Lake Management is Essential for Golf Courses

Ponds are pleasing aesthetics that add beauty to golf courses as well as difficulty for players of the game. With the addition of each water feature on the course, however, superintendents needs to increase their aquatic weed control & lake management. Leaving this task to part-time summer help is not a wise investment as these workers often do not know proper techniques for lake weed control & management.

Employing Lake Masters Aquatic Weed Control, Inc., is a sound investment in the overall management of your golf course as we provide your environment with the proper balance of controls for your particular situation. Water features are breeding grounds for insects, algae and many other types of other bacteria. That's why it's important to budget money for proper lake weed control & management.

Elimination of algae and invasive plants such as duckweed improves the overall aesthetics of golf courses. Each course and each water feature is different, which is why our technicians will customize a treatment plan to fit your needs. Not only do the ponds and lakes we service make golf courses look better, they will also provide a more balanced ecosystem for wildlife.

Aquatic weed control & management is not all about applying herbicides to your water features. In fact, many of our clients are concerned about the effect that chemicals have on the total ecosystem. Lake Masters Aquatic Weed Control uses a variety of methods to mitigate weeds, including biological controls, nutrient limitation, aeration, littoral planting and stocking of various types of fish. Aquatic weed control & lake management also involves controlling the pH balance in the water. Ponds that have a high level of pH, between 8.0 and 9.0, are prone to low oxygen levels, while ponds with high levels have acidic water, producing different problems to remedy.