We’ve all heard this saying and it is so true when it comes to pond management. As is normally the case, the cost and time it takes to prevent problems is far less than the cost and time it takes to fix a problem once it has occurred. So, how does this apply to pond management? There are several proactive steps you can take for the health and beauty of your pond:
- Regularly add beneficial bacteria and enzymes to the water
- Install an aeration system that is properly designed for your pond
- Treat problem weeds and algae before they reach nuisance levels
Following these steps can often prevent problematic conditions such as algae blooms, high nutrient loads and poor water quality / poor water clarity.
Did you know that Cason & Associates, LLC offers a Pond Assistance Program specifically designed for the do-it-yourself pond owner? We have the tools, products and expertise to teach you how to manage your pond yourself. We can meet with you right at your pond, discuss the problems you are experiencing with your pond and then show you exactly how you can take care of it yourself.
With the uncertainty of today’s economy, it’s more important than ever to get the most for every dollar you spend on your pond. It is understandable for pond owners to want to manage their pond themselves. However, sometimes the management approach that is chosen is based on poor or inaccurate information. It is very frustrating to spend money only to find you have not achieved the results you were looking for. Poor or inaccurate information can lead to:
- Applying products at an incorrect rate – either too little or too much
- Aeration systems that are not sized properly for the pond
- Purchasing and using the wrong product due to misidentification of the target species
So how can you find good, accurate information to prevent spending money on products and/or equipment that will not produce the result you are looking for? By scheduling a Pond Management Consultation with one of the biologists at Cason & Associates, LLC. He will talk with you about the problems or concerns you have, take a look at the pond to gather specific details, observe the environment around the pond and any other notable conditions. From there, the biologist will use all of this information and data to develop a science-based management approach to fit your budget. Management approaches can range from plans for the do-it-yourself pond owner, to integrated pond management service programs in which we visit the ponds on a set schedule and perform the necessary services to keep the water body healthy and looking beautiful.
Consultations are, by far, the most popular pond management service Cason & Associates offers. Many of our clients have told us spending money on a consultation is the best investment they have made in their ponds. The fee for a pond management consultations is $90 per hour including the travel time to and from your location. The average consultation takes 1 to 2 hours on-site. Call today to schedule a pond management consultation for your pond – 877-309-8408.
Article originally published in the Cason & Associates July 2009 newsletter..