Author Archives: Johnny Foster

Iron Stains from Pond Water Irrigation

I’ve been asked for information about removing iron from your pond water being used for irrigation. We have dealt with this problem many times during our 31 years in business. Rust from oxidized iron in irrigation water can stain driveways, … Continue reading

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Pond Weed Control by Mechanical Harvesting: Advantages and Disadvantages

Although it is often exhausting, messy and frustrating, mechanical harvesting of aquatic weeds and algae has its place in lake, pond and stormwater device management. Mechanical harvesting can range from dipping filamentous algae with a net to large barges equipped … Continue reading

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Property Managers Shouldn’t Limit Tools Available to Lake and Pond Managers

Property managers are extremely important to Foster Lake & Pond Management. Most of our business comes from them. Personally, I couldn’t do the work. They only hear complaints and often the people complaining have self-serving objectives that conflict with whatever … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Fountains Get Damaged During Freezing Weather

Be sure to either leave your fountain running 24 hours per day or don’t let it run at all until the weather moderates. This ridiculously cold weather will cause most lakes, ponds and stormwater devices in North Carolina to freeze … Continue reading

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I Am So Very Thankful!

For God’s blessings that make everything else that I’m thankful for possible. For loved ones that are truly good, well-adjusted people. For Foster Lake & Pond Management team members who are honest, committed, hard-working people that act and feel like … Continue reading

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What is that Surface Scum on my Pond? Cyanobacteria… What?!

  Until recently, this surface film was considered a form of “blue-green algae”. We now know that there is no such thing as “blue-green algae”. Blue-green algae are actually classified as bacteria and are correctly called cyanobacteria. As bacteria, they … Continue reading

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Hot Summer Fish Stocking can be Risky

  It is happening again. Customers call or stop by wanting fish for stocking into their ponds and we have to tell them we are sorry. Perhaps they want sterile grass carp to eat nuisance vegetation. Some have lost fish … Continue reading

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Six Beneficial Shoreline Plants for North Carolina Lakes and Ponds

  Gone are the days when property owners expect a lake, pond or stormwater device to have absolutely no plants. Aquatic plants can be very beneficial environmentally. They remove excess nutrients from the water, provide habitat for all kinds of … Continue reading

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I Believe Floating Plant Rafts will Revolutionize Stormwater Management

  The concept of floating plant rafts reducing nutrients in stormwater intrigues me. The floating rafts can be planted with a huge variety of different plants. The plants do not have contact with soil, so they must get all of … Continue reading

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Tempering Your Fish Before Stocking Your Pond

  Don’t just dump fish you have purchased into your lake or pond. Water is the complete environment fish live in and water from different sources is different. If the water temperature or chemistry is significantly different, you make shock … Continue reading

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