Pay us now or pay us later. Just like lawns and home exteriors, bodies of water need routine maintenance. If you neglect your lake, pond or stormwater device you will eventually have to pay for repairs and the expense will be greater than regular maintenance. Furthermore, regular inspections and maintenance may be required by regulatory agencies to maintain legal compliance. When you accept our Annual Preventive Management Service we do everything necessary to achieve your objectives for the property and make sure you are compliant with the law. All you do is enjoy your lake or pond!
Ponds are much more valuable to property owners now than they used to be when they were out of sight, down at the bottom of a field and much of the management was provided by government agencies. More often than not ponds now are amenities to be enjoyed by individual property owners, homeowner associations and commercial property visitors. Government agencies no longer design, help pay for construction and stock fish in privately owned lakes and ponds. That old farm pond at the bottom of a field may be surrounded by homes and serving a stormwater management function now. Fish for stocking the pond must be purchased. The dam is the responsibility of the owner and he may be responsible for damage downhill if it fails or leaks.
I started one of the first private pond management companies in the country in 1983. There are several around now, but not a lot. Most people do not know what to look for when maintaining a pond and few people have access to the necessary tools. A lake or pond is an incredibly complex ecosystem. Our staff is extremely educated, experienced and we are constantly trying out new products and researching new techniques. We strongly believe that we need to be able to do anything and provide everything necessary to manage and maintain any lake, pond or stormwater device belonging to our customers and clients.
Very few other companies do it all. Some may just spray weeds. Some may just stock fish. Some may just do inspections. Some may just do construction and repairs. Some may just provide enhancements such as fountains and docks. We do it all. That is why we feel it is important to concentrate on North Carolina and adjacent areas. After all these years we are confident “We Do North Carolina Best”.
We offer free assessments and you should take advantage of that. We will visit your lake, pond or stormwater device and make all kinds of observations. After we determine your objectives, we will prepare a proposal for the Annual Preventive Maintenance Service. We are very flexible and the service takes many different forms. We can do as much or as little as you want. We can provide you with products to do some of it yourself. We can monitor your results and provide advice.
For example a stormwater pond and a recreation pond may have very different characteristics and management strategies. A stormwater device (or BMP, which stands for best management practice) may have to be inspected monthly with an annual inspection by a licensed engineer. Fishing may not be allowed but we usually add at least some minnows to control insects such as mosquitoes. Vegetation management is critical and mandatory. We may plant some, kill some and stock some sterile grass carp for long term weed control. Bare ground on the banks or dam may need reseeding. Trees and brush are not allowed on the dam. Erosion controls must be maintained and repaired. The drain system must be clean and functional. Sediment deposits need to be dredged when they become excessive.
A recreational pond may only need 4 visits per year and monitoring the fish population and making adjustments is very important. We may sample with electro-fishing, add habitat, install a fish feeder or build a swim platform. Attractive native shoreline plants may be planted to reduce shoreline wind wave erosion. Every now and then we get the really fun one where we are told “I want the best fishing possible and I don’t care how much it costs!”
Now is a great time to get us to visit and prepare a proposal for you. Please call us or email us and we will make it happen!