An integrated management approach means utilizing physical, chemical, and biological methods to address a pond problem. Physical methods might include redirecting surface runoff to limit nutrient inputs, aerating to improve oxygen concentrations, or applying dyes to limit light penetration, thereby reducing weed growth. Chemical methods may include application of algaecides and herbicides to kill weeds and algae, or application of polymers to tie up the phosphorus that contributes to weed and algae growth. Biological methods can be applications of beneficial bacteria and enzymes to digest muck and tie up nutrients, or planting aquatic plants and buffer strips to prevent erosion.
Cason & Associates offers three types of pond management programs to fit your individual needs. All pond programs are administered by trained, licensed, and insured professional aquatic applicators.
Our Pond Assistance Program is for the do-it-yourself pond owner. Upon request, one of our biologists will deliver the products that you need to manage your pond, instruct you in their proper use, and answer any questions that you may have. You will learn the proper dosing levels, what time intervals between applications need to be observed, and the proper products to use on the specific weeds and algae that might be plaguing your pond. We provide the professional grade products and the know how so your pond can be treated properly doing it yourself.
Our “On Call” Pond Management Program is a contracted service that allows the customer to request specific pond management services, such as weed and algae treatments, as they are needed. This program is for the do-it-yourself pond owner that sometimes needs an occasional treatment to keep the weeds and algae in check. A biologist will typically be able to perform the requested service within five business days or so.
Our Integrated Pond Management Program is a contracted service with regularly scheduled treatment intervals. Cason & Associates provides Integrated Pond Management Services (IPMS) that are specific to your pond. By scientifically analyzing your pond, we can create an integrated management plan that is unique to your pond’s needs. Our integrated pond management services use physical, chemical and biological methods to address the problems in your pond.
Services in the IPMS program include:
Ponds in the IPMS program are visited on a regular schedule by our professionally trained biologists, which typically occur on a monthly basis, but can be adjusted to more or less frequent visits depending on your pond’s needs. We have found that through an integrated management approach, our client’s ponds become less dependent on chemical treatments and experience fewer and less severe algae blooms and weed problems. By having your pond in our IPMS program, you can have peace of mind knowing your pond is being taken care of by professionals. Instead of you spending the time and energy working on your pond, relax and enjoy your pond!