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POND & NATIVE PLANTS

Pond Services and Pond Maintenance

Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Northern Illinois

FLOATING ISLANDS

Plantings can greatly enhance the wildlife habitat and aesthetic value of your pond or lakefront, in Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or Northern Illinois areas. However, not all plantings have to occur on the land, the shoreline or underwater. Floating islands provide aesthetic value, improve water quality and create habitat for birds, turtles, frogs, insects, fish and other wildlife to thrive.

Some popular uses of floating islands are:

  • Improving water quality and clarity

  • Reducing algae growth and planktonic blooms

  • Providing safe habitat for waterfowl

  • Creating foraging and habitat for fish

  • Combating mosquito activity

  • Creating habitat for pollinators and butterflies

  • Removing excess nutrients from the system

  • Shoreline stabilization

Floating islands can be designed in any shape you would like and planted with plants that target your specific goals - aesthetics, pollinators, butterflies, etc.

You may purchase floating islands and a planting plan from us, or we can install and plant the floating island for you. Cason & Associates uses and sells native, Wisconsin genotype plants that are grown in local nurseries, not harvested from the wild. We have found that tubers and plug stock, while less expensive initially, tend to have poor survival rates. Therefore, we have mature, fully rooted stock grown especially for our clients. In planting more mature plants, the beauty and function of your floating island is instantaneous.

NATIVE AQUATIC & SHORELINE PLANTINGS

Aquatic plants can greatly enhance the aesthetic value of your pond or lakefront, in Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or Northern Illinois areas. Did you know that they can provide many benefits to the ecological health of your lake or pond as well? Aquatic plants provide food and cover for birds and other wildlife. They also provide nursery and feeding areas for fish. Plants also tie up nutrients that may otherwise contribute to algae blooms. They filter runoff-born sediments and stabilize shorelines.

If you are a lakefront property owner, grant funding may be available to install rain gardens and native plant buffers on your property. These plantings improve lake water quality by slowing and filtering runoff before it flows into your lake. The nutrients in runoff can cause algal blooms, reduce water quality and clarity, impact fish and wildlife habitat, and degrade the overall lake ecosystem. We provide grant writing and submission services to help our clients afford to improve their shorelines.

For projects we plant, or if you would like to purchase plants from us, Cason & Associates provides native, Wisconsin genotype plants that are grown in local nurseries, not harvested from the wild. We have found that tubers and plug stock, while less expensive initially, tend to have poor survival. Therefore, we have mature, fully rooted stock grown especially for our clients.

We also seed native prairie and wet meadow plants around ponds for a natural pond environment. Click here to learn about our Terrestrial Plantings & Seeding.

NATIVE TERRESTRIAL PLANTINGS & SEEDING

Plantings can greatly enhance the aesthetic and wildlife values of your Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or Northern Illinois area property. Whether you plant around a waterbody or in a field, trees and prairie plants improve the ecological health of your property.

If you are planting around a waterbody, terrestrial plants provide important habitat for wildlife, filter runoff-born sediments, stabilize shorelines and tie up nutrients that would otherwise flow into the waterbody and contribute to algal blooms. If you are a lakefront property owner, grant funding may be available to install rain gardens and native plant buffers on your property. We provide grant writing and submission services to help our clients afford to improve their shorelines.

Non-water related terrestrial plantings, such as trees and prairies, provide critical habitat for wildlife, while also adding economic and aesthetic value to your property.

Cason & Associates, offers native planting and seeding services, as well as sales and delivery. Our plants and seed mixtures are all native species and are obtained from nurseries, not harvested from the wild. For Aquatic and Shoreline Plantings, click here.

TREES

We offer the following tree species.

Please contact us for current pricing and availability.

  • Aspen, Quaking (24"- 36")

  • Birch, River (36"- 48")

  • Cedar, White (36"- 48")

  • Cherry, Black (24"- 48")

  • Fir, Balsam (18"- 24")

  • Hemlock, Canadian (18"- 24")

  • Maple, Red (24"- 36")

  • Maple, Silver (24"- 36")

  • Maple, Sugar (24"- 36")

  • Oak, Burr (24"- 36")

  • Oak, Chinkapin (24"- 36")

  • Oak, Northern Red (24"- 36")

  • Oak, Pin (24"- 36")

  • Oak, Swamp White (24"- 36")

  • Oak, White (18"- 24")

  • Pine, Red (18"- 24")

  • Pine, White (24"- 36")

  • Spruce, White (24"- 36")

  • Sycamore (24"- 36")

  • Tamarack* (24"- 36")

  • Walnut, Black (36"- 48")

PRAIRIE PLANTS

We offer the following potted prairie wildflower species. Please contact us for current pricing and availability.

  • Butterfly Milkweed

  • New England Aster

  • Prairie Coreopsis

  • Purple Coneflower

  • Rosin Weed

  • Yellow Coneflower

We also offer native prairie seed mixes.

Grass seed mixes include:

  • Big Blue

  • Little Blue

  • Indian Grass

  • Gamma Grass

  • Porcupine Grass

Forb seed mixes include:

  • Leadplant

  • Lupine

  • Spiderwort

  • Rattlesnake Master

  • False Sunflower

  • Prairie Clover

Contact Us

Contact us to discuss a planting project for your property and for pricing and availability.