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Hands Free Management

It’s a big job to handle all that goes into your lake or pond. Luckily, we’re up for the challenge. Yes, it’s a place of sandcastles, swan-dives and sunbathing. But it’s also a place of expert scientific methodology. Our team is passionate about keeping your paradise exactly as you want it, so all you have to worry about is creating life-long memories.

Here are a few of our most common questions we take your dream of a lake home made real through modern technology:

What is Integrated Pond Management?
Why is it so popular?
Who uses this program?
What are the typical concerns once my pond is built?
How does the program work?
How much does it cost?
What are the key benefits?
Sounds awesome! So, now what?


What is Integrated Pond Management?

Integrated Pond Management (IPM) is a concept relating to Integrated Pest Management strategies. In our case, the “pest” is generally nuisance aquatic growth such as aquatic plants and algae. This type of pest control program utilizes a variety of complementary strategies including cultural management, change in environment, chemical management, and others.

These methods are performed in three stages: prevention, observation, and intervention. It is an ecological approach with a main goal of significantly reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides while at the same time managing pest populations at an acceptable level.


Why is it so popular?

This service continues to gain popularity with our customers and has resulted in faster growth of our pond management team than any other department.

  • WLPR biologist evaluates the lake or pond and develops a management plan specific to that body of water.
  • WLPR professionals will provide precise and timely applications of the various products.

Who uses this program?

Even though we have a diverse clientele that utilize this program, they all have the same common goal–to achieve the highest standard for their pond by improving water quality parameters and aesthetics while minimizing algaecide and herbicide dependency. It does not matter if the client is a private pond owner, corporate property manager, or a golf course superintendent; we customize the program to fit their needs.


What are the typical concerns once my pond is built?

Examples of typical lake and pond concerns causing high maintenance include:

  • Nuisance aquatic vegetation
  • Nuisance algal growth
  • Pond and lake odors
  • Poor water clarity
  • Shoreline erosion
  • Overpopulated fishery

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How does the program work?

The program is really considered “hands-free” management for the customer. We will develop a management or monitoring schedule outlining when and how often our biologist will be on-site. We will also provide a list and quantity of anticipated products and services that may be required to fulfill the customer’s realistic goals and expectations. We will regularly visit the site to monitor the pond or lakes condition; apply any necessary products; and perform any required services. At the conclusion of the season, we will evaluate our management efforts and results with the owner.


How much does this service cost?

Every pond or lake will require a customized plan since every site is different. Based on the customers input and the pond or lakes condition, we will provide recommendations and establish a maintenance budget for the season.

Mother Nature and the weather play a role in determining how much maintenance a lake or pond requires. Some years will require more or less maintenance than others. Since we cannot predict the weather, we may exceed or fall short of the budgeted amount. If requested we will obtain the customers approval if a budget extension is anticipated.


What are the Key Benefits?

  • The pond or lake is being managed and monitored by a professional pond or lake management specialist.
  • The customer has little or no maintenance and scheduling responsibilities.
  • The customer will save time and money having the proper products and services applied in a timely manner to their pond or lake.

Sounds awesome! So, now what?

If all of this is right up your alley, then the next step is to either get in touch with us or schedule a time for us to get together and review more details.

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