So you’ve decided to dredge your pond and you’ve started to look around for companies to handle this for you.
Pond dredging can be a very disruptive process, and if done incorrectly it can cost you a lot more than just money.
So what should you look for when attempting to dredge your pond?
Here are 3 tips to help you successfully dredge your pond.
Dredging may seem destructive, but it’s actually the opposite. In fact, if you don’t dredge your pond, you’re causing more damage just by leaving it alone. Most government agencies to keep your pond healthy and vibrant:
“Dredging: Even if you do everything right, the nature of a pond’s life cycle is to fill up with sediment, becoming more marsh-like and eventually becoming a woodland. You must break the natural cycle to keep your pond a pond.”
Just like any complicated piece of machinery, a pond has many complicated components that keep it working as it should. If you don’t maintain it, eventually parts break down. In the case of a pond, allowing overgrowth or stagnation can be deadly.
Dredge Deep Enough for Fish to Thrive
If you’re pond has fish, or you’re planning to stock the pond, not dredging can prove fatal to marine life. As you’ve read in our post about how dredging helps to promote a healthy body of water, the circle of life is fragile, and small changes in a pond can be devastating.
Light only penetrates the first few feet of water. If your pond is shallow, this will likely mean plant growth, especially water weeds, will thrive. This is an excellent way to kill fish. If you’re looking to control this growth, there’s no better way than dredging.
“The removal of pond bottom sediments is a very effective way to control rooted
waterweeds in shallow ponds. Dredging reduces waterweed problems directly by
removing the weeds, bottom sediments, and their associated nutrients.”
It’s recommended that you dredge your pond to a depth of at least 15 feet, but getting as deep as 25 feet would be even better. This removes the ability for water weeds to grow, and provides ample room for oxygen-rich water that fish need to survive. Ensure when you’re hiring a dredging company that they’re going deep enough to support marine life and eliminate weeds if that’s your goal.
Draining the Pond may not Work
Not all dredging is created equal. The type of dredging you require really depends on the problems you’re looking to solve. Draining a pond and bringing in heavy equipment to do the dredging will be extremely disruptive to any life within the area.
Our dredging techniques are designed to be environmentally friendly and provide as little disruption as possible.
There are many different types of dredging, but one of the more common methods is to drain the entire body of water. It works well in some scenarios, but it may not be the right technique for you.
“Although the term “dredge” implies working underwater, ponds are usually drained prior to “dredging” when possible… Once the pond is drained, sediments are removed with earth moving equipment. Depending on the size of the pond and whether it is connected to a stream, one or more permits may be necessary to do this.”
When looking for a company to help with dredging, look into the techniques they use. Draining the water pool is very common as many companies don’t have the specialized tools to do the job underwater. It’s important you look at how the work will be completed, because the service the company provides will impact how quickly the pond recovers.
Dredging is just Step One
Lastly, dredging may temporarily solve your problem, but depending on the issues you’re facing, the problems can reoccur very quickly if the cause isn’t dealt with as well.
If you’re facing overgrowth and algae in your pond, dredging may be able to solve the issues for a year or two, but if you’re not controlling the sediment and nutrients entering the pond, you’ll be dredging again before you know it.
“However, if you are not controlling the nutrients entering your pond in the source water by implementing good riparian buffers, your algae problems will return even if you dredge.”
Every pond has unique challenges and obstacles to maintaining a healthy biosystem. If you’re aiming to remove overgrowth, dredging will remove the nutrients and create depth for a limited period of time.
However, as you’ve read in the first point, nature will find a way to continually erode your pond if you don’t control the inflow.
If you’re looking for dredging solution, ensure it’s a complete solution, and not just a bandaid or you’ll be dredging a lot more often that you’d like to.
These are just a few tips to help you achieve a healthy pond. Dredging is a complex process with a lot of variables. Whether you’re looking to find maintenace solutions before your pond spoils, or you’ve already got an issue, contact us to find a solution that works for your eco-system and needs.
Contact us at (864) 848-1312 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any dredging questions or quotes.
Also published on Medium.