Rural landowners with ponds on their properties love their ponds and spend a lot of time grooming them; mowing the grass around the pond’s edge and clearing debris and unsightly plant material from the water.  Yet still, here at Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), we hear from landowners about excessive algae growth and unsuccessful fish stocking in their ponds.

To understand this, we need only look to Mother Nature who does not necessarily take neat and tidy care of her ponds and wetlands.  When left alone, wilderness ponds teem with vegetation and have clean water with healthy habitat for wildlife to thrive.

Growing native vegetation in and around your pond is vital to maintaining water quality, wildlife habitat and the overall aesthetic value of your pond.

Trees and shrubs along the shoreline create shade and provide more optimal temperatures for fish to thrive.  Vegetation growing at the water’s edge provides food for animals and shelter for frogs, insects and birds.  These “greens” also help reduce pollutants, such as road salt, goose droppings and fertilizer from running into your pond. This means cleaner water, free of excess algae growth.  Floating and underwater plant life that grows in the deeper areas of the pond provides basking spots for insects and turtles, food for ducks and shade for fish.

A naturalized pond is a healthy pond. It offers opportunities for native aquatic flowers and other unique plants to thrive.  With a variety of heights, textures and colours they can provide high aesthetic value to your property.

This summer, CVC will be adding aquatic plants to its naturalization services. Our aquatic specialists will assess your pond, develop a planting plan based on your needs and actually plant the aquatic plants for you during the months of July and August.

Learn more at our upcoming Natural Pond Management Workshop. CVC invites rural landowners to a workshop on May 4, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Monora Park Pavilion, 500 Monora Park Drive. CVC’s aquatic specialists will provide helpful tips on enhancing private ponds and the local environment.

Workshop attendees will learn the basics of pond ecology, learn how to naturalize their pond for improved water quality and enhanced wildlife habitat, and participate in a guided walk to the MonoraPark pond.

The cost of the workshop is $15 per person, which includes a copy of the Natural Pond Management Handbook, refreshments and an opportunity to purchase aquatic plants.

Register by May 1 at www.creditvalleyca.ca/events or by calling 1-800-668-5557 ext. 436. Workshop participants are asked to dress for the weather.

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