Creating a Golf Course Pond or Lake

Lake design is a big part of a golf course. Most golf projects include a significant amount of water features for reasons ranging from the need to generate dirt to providing enhanced aesthetic value. The key when designing a course is to attempt to balance these interests in a way that provides the maximum benefit throughout the life of the project. Read more

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More to Fountains Than You Think

You are in the park walking past a pond when you notice the fountain in the center of the water. You admire the water being thrown into the sky in an appealing shape. But, little did you know, that fountain wasn’t just there for looks. Surface fountains are one form of water aeration that prevents algae and unhealthy water. This oxygenation process comes in many forms, so does the shape of the fountain really matter?

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Surface Aeration and Fountains

Algae, the growing nuisance of bodies of water. Whether it’s a pond or lake, any sized water is at threat. Algae flourishes in water lacking oxygen. Aerating water maintains beneficial levels of dissolved oxygen, which eliminates excess nutrients through oxidation and aerobic digestion thus limiting the available “food source” for algae to consume.

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Avoiding “Black Layer”

A problem not often identified as a water quality issue is “Black Layer” or “Black Root Zone.” Irrigation using lake water with a high concentration of suspended matter will eventually cause a build up within the surface layer of greens and tees. Sediments can also be pulled into the irrigation system if suction lines are located too close to the lake bottom. Read more

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Gravel and the Ecosystem

Over the years, landscape ponds have been constructed with a variety of materials. Some are made out of concrete, while others use pre-form shapes or exposed liner. One of the main reasons we advise the use of gravel is because it plays an all-important role by providing a natural habitat for beneficial microorganisms. It’s also a cost-effective way to cover the liner and enhance the ecosystem. Read more

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