Often, lake and pond issues start on land. Stormwater runoff from the rain accumulates a large amount of nutrients, like phosphorus and nitrogen, before it drains into pond. This may lead to issues with poor water quality such as foul odor and algae blooms.
With an established vegetative buffer surrounding your lake or pond, it will help filter these harmful nutrients, and it will also provide shoreline stability to help prevent erosion. Reducing the inflow of sediment into your lake or pond with a properly maintained buffer will help prolong and sometimes prevent the need of future dredging.
In addition, a vegetative buffer will create a perfect habitat for natural predators, like dragonflies, that feed on mosquitoes and their larvae, leading to improved mosquito control around your waterbody. Buffers can also be a great deterrent to Canada Geese and prevent them from becoming full time tenants on your property.