Ponds, Lakes & Water Gardens

working with water in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire since 1980

Large pond & Lake maintenance

We maintain lakes and large ponds in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire.

Lake silt removal and large pond clean out works

We undertake silt removal, silt dredging and silt clean-out works in lakes and large ponds both natural and artificial. We are adept at minimising the impact of silt removal on the environment and its attendant fauna and flora. In very sensitive areas we use our custom-designed and extremely garden-friendly silt pumping machinery. Elsewhere specialist excavators are employed (floating, long reach, etc) as dictated by the site, quantities, disposal and handling requirements.

Silt surveys are usually required to determine the type and quantity of silt to be removed.

Plant management

Invasive native and some introduced species of plant can become injurious to the overall health of a lake or large pond. Remedial action should be taken at the earliest opportunity; the problem, if ignored, will only become more acute.

We are not keen exponents of chemical (herbicide) solutions to aquatic plant-related problems. More often than not, such treatments address the symptom only and not the underlying cause. Instead, we prefer to go back to basics to achieve a healthy long-term functioning ecosystem, whilst at the same time removing/depleting the invasive species by natural, mechanical, manual or other means.

We work on aquatic plants, emergent species (marginal plants) and bog plants - if it grows in water (even if it is only the tips of its toes) we can deal with it.

Water quality management

Water quality management is of prime importance to the health of an aquatic feature. The larger the lake, the more likely that the water quality will be stable once established. Water quality is a key issue to be considered at each and every stage of any works in or around water. Plants in and around the lake are essential to maintain water quality and provide sustainable habitat.

Poor water quality encourages unsightly duckweed or blooms of algae both filamentous (blanket weed) and single cell (coloured water).

Where the ecosystem of a lake or large pond is being stressed by, say, feeding fish or duck, some remedial action or intervention is indicated to establish and maintain acceptable water quality.

If you haven't already done so, please see an overview of our maintenance service for more information.