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Pond Pruning Gets Underway in 2023

The next phase in KICA’s ongoing pond pruning project is on track to continue this year. With this project, which started initially in 2019, the Lakes Management team is focusing on cutting back overgrowth at pond edges and restoring sunlight to the pond banks. The increased sunlight promotes grassy growth that helps to filter runoff and control erosion far better than overgrown shrubs.

This work is done carefully by an experienced arborist, who specializes in lifting canopies and doing proactive trimming in an aesthetically pleasing way. Debris in the ponds will be removed, as well as plants and limbs at a 45° angle or less to a pond’s surface (those items that will fall in and become debris in the future). Afterward, the surrounding area is strategically opened to sunlight and airflow.

Sunlight improves pond health by creating the conditions for better oxygenation and helps restore the community of beneficial bacteria to the pond. Airflow reduces stagnation and circulates oxygen throughout the pond, resulting in more efficient breakdown of the leaf debris that does reach the pond. These healthy actions help to prevent several undesirable outcomes: algal growth and fish kills, among others. The newly-pruned pond edges not only allow members to enjoy the sight but also invite back wading birds, like egrets and herons. Increasing the wildlife benefit is a cascade effect, where more activity equals increasingly healthier ponds.

For 2023, the project will include work in the following ponds:

  • Ponds 38 and 39 – Located between Turtle Cove Villas and Tennis Club Villas

  • Pond 70 – Located between Sawgrass Lane and Sweetgum Lane

Work is expected to begin on 04/03/2023, and last for 5-6 days at each site. Members living on ponds selected for pruning in 2023 will be notified. The work will be done with hand crews, chainsaws, boats, a mini bobcat and a wood chipper and chip truck. Work should last about three days, and is weather-dependent. KICA’s contractor will be working within normal commercial hours. If you have questions or concerns about this project, you may reach KICA project manager and Lakes Management Department supervisor Matt Hill at (843) 768-2315 or [email protected].

For a more in-depth look at the process and outcome, view this article.