The POA Ponds Committee recommends a natural vegetative buffer of 3-10 feet be created around or along the edges all ponds in St. James. This will result in improved water quality and prevent soil erosion. It will also reduce algae blooms. Restricting the flow of water to the pond will allow for the natural vegetation to absorb many of the nutrients that cause algae blooms (i.e. nitrogen and phosphorous).
For best results the Ponds Committee recommends you remove any installed turf grass and replace it with native vegetation that thrives in the wet or shallow water wet zone. In addition, secure pond-bank soils above the waterline with native perennials and shrubs. Please reference the Ponds Committee’s recommended plant list to help determine what will work for you.
Once created, a buffer zone may take one or more growing seasons to become established. Once established, a buffer zone with native plants will be low maintenance and provide a habitat for many insects, birds and cover for fish that eat mosquitos and their larva. Improvements in pond water quality will result along with erosion control as pond bank soils are contained by the stronger root systems of recommended plants. The long-term health and beauty of your pond depends on water quality and erosion control.
This Ponds Committee website provides the information you need to maintain the health and beauty of your pond. To receive additional help, contact any member of the committee for assistance .