Aquatic plants growing in a pond can quickly get out of hand as the temperature warms up during the spring every year. A pond mostly covered with overly exuberant vegetation is not only a nuisance to pond owners, but can also be detrimental to life in the pond and negatively affect the pond’s entire ecosystem. The invasive aquatic plant, Trapa bispinosa, has been discovered in Loudoun County (fall 2021). Be on the lookout and report it. Click button below.
Many established landscapes that were once sunny and full of lush turf grass are now 90 to 100% shaded due to mature tree growth. The shade may present an erosion problem in the landscape due to stormwater runoff where the grass no longer grows and the landscape is sloped. In some cases the water pools and is stagnant for days.
Stream banks can suffer erosion and streams may carry pollutants from surrounding landscapes down through the watershed.
Virginia Cooperative Extension Loudoun County Master Gardener Water and Tree Stewards can come out to visit your property to assess your pond, soil erosion or stream bank area. We take photos, plant samples and survey the surrounding landscape. Our goal is to provide property owners a set of options so they may choose those best fitting their objectives to maintain their landscape and a healthy ecosystem. The team was instrumental in uncovering the presence of Trapa bispinosa in Loudoun from our outreach education.
Site Assessments in Loudoun County are now closed. Please check back in March 2023 for opening dates.
You will get a detailed report within 2 weeks after the site visit.
Thank you for your interest in keeping our watershed healthy. We are only able to facilitate assessments within the County of Loudoun.