To avoid serious drainage issues, and to ensure that your retention pond is functioning properly, we recommend regular maintenance by experienced professionals. There are often state and local regulations that must be adhered to when dealing with wet ponds/storm water basins.
These ponds provide two key services to the environment. First, they assist with flood management. And secondly, by improving water quality. It is estimated that a properly functioning retention pond can remove up to 80% of certain pollutants, chemicals and debris from the water before it enters nearby streams, and eventually, the water supply.
Regular inspections for pests and erosion are recommended. Buffer areas must be mowed regularly. Sedimentation, debris and excess algae should be removed periodically.
Regular treatments with aquatic algaecides and dyes may be necessary for maintaining a healthy detention or retention pond. As algae blooms and dies off, it sinks to the bottom of the pond and builds up as decomposing organic muck. This muck increases nitrogen levels in the pond and increases the likelihood of more algae blooms.
Sun light causes much of the algae on the pond floor to grown and flourish. Aquatic dyes help reduce UV light in the water and aid in the prevention of algae.
Breaking this cycle and preventing algae blooms is key to a healthy pond.
At Autumn Hill, our experts are trained to maintain your retention ponds to avoid serious erosion and drainage issues.
Questions? Give us a call.
Bare patches on your lawn could be caused by drought or lack of fertilizer. But it also could be grubs. Grubs aren’t just ugly to look at – they can damage or devastate your lawn quickly.
Lawn grubs are small, worm-looking larvae growing in soil. Because grubs live and grown underground, you often don’t know you have a problem until it’s too late. One way to tell – if you see flocks of birds feeding on your bare patches of lawn. The eggs live in the soil, hatching into white grubs in early spring. During this period, they are feeding on your grass roots. In summer, the adults appear. They then mate, and start the process all over again, laying eggs in the soil.
In our area, the most common type of grubs hatch into Japanese beetles. Grubs attack your lawn, but the adults eat ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers. Beetles are most apparent during June and the first two weeks of July. Most of the damage they do occurs in August early September.
The best way to control Japanese beetles and prevent major damage to your lawn and landscaping is to proactively guard against them. We recommend preventative treatments applied now.
By treating your lawn now, we can prevent grub damage this fall and the following spring.
We also offer a program to trap and kill Japanese beetles, for those who currently have an infestation problem.
Want more information? Call us. We’ll put our team of experts to work for you.
Traditionally, 25th anniversaries are called “silver.” But for one Bucks County-based company, the only color that counts is “green” – as in beautiful green lawns, trees and more. Autumn Hill Landscape Management has been providing imaginative, cost-effective landscaping and ground maintenance services to companies and residential developments throughout the tri-state area since 1991.
Appropriately, 1991 was the year the Energizer bunny was introduced. And, like that famous rabbit, Autumn Hill keeps on going and going. Started by Chuck Mohn and his brother Steve, the company is named for a Lancaster County farm that Steve once owned. Their original plan was to focus their landscaping business in the areas near Steve’s farm. But as more work came from Bucks County, Chuck bought out his brother’s share of the company and became sole owner of the young – but thriving – Autumn Hill.
The first year of business, the company mainly did residential work – landscaping, mowing, tree removals and pruning. In 1992, they received their first commercial customer – a 96-acre community in Elkins Park. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Autumn Hill team of experienced, professional, uniformed employees provides such diverse services as mowing, pruning and mulch installation to wetlands reclamation, custom hardscaping and irrigation systems. A full list of their services can be found on their website.
A lot has changed in 25 years of landscaping. Mohn says that Home Owner Associations and Community Parks have been turning from big national companies to smaller, local companies such as Autumn Hill to handle their landscaping needs.
Autumn Hill has earned a solid reputation as a reliable, dependable company offering superior customer service and satisfaction. They pride themselves on keeping the lines of communication open – and also offer 24-hour emergency service. These are just a few of the reasons why they have such a high client retention rate, and why so much of their business comes from referrals.
To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Autumn Hill has updated their logo, colors and website. Give them a call 215-497-9577 (toll-free: 888.416.8524).
By Kate Galbraith
Published: June 12, 2011
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