This page contains information regarding the lakes and landscaping for Jacaranda West Homeowners’ Association #1, Inc. (Jacaranda).
CLICK HERE to read the guidelines for the care of our ponds, lawns and landscaping.
Benefits of Native Aquatic Plants
This information was presented by Aquatic Systems on August 10, 2018. It covers:
– Common native and beneficial aquatic plants in Florida
– Why they are important in protecting the ponds
– Their benefit to the wildlife (very brief)
– What the best management practices are regarding the native plants
– What our recommendation to the board would be
To play the presentation, click your mouse in the center of the slide to advance through the presentation.
Commonly Planted Native Aquatic Plants
White Water Lily
Erosion Prevention – Lilypad wave action example
Muskgrass (Chara) in our waterways
What Is it?
• Gray-green branched multi-cellular algae that is often confused with submerged flowering plants
• Has no flower
• Will not extend above the water surface…hovers just at surface.
• Often has a “grainy” or “crunchy” texture
• Has cylindrical branches with 6 to 16 branchlets around each node
• Foul, musty – almost garlic-like odor when out of the water
• Muskgrass prefers hard, calcium-rich waters
It’s a good plant to have in our lakes and waterways!
Chara is eaten by many species of ducks. Submerged portions of the aquatic plant provides habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates. They grow attached to the bottoms of ponds, lakes, slow-moving rivers and ditches. They sometimes form underwater meadows that small fish and frogs hide in for safety. Aquatic plants can also trap excessive nutrients and detoxify chemical pollutants.
While there may be crystal clear to the bottom natural, deep lakes in other parts of Florida and the country, not so much here. Most all lakes in Sarasota were dug to handle stormwater generated from our streets and homesites – so they take on a lot of pollution. Striving for a balanced system of aquatic vegetation and wildlife is seemingly the best way to keep the axels of nature greased so she can do her thing, which is clean up our dirty water.
AquaticSystems who cares for our lakes and waterways monitor this aquatic plant as well as others. It does not warrant spraying unless the coverage is just too widespread. At this time it poses no threat to our lakes and waterways. It is very beneficial to our lake and the animals that our lakes and waterways support. the benefits outweigh the aesthetic imperfections of seeing it. The invertebrates are nearly the beginning of the food web in the pond and are crucial for higher forms such as fish to thrive.
Do you part in keeping our waterways healthy. No fertilizer should be applied within 10 feet of ay water body or wetland. From June 1 through Sept 30, no fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus to turf or landscape plants.
More info at https://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/chara-species/
The following documents provide information regarding lawn installation and upkeep.
- Plant & Lawn Care after a Cold Snap
- Lawn Care
- Repairing or Replacing Your Lawn
- FAQ 2009 FFL Legislation
The following documents provide information regarding our lakes.
- Lake Map
- Waterway Inspection Report May 15, 2013
- Waterway Inspection Report May 24, 2013
- Collapsing Ponds – Venice Gondolier October 25, 2013
- Types of Lily Pads
- Lakes behind Squaw Valley
- Lake Management Reports – September 2015
- Lake Management Reports – September 2016
- Lake Management Reports – October 2016
- Lake Management Reports – March 2018
- Lake Management Reports – May 2018