“How do floating wetlands panels improve water quality?”
Floating wetlands are just that; Carefully selected aquatic plants that are grown on a special panel which is positioned in your dam. Not only are floating wetlands incredibly attractive, they have a range of other great benefits.
Controlling aquatic weed and algae.
High nutrient levels are a common cause of aquatic weed, algae and sludge in waterbodies as the nutrients are readily available for them to flourish. Plant species are carefully selected for the panels and will take up this excess nutrient to grow, meaning less is available for invasive aquatic weeds, algae and sludge! Win!
The root systems of the plants act as a natural biological filter. This means that beneficial bacteria, our friendly microscopic sludge eating machines, have a surface to grow on. The more root mass available, the more the bacteria can grow, filter particles in the water and actively consume the sludge!
Habitat for wildlife.
Just like you need a roof over your head, many native aquatic and terrestrial species need a home to survive. By growing floating wetlands, you are providing habitat for these species. Water birds may use the leaves as habitat for their young, and aquatic life may use the roots which are floating just beneath of surface water as a place to hide and a source of food. Install your panels, sit back and watch nature come to you.
Add a natural element to the water.
Why do most people build a dam or pond over a swimming pool? To include a natural element to their backyard that they can swim in and/or grow their own fishy friends in. If you’ve ever travelled to a natural lake or river, you will find aquatic plants growing on fallen trees or on the edge of the water and its just beautiful! By adding floating wetlands, you are adding a ‘natural’ vibe to your man-made waterbody.
With so many benefits, you really can’t go wrong with floating wetland panels. Our team can help you select the number of panels and plant species that will not only look great but will be suitable to your dam’s individual design and requirements! For more information call 1300 283 387.