Woodlake Pond is in Woodlake Park at the intersection of New Jersey Road and Waterford Drive. It is a stormwater pond managed by the Lakes and Stormwater Department of the City of Lakeland.
How was it landscaped?
It was landscaped with a variety of native plants that will help absorb excess nutrients from the water, keeping it a healthy and more natural environment. The plants will need about a year to become fully established. Some plants will be in bloom at different parts of the year. Certain native plants were selected to make the landscaping more beautiful.
What kinds of plants were selected?
- White Fragrant Water Lily
- Purple Pickerelweed
- Arrowhead Duck Potato
- Golden Canna
- St. John’s Wort
- Blue Flag Iris
You may have noticed that the City of Lakeland cleaned out the pond on the corner of New Jersey Road and Waterford Drive a few months ago. Then, grass was allowed to re-establish on the embankment. Finally, it was landscaped with a variety of native plants.
Why did the pond need work?
The environment in the pond had become a mono-culture: only one type of plant had taken over, preventing other plants from becoming established. The pond needed intervention to return to a diversified environment. The offending plant, Spatterdock (cow lily), was removed mechanically.
How can I help keep my neighborhood lakes and ponds landscaped and clean?
For more information, see brochure “Stormwater Systems in Your Neighborhood: Maintaining, Landscaping, and Improving Stormwater Ponds” and the Lakeland water flow map.
This brochure will tell you more about how to landscape around ponds and lakes in your neighborhood. It suggests water plants that are easier to maintain and native. It also gives tips on preventing water pollution that can affect your neighborhood.