AQUATIC WEED CONTROL
Aquatic weed control is a common problem in most small lakes and ponds. If not properly managed, aquatic weeds can quickly become overly abundant and detrimental to your lake or pond. Excessive amounts of aquatic weeds throughout the water column can affect the balance of the lake or pond’s ecosystem and also interferes with recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, boating and irrigation. Unchecked, nuisance aquatic weeds can also cause water quality issues, fish die offs, foul odors and an unsightly appearance for your lake or pond. Aquatic weeds are divided into four main groups:
ALGAE – Cellular, lower plant form with no distinguishable stem or leaf. Commonly called scum or moss. Also includes chara, which looks like a submerged plant but is really a form of algae.
FLOATING – Growing unattached or rooted with floating leaves. Most have roots that hang in the water from the floating green portions.
EMERGENT – Growing in shallow water with leaves or stems above the water. Stems of emergent plants are usually somewhat stiff or firm.
SUBMERGED – Growing in deeper water below, or up to, the surface. One main characteristic of submerged plants is their soft stems.
The most common methods used to control undesirable aquatic weeds are chemical and mechanical. Chemical control of aquatic weeds utilizes EPA approved aquatic herbicides and algaecides which are usually very effective, but only if the nuisance aquatic weeds are properly identified first. Identification is important because most chemicals are typically effective on only certain species of lake and pondweeds and often not at all on algae. Mechanical control is achieved through the use of specially designed tools that can clear entire areas or selected spots as needed but it involves back-breaking work that most pond owners would rather not do. Both methods are much more effective when lake and pond dye is used to reduce the growth of unwanted plants by blocking sunshine to them and beneficial bacteria and aeration are used to accelerate the decomposition of decaying plants and other organic matter that feed the growth of the aquatic weeds.
We control aquatic weeds in Texas lakes and ponds every week in our pond management business by treating them with generic herbicides and algaecides that are just as effective as branded chemicals. Now days, everyone uses generic drugs and grocery store products to save money. Our line of aquatic weed control products are just like those. Why spend more money that necessary to get the job done ? If you are a Do-it-Yourselfer, follow the instructions below to find out what aquatic weeds you have and which products you need. Then, give us a call or send us an email and we’ll send you a personalized treatment plan that tells you exactly how to mix and apply those products to get control of your aquatic weeds and algae.
To get control of unwanted aquatic weeds, just click on each box and follow these four steps: