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The Weeders Digest

How to Control and Kill Aquatic Plants Naturally

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Learn why your lake & beach have so many aquatic weeds and the best tools and options to remove and prevent them.

When a pond or a lake has too many nutrients, aquatic plants can easily occupy the place because nutrients are the main reason for excessive aquatic growth. Even adding a small amount nutrients to a pond or lake is enough to trigger aquatic plant growth, whether undesirable or desirable.

There are many ways nutrients can find themselves in your water body. Grass clippings, leaves, animal waste, and runoff from lawns and cattle pastures. Once they reach the pond, they provide a favorable environment for aquatic plant growth.

Therefore, you are advised to consider the source of the pond’s nutrients when dealing with the problem of undesirable aquatic plants. There are many ways to prevent nutrients from finding their way into your lake or pond as well as getting rid of the nutrients that are already there. Limiting the amount of nutrients entering your pond is the most effective way of preventing aquatic plants from growing in your pond. Failure to take these preventive measures will result in repetitive removal of weeds from the pond.

Remove Weeds Growing on your Beach

So if your lakeshore already has a lot of seaweed growing in it removing that seaweed is your first step to controlling new growth. When you don’t remove lake weeds they will normally die and decompose on your beach bottom. This turns into “muck” and provides food and fuel for more aquatic plants to grow and the cycle continues. Lake weed cutters and other machines such as the Lake Groomer that has rollers that constantly agitate the lake bottom will be your best friend in the fight to control aquatic weed growth.

Reduce Aquatic Plants from Floating in and Sinking on Your Shoreline

Floating aquatic plants are plants that float freely on the surface of the water or at least contain leaves that float. Most floating aquatic plants have some sort of root system that suck nutrients from the water and distributes it to the rest of the plants. Watermeal and Duckweed are the two commonly known floating aquatic plants. Indeed, these are very problematic. In fact, they cover the entire pond and create a very ugly pond. These two species can limit the amount of oxygen and sunlight reaching your other aquatic plants or fish. This means that apart from creating an unappealing lake or pond, your production/yield will be severely affected. Using specially designed “lake water blowers” such as the AquaThruster will help defend against floating debris and even help reduce and control new weed growth.

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