CoontailIdentifying Coontail

Physical Characteristics


  • Entirely under water
  • Up to 12 leaves in a whorl
  • Straight and flat
  • Variable length, usually about 0.59 inches long


  • Up to 11.4 feet long
  • Branching
  • Form large masses
  • Brittle
  • Somewhat cord-like and flexible


  • Elliptical-shaped
  • Tightly packed
  • Smooth
  • About 0.16-0.19 inches long

Controlling Coontail In Lakes And Ponds

Physical Management of Coontail

Coontail has a root system which means the roots need to be destroyed to prevent the plant from coming back.

Products To Physically Manage Coontail

WeedShear Aquatic Weed Cutter-          WeedShear

Our WeedShear measures 49 inches in width and features a v-shaped razor sharp stainless steel blades that easily cuts through Coontail at its roots. This product comes with a hand held sharpener, a 25 foot polypropylene rope and folds up for easy storage.

To use the WeedShear, simply give it a toss out into your lake or pond and let it sink to the bottom. Once it hits the bottom, simply use a jerking motion to drag the WeedShear along the bottom of the lake or pond.

Aquatic Weed Ripper-          Weed Ripper 

The Weed Ripper is designed to pull Coontail by the roots to prevent it from growing back.

The Weed Ripper features a 3 foot wide head and comes with a 25 foot rope that allows you to cut and pull weeds by tossing it into your lake or pond and pulling it back to you. Additionally, the Weed Ripper comes with 4, 7, 11 and 15 foot handle options.


-          Beach Roller

Beach RollerThe Beach Roller is a handheld tool with a specially designed roller that cuts and pulls Coontail from the bottom of your lake or pond. This product also agitates muck sitting on the bottom of your lake or pond allowing it to blow away.

The Beach Roller cleans a 2 foot wide path and has 6 ripping blades to cut and pull Coontail. This tool is inexpensive and helps loosen and remove mud to keep the bottom of your lake or pond sandy and clean.


Automated Control of Coontail

For homeowners, automated control of Coontail is ideal when your lake bottom has been cleared and you want to keep it that way without having to continuously labor away cutting weeds.

For lake and pond management companies, automated control of Coontail is ideal when you have a large lake or pond that has been overtaken by the weed.

Automated Products To Control Coontail

Lake Groomer-          Lake Groomer

Our Lake Groomer is for homeowners who want to maintain a muck free lake bottom. The Lake Groomer uses a rolling action along the bottom of your lake or pond and dislodges any existing Coontail and prevents it from growing.

The Lake Groomer comes standard with three – 7 feet roller tubes that can cover a total of 21 feet of lake bottom and comes with a 3 year warranty.


Aquatic Weed Harvester-          Eco Harvester

For lake and pond management companies, our Eco Harvester pulls Coontail up from the roots and harvests them to be reused as mulch or animal feed.

The Eco Harvester can operate in as little as 12 inches of water and is built so it only takes one person to operate. Additionally, our patent protected Eco Harvester is one-third the price of traditional harvesters, making it one of the most affordable Coontail removal machines on the market.


Herbicide Control of Coontail

Herbicide control is a great option for Coontail because you can literally apply the herbicide and then sit back and let it do its work. Most herbicides can control Coontail throughout the season and only needs to be applied once a year.

Herbicide Products To Control Coontail

Hydrothol 191 Granular Aquatic Weed Control-          Hydrothol 191 Granular

Hydrothol 191 Granular is highly effective at killing Coontail in the application area and not away from the targeted area. It’s active ingredient is Endothall, mono (N,N-dimethyl alkylamine) salt.

Hydrothol 191 Granular is a slow releasing herbicide which accounts for its long lasting effects. Studies show Hydrothol 191 Granular present in the lake bottom 3 months after its application and had no effect on aquatic life because of the slow release of active chemicals.


Navigate Granular Aquatic Herbicide-          Navigate Granular

Navigate Granular is formulated on special heat treated attaclay granules that resist rapid decomposition in water. They quickly sink to your lake or pond bottom and release 2,4-D into the critical root zone.

Initial effects are indicated by brittle stems and curling leaf tips and are noticeable within 7 to 10 days. A full kill will occur within 3 to 5 weeks.