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Hydrilla

HydrillaIdentifying Hydrilla

Physical Characteristics

Leaves:

  • Strap-like
  • Pointed
  • Grow in whorls of 4-8
  • Often has 1+ sharp teeth along the midrib

Flowers:

  • Tiny
  • White
  • Grow on long stalk
  • Turions 0.25 inch long at leaf axils

Stem:

  • Slender
  • Branching
  • Up to 25 feet long

Roots:

  • Rooted in mud
  • Potato-like tubers attached to roots

Hydrilla is often confused with the native Elodea or the non-native Egeria. Hydrilla has one or more teeth on the underside of the midrib, neither Elodea nor Egeria have these midrib teeth. The teeth make Hydrilla feel rough when drawn through your hand from base to tip. Flowers of Hydrilla are much smaller (1/4 inch in diameter) than Egeria.

Controlling Hydrilla In Your Lake Or Pond

Physical Management of Hydrilla

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

Products To Physically Manage Hydrilla

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 Hydrilla 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.

 

T-Weeder-          T-Weeder

The T-Weeder is an aquatic weed rake and pulling tool in one. This tool has sharp teeth that dig into the bottom of your lake or pond to dislodge and uproot any weed it comes across.

The T-Weeder has a 5 foot handle and a 3 foot wide head and has a series of 1 inch long teeth. This product also comes with a 25 foot rope that allows you to toss the T-Weeder into your lake or pond and pull it back towards you.

 

Automated Control of Hydrilla

For homeowners, automated control of Hydrilla 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 Hydrilla is ideal when you have a large lake or pond that has been overtaken by the weed.

Automated Products To Control Hydrilla

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 Hydrilla 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 Mower Lake Weed Cutter-          Aquatic Mower

The Aquatic Mower is an electric powered aquatic weed cutter that mounts to your boat and works very efficiently to cut down Hydrilla fast. If you are looking for an environment friendly, non-labor intensive solution to riding your lake or pond from Hydrilla than the Aquatic Mower is what you have been looking for.

The Aquatic Mower weighs just 45 pounds and has a 12 volt DC electric motor that has a batter life of up to 6 hours. It is made of rust resistant aluminum and stainless steel and has a cutting width of 4 feet.

 

Aquatic Weed Harvester-          Eco Harvester

For lake and pond management companies, our Eco Harvester pulls Hydrilla 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 Hydrilla removal machines on the market.

 

Herbicide Control of Hydrilla

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

Herbicide Products To Control Hydrilla

Hydrothol 191 Granular Aquatic Weed Control-          Hydrothol 191 Granular

Hydrothol 191 Granular is highly effective at killing Hydrilla 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.