Struggling with Lake Weed? Worry No More

December 22, 2018

Let’s face it, lake or pond weed poses a threat to the native species. The weeds act as a hindrance to their existence, especially because their presence disrupts their ecosystem. That said, if you happen to own a lake or a pond, this post is a good read for you.

Keep reading to learn the basic facts when it comes to keeping your lake or pond clean and safe for the native species. First things first though, let us look at how you could prevent the presence of lake or pond weed in the first place.

Like it is always said, ‘prevention is better than cure’. Experts say that for a pond to have less weed, its banks must be steep or vertically sloped if you like. On a steep slope, weed growth will be slowed, unlike on a flat surface. Not to worry though; in case the weed grows, this article will guide you on how to cut or rather kill the weeds. So, keep reading.

Here is what you need to do so that your pond or lake can have its appealing nature back…

  • Pull out the weed – The first thing to do is pull out the weed by hand. It is a sure yet inexpensive way of removing the weed. If the weed has grown to a point that it is impossible to pull out by hand, you can mechanically pull them out. Invest in a lake weed cutter for such occasions when the weed is too deep into the lake because pulling them out with your hands will be difficult.
  • Lower the water levels to control weed growth – Trust and believe; this technique has been used by a great majority of lake and pond owners and they can attest to it. When the water levels are lowered, the weeds will be stressed and unable to transport the nutrients they need for them to grow. So basically, this means that their growth will be prevented.
  • Use herbicides to kill the weeds – Yes, there are herbicides that are used to treat or rather kill aquatic weed. However, in as much as the use of herbicides is allowed, do not use too much of the herbicide because you might end up harming the fish or any other native species present. Just ask from your supplier the right quantity to use.
  • Last but not least, invest in a bottom screen – Just like the name suggests, a bottom screen acts like a cover that you place at the bottom of your pond. When the aquatic plants, including the weed, are covered, the sun is blocked from reaching the plants and this automatically cuts off their growth. After sometime, the plants will die and you will have nothing to worry about.

For this to be successful, ensure that you pull out weed that has expansively grown before placing the bottom screen.

No matter how serious your lake weed problems are, you will find a lasting solution with one of the above tips.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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