Have you recently purchased a home with an adjoining lake or pond? There are a number of factors that you need to keep in mind. One of the most important hazards to watch out for is the overgrowth of weeds in your water.
Crosscreek Environmental can teach you a wide variety of successful lake maintenance methods, including the control of noxious weeds. There are several potentially hazardous species that you need to be on the lookout for. These will include the following:
Northern Water Milfoil and Eurasian Water Milfoil
Northern and Eurasian milfoil are two types of very common aquatic weeds. The Northern species is native to North America while the Eurasian variant is invasive. Both of these species are prone to overgrowth that can choke out the life of other plants in your lake or pond.
Northern milfoil can be identified as having fluffy, feathery leaves. Since it is native to the continent, it isn't quite as dangerous as its Eurasian cousin. However, it can quickly grow past its bounds and may need to be curbed by a pond maintenance expert.
Eurasian milfoil has a reddish stem and a distinct pattern of four detailed leaves that wrap around this stem. It can grow to ten feet in length. Both varieties can be controlled by using herbicides.
Curly Leaf Pondweed
Another frequent source of trouble in lakes and ponds is the species known as Curly Leaf Pondweed. This little trouble maker has very distinctive leaves that are thick, crispy, and give off a slight resemblance to pasta noodles. The plant has a red stem. It is considered to be an invasive species.
Curly Leaf Pondweed is able to overtake other plants, hogging up the sunlight and depriving them of much-needed sustenance. This is because it grows in its thickest concentration near the surface of the water.
To deal with an outbreak of this invasive pest, most lake and pond maintenance experts recommend the use of Hydrothol Granular, Aquathol K, or Aquathol Super K.
Unlike some of the other weeds on this list, Coontail is a homegrown, completely native species. It is found in most lakes and ponds and is often a beneficial addition. However, this doesn't stop it from developing on occasion into a major pest.
Coontail is easy to identify because of its extremely characteristic leaf pattern. It comes complete with a thick, bushy "raccoon tail" at its end. Coontail tends to prefer to grow and develop near the surface of your lake or pond.
During its peak growing season, usually in the middle of summer, it can overgrow. At this point, it will form thick, bushy mats that will choke out the life of other plants. This potential pest can be controlled using Dibrox and Hydrothol.
Hydrilla is yet another invasive species that is becoming more common in lakes and ponds all throughout the North American continent. This aquatic plant is a very aggressive invasive element that comes with 3 to 8 leaves per unit.
Hydrilla is sometimes hard to identify because it can often be confused for Elodea, a purely benign native aquatic species. However, one quick way to differentiate Hydrilla is in the pattern of its leaves. These are shaped in a very characteristic tooth-like pattern. Hydrilla can be controlled by making use of Hydrothol or Dibrox.
Not All Aquatic Plants Are Invasive or Harmful
One very important thing to keep in mind is that not all aquatic plants are invasive or harmful. The last thing you need to do is panic and start destroying all of the plants that suddenly begin to appear in your lake or pond. Remember that most of these plants contribute a great deal to the health of this little ecosystem.
However, when it comes to spotting and removing potentially invasive species, we've got you covered. We will be happy to consult with you on the state of your lake or pond.
We have the required skills, and experience to give you excellent aid and counsel on how to preserve the health and integrity of your nearby pond, river, or lake. And we're happy to share this knowledge.
Contact Crosscreek Environmental for More Weed Control Info
Successful long term lake maintenance depends on a variety of factors. Among them are vigilance and expert round the clock care. If you need more info on how to control the various types of weeds in your lake, we are here to help you.
Crosscreek Environmental is dedicated to helping you develop and implement a successful lake maintenance strategy. Get in touch with us today by calling 941-479-7811 or fill out our pricing request form to learn more about what we can do on your behalf.