If you have a private pond or some other body of water on your property, it stands to reason that you'll want to keep it clear of weeds. You might even be tempted to buy an aquatic weed cutter and remove the weeds yourself. After all, it's probably cheaper than going through pond and lake management companies in Florida, right? Well, it turns out that cutting away aquatic weeds yourself is a bad idea for a number of reasons.
1. Weed Cutters Can't Always Cut Through Weeds
First of all, trying to cut through aquatic weeds by hand with a weed cutter doesn't always work. Some weeds are so soft that they slip through the blades without being cut, while others are simply too thick for most handheld weed cutters.
2. Cutting Weeds Yourself is a Temporary Solution
Even if you can remove many of the weeds in your pond with an aquatic weed cutter, you probably won't be able to remove all the weeds. There will be some that will be completely out of your reach, as well as others that you likely won't be able to remove safely. Since you won't be able to remove all the weeds in your body of water, the ones you do remove will just come back.
3. Aquatic Weed Cutters are a Waste of Time and Money
Buying an aquatic weed cutter may seem cheaper than hiring pond and lake management companies in Florida, but they are ultimately a waste of your time and money. The blades on the cutters tend to dull or break quickly, requiring you to either buy a replacement cutter or have the blades sharpened often.
4. You Will Likely Stimulate More Root Growth
Many aquatic weeds such as water lilies and spatterdock have deep roots that are all but impossible to remove with a handheld aquatic root cutter. If you don't remove the roots, all you're doing is pruning the weeds. Your pond might look better for a while, but that pruning will just strengthen the roots and ensure that the weeds will just grow back even stronger. To make matters worse, cutting away some weeds such as parrots-feather will spread root fragments to other parts of your pond, leading to even more weed growth.
While we certainly understand wanting to take a weed cutter to the weeds growing in your pond or lake, it's really a job that is best left to professionals. Many pond and lake management companies in Florida have the equipment and training to remove aquatic weeds in ways that are far more efficient than anything you can do on your own, so don't hesitate to contact one near you before you invest in a tool that may not do the job.
At Crosscreek Environmental, we believe in providing a comprehensive, environmentally friendly approach in creating solutions to maintain the beauty and health of Florida's ponds, lakes, wetlands, and shorelines. We use the B.E.S.T.™ geo-tube solution and are one of the best geo-tube solution providers in the state of Florida.