It is normal to have some level of weeds and aquatic plants in your lake or pond. Algae, which is one type of aquatic plant, is at the bottom of the food chain, so it is required for a healthy ecosystem. Plants provide a habitat for fish, produce oxygen and provide a source of food.
It is possible to have too much of a good thing. Shallow, nutrient-rich soil provides an environment that allows weeds to grow out of control. When this happens, your pond or lake’s ecosystem can get out of balance. Aquatic weed control is an important part of pond and lake maintenance.
Problems That Develop With an Overgrowth of Weeds
-Interference with swimming, boating, and other recreational activities.
-Detract from the appearance of the lake or pond.
-Stunt the growth of fish or lead to overpopulation due to the inability of larger fish to control the population of smaller fish.
-Oxygen depletion that can lead to fish kills.
-Interfere with the flow of water, leading to still areas which encourage mosquitos to breed.
-Interfere with water flow in drainage ditches, culverts, and canals, causing water to back up and stand in low-lying areas.
-Weeds can catch debris and sediment, which can lead to filling in of areas and loss of wetlands.
Dealing With Weeds
It takes a professional to handle aquatic weed control. The professional will assess the situation and develop a plan to deal with weed growth. It typically takes between one and three months to get the existing issue under control and develop a plan to prevent it from reoccurring.
Monthly inspections, with treatments on an as needed basis, will keep your lake or pond looking beautiful. Look for an aquatic management company that offers a free inspection and is willing to provide you with a management plan for your review.