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Controlling Plant Growth in Your Lake

By January 13, 2015All Post

As the owner of a lake or pond, you know that vegetation is extremely important for ecosystem health. But what happens when green growth starts destroying other life forms or makes it difficult to partake in activities such as boating, fishing or swimming?

controlling plant growth in lakeIf there is an out-of-control, foreign plant in your lake, it’s time you called the professionals at Clearwater Consulting for a consultation on controlling plant growth in your lake.The way that we treat your excess plant growth will depend on various factors, including the cause, type of plant, and existing ecosystem. Let’s take a look at some common methods for vegetation control.

Prevention: This includes discouraging geese (who often carry plant fragments) from visiting the body of water, washing boats that have been in another lake before fishing in your lake, and never introducing plants purchased at water garden stores.

Mechanical Removal: Sometimes the best option is to manually pull up or cut the offensive plants. Depending on the strength of the plant and the type of root, this process may have to be repeated several times a year, as fragments left in the water may cause regrowth.

Biological Control: Adding different types of insects, birds or fish who feed on the unwanted plant is another form of vegetation control. However, this strategy must be carefully considered by professionals to ensure that it does not upset the rest of your water body’s ecosystem.

Herbicide: Only chemicals approved by the EPA should be applied to your lake or pond. To ensure that the process is followed correctly with no damage to the environment, hire a lake management expert.

Aquatic vegetation control is a sensitive and complicated topic. Clearwater Consulting can assess your issue and provide a customized, eco-friendly solution that will restore order and peace to your body of water.

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