Homeowners often choose to create a pond on their property when the landscape is favorable for the project, and other people own a property that is situated on the shore of a small lake. In either case, aquatic weed removal is sometimes necessary to preserve the beauty and enjoyment of the body of water. Fountains are useful in preventing the growth of algae in smaller ponds, but controlling weed growth in ponds or lakes is really the first line of defense. If you are a homeowner located in the southeastern area of the United States, any pond or small lake near your property will benefit from periodic aquatic weed removal.
Removing weeds growing in your pond or lake is necessary to prevent the growth of algae and keep your water feature looking beautiful. Unfortunately, the process would be nearly impossible for you to accomplish on your own. Complete removal of harmful aquatic weeds requires specialized equipment in order for the project to be done properly. Since there are some aquatic plants that are beneficial to ponds and lakes, care should be taken to remove only harmful weeds.
During the warmest months of summer it is common for algae to begin growing in standing water. You may have installed a fountain or created a waterfall in your pond to increase oxygenation of the water, and both of these features will help to prevent the growth of algae. If your pond tends to grow a lot of aquatic weeds and algae, you should arrange for annual aquatic weed removal so your pond will provide your family with the enjoyment you planned for.
There are EPA approved herbicides and algaecides available that are not harmful to fish and other wildlife that may be using your pond. It is important to identify the harmful weeds growing in the water in order to use the right chemical. There is also a fish called the weed-eating grass carp that helps to control certain weeds, but you will need a permit and a fish barrier before you stock your pond with the fish.