Water Lily, Japanese Iris, Water Hyacinth
Pond weeds choking off water in a natural pond.
Aquatic weeds often start out in ponds, lakes or even aquariums as attractive aquatic plants. The problem begins when these plants out grow their environment. Remember, the definition of a weed is simply, any plant growing out of place. Some examples of attractive but invasive pond weeds are Japanese Iris, Water Hyacinth, and Water Lilys.
There are many important things to consider before treating a pond with aquatic herbicides.
- What is the water used for?
- Can the water be contained in the pond or lake?
- Time of the year.
- The size of water body including its depth.
- Government regulations.
- Label instructions and restrictions.
Always read and follow the label.
Pondweeds can be very pervasive
in the wild.
Properly identifying aquatic weeds is important. They can be grouped by the habitat they grow in. For example, there are SUBMERSED plants which include the many pondweed species, common coontail, parrots feather, watermilfoil, elodia, hydrilla, and many others. EMERSED plants include cattail, spikerush, water primrose, arrowhead, waterlily. FLOATING plants include duckweed, water meal, water hyacinth, and azolla.
Proper Identification of aquatic weeds is important.