A well-kept lake can be a beautiful thing to have on your property, but it can be quickly overcome by weeds and algae. While this certainly won’t harm the ecosystem of the lake itself, it is unsightly, and it does interfere with activities such as swimming, boating and fishing.
Fortunately, weed control for lakes is possible if you know what you are doing. Let’s take a look at some weed control methods that might help your lake look its best.
If the offending weeds are close enough to the shore of your lake and they’re still in shallow water, you can simply wade into the water and remove them by hand.
You will need some heavy gloves designed for aquatic weed removal and some good wader boots and pants, but this is certainly an option if you only have a few weeds that you want to remove.
An aquatic rake can also be used to remove weeds that are floating on the surface of the lake or have shallow roots. Weeds on or near the surface of the water can simply be skimmed off, while weeds on the lake floor can be dug up if the roots aren’t too deep.
If removing weeds by hand or with a rake seems like too much work, you can also control them with chemical weed removal products. Some of these products will kill the weeds in your lake, while others will kill some of the bacteria that aquatic weeds and algae might need to thrive. Some products do both.
Keep in mind that while this solution may be effective, it should be used with great caution. The wrong products could harm any fish and other wildlife living in or near the lake, and any irrigation systems that your lake is connected to could be affected as well.
Speak to an aquatic weed control expert to find the solution that works best for you and your lake.