It’s the removal of and/or the control
of unwanted plants and algae in your lake or pond.
There are three types of aquatic plants found in ponds and lakes: • Invasive plants
• Natural plants
• Weeds (plants you don’t
Invasive plants have a rapid growth rate and can quickly cover the
surface of a pond/lake and can be noxious.
These are examples of some common
Invasive plants that we successfully treat: Click on the image for larger view
*these plants are on the Federal Registry
of Noxious Weeds.
Examples of some other common aquatic
plants: Click on the image for larger view
Any aquatic plant that has taken over a pond/lake choking out other
plants Aquatic plants are integral to a healthy and diverse lake/pond.
These plants contribute oxygen, provide habitat and breeding areas,
provide food for fish, waterfowl and wildlife and help protect shorelines
The bad news, and all too common problem for pond owners, is excessive
growth of aquatic plants. If aquatic plants are allowed to grow
unchecked the health of the lake/pond can be at risk. Excessive
growth creates an imbalance in the ecosystem, is unsightly and can
prevent recreational use. These plants need to be controlled.
There are three categories of aquatic
– plants growing in boggy areas and including shallow water.
Example would be parrot feather Submersed
– most of the plant grows underwater. These plants supply
oxygen and spread by fragmentation.
Example would be waterchestnut, hydrilla Free Floating
- roots/stems grow under water but the vegetation floats on the
Example would be duckweed, watershield
Algae – What is it?
Algae is a primitive plant closely related to fungi and in
some instances can be toxic. There are many types of algae,
the most common are plantonic, filamentous and attached erect
forms. It can be a source of oxygen and can be a primary food
source for many aquatic animals. With high nutrient (nitrogen
and phosphorous) level algae will multiply rapidly creating
a bloom. Algae die offs and decay can result in rapid reduction
of oxygen in the water seriously endangering fish and other
aquatic organisms. Aesthetically algae not only looks unsightly
it’s likely to give off an unpleasant odor.
In a 300 acre lake, Salvinia Molesta can produce as much as 400
tons of new growth PER DAY!
This backhoe is sitting ON Lake Wilson, which is
infested with Salvinia Molesta, in Honolulu, Hawaii