So Your Pond Looks Like a Putting Green

Springtime doesn’t just mean weeds in your lawn: it can mean weeds in your water too. Anyone who has lived near a pond knows what it’s like to look out and seeing a flat stretch of green where there used to be water. Whether it’s duckweed or algae or any other issue, aquatic weed control can be a real concern for landscape maintenance.

Is it Really a Problem?

The first thing to ask yourself is whether it’s really a problem. Getting rid of your aquatic weeds can be an expensive and time-consuming process. It will very likely look worse before it looks better, and it might not be the best thing for your pond. Not all aquatic weeds are bad; it’s worth consulting an expert or doing your own water quality test to check the health of your pond before you make a decision on that front. If, however, your unsightly aquatic weed infestation is too disruptive, or is, in fact, damaging the overall health of your pond, you might find that you have no choice but to tackle the problem head on.

How Do You Fix It?

Preventative pond maintenance can prevent an excessive buildup of aquatic weeds. Aeration, flow, and keeping a healthy ecosystem of waterfowl and fish can do a lot to keep your weeds down. Worse comes to worst, there are herbicides that will help get rid of your weeds, but be careful: you don’t want to damage your lake or pond’s ecosystem.

Happy Ponds are Beautiful Ponds

The most important thing is to have a healthy pond, no matter what it looks like. Water features are a beautiful addition to your landscaping, but for a lot of birds, fish, amphibians, and mammals, they’re also home. Don’t let an overabundance of aquatic weeds damage your local aquatic ecosystem as well as your aesthetic enjoyment.