When there are too many nutrients in the water, plants can grow large and take over the area. For this reason, aquatic weed control is needed for areas like lakes, ponds, beaches, and other bodies of water. Even just a small introduction of nutrients can cause plants to sprout up and grow rather quickly. Whether you enjoy the plants or not, too many plants can mess up the ecosystem of a body of water and cause problems.
Nutrients can be introduced to the water in several ways, such as leaves, clippings from grass, animal waste, runoff from cattle or from lawns, and other sources. This provides plants with a good environment to thrive which means you must work diligently to control them. Let’s take a look at how weeds can affect the environment of your aquatic ecosystem.
Seaweed removal is the first step in controlling growth on your property. If you don’t remove them, they can die and lie at the bottom of the water decomposing. This can turn into food for the plants, encouraging even more plant growth. You can use machines to agitate the bottom of the water and keep dead plant material from turning into muck and feeding future plants.
If you have aquatic plants or thick leaves that float on the surface of water, they are likely connected to a root system that allows the plant to take nutrients in water and distribute them to other areas of the plant. Two plants that are known to do this include duckweed and watermeal, both of which can become highly problematic. Without maintenance, they can grow to cover the entire surface of your aquatic property.
If you take preventative measures for your property, you can effectively control weeds in the water and keep it looking pristine.