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Aquatic Weed Control: 3 Ways To Kill Reed Grass

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Reed Grass (Phragmites) is a large, emersed, perennial grass that grows in shallow waters of marshes, creeks, ponds and lakes. Common Reed Grass can grow up to 20 feet tall dense clumps from rhizomes. A round, hollow stem has leaves that are 10 inches long and 1-2 inches wide. Loose, beige, flower spikes have plume-like tufts of seeds with silky hair.  Seeds drop in the fall and germinate in spring on wetland soil.  Most vegetation spreads from creeping rhizomes.  There is no known biological control option. Control methods: 1)  Weed raking and weed cutting is an option for seed and root reduction. Mowing...

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Q & A - What is the Best Way to Reduce Floating Bogs & Water Lilies?

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A customer recently contacted us regarding weed & bog control. Below is the question and our response. Question: Hello, I have a 30 acre pond with Water Lilies and floating bogs. What is the best product to reduce or eliminate these and how would I apply it. Thanks. MK, Wauwatosa, WI Answer: Aquacide Pellets are an excellent systemic option for early Spring control of Water Lilies. For best results, apply when new pads begin to rise to the water surface at the rate of 10 lbs. per 2,500 sq. ft. (50’ x 50’). Repeat treatment 3-5 weeks after the first application if...

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Aquatic Weed Control: 2 Ways To Kill Pickerelweed

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Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) is an emersed aquatic weed that grows 3-4 feet tall. Leaves are large and shiny with a heart-shaped base. Each leaf has very fine veins is attached toon its own stem in clusters. Pickerelweed is easily recognized by its beautiful 4” spike of blue-purple flowers. Each flower has 6 petal-like parts united below into a tube.  Flowers bloom from June through November and attract insects, bees and butterflies. Pickerelweed reproduces from seed & rhizomes rooted in the mud. Control methods: 1)  Aquacide Pellets are a 2,4-D based, systemic aquatic weed killer that is best-applied early spring as new...

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Aquatic Weed Control: 4 Ways To Kill Purple Loosestrife

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Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is a perennial that originated in Europe and spread to North America in the early 19th century. The weed was originally introduced as an ornamental plant and for medicinal use. It was also introduced as a contaminant in ship ballast. Purple Loosestrife grows 4 to 10 feet tall. The square rigid four-sided stems have fine hairs and are reddish purple. Leaves are oppositely attached and slightly heart-shaped at the base coming to a point at the tip.  Each weed produces a showy spike of bright purplish flowers on a tall stem, visible from June until September....

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Aquatic Weed Control: Spike Rush

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There are over 100 species of Spike Rush which can sometimes be difficult to differentiate from other species of lake weeds. In general, Spike Rush small but can grow several feet out of the water.  Spike Rush are perennial plants and are often confused with the smaller species of rushes, grasses, or sedges. Slender Spike Rush typically will grow completely underwater and appear as a submerged plant. Spike Rush can grow in shallow water or moist soils and grow from rhizomes. Stems are with sheaths around the can be round, square, or flattened depending on the species. All Spike Rushes have...

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