I’ve been called the Weed Doctor and no, it’s not for the reason you think, it has nothing to do with marijuana. It’s because I’ve been studying lake weeds for a long time. In the distant past I searched for ways of conquering them, beating them into submission. As I learned more about the ecosystems of lakes I began searching for ways to manage them.
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If you’re like me, you love everything about your place on the water — swimming, fishing, boating, the beautiful view — relaxing with family and friends. But, for many of us, there’s a problem when we step in the water… nasty lake weeds and the yucky, mucky lake bottom.
First, a LakeMat is a unique, patented, fabric that is permeable by gas and placed on the bottom of your lake in order to prevent the growth of lake weeds (also known as seaweed or auquatic weeds). The LakeMat works by blocking out sunlight but still allowing gas to escape.
When you get your LakeMat, it will come with a set of high quality plastic stakes. These stakes will help you to secure your LakeMat to your lake bottom so that it doesn’t move around and stays right where you want it.
To help control the overgrowth of lake weeds, some lakes will use drawdowns in the fall. Lake drawdowns involve lowering water levels. Lake weeds that are close to the shoreline (and their roots) are exposed to the freezing cold temperatures of winter which kills off a lot of the unwanted growth.
While invasive, wild celery is not an ugly plant, it prevents erosion, and is great for wildlife as they love to eat it. However, wild celery is not great for your beach and it’s incredibly difficult to get rid of.
Owning and maintaining a dock can be a lot of hard work. In order to prevent sinking some people will try a floating dock, but those cause a serious decrease in stability and an increase in people unwillingly going for a swim!
Contrary to what you may have been told, bugs and bacteria cannot be used to effectively get rid of muck because the bulk of what makes up muck is dirt/clay which is not consumable. Bugs or bacteria are only effective against organic matter like decaying weeds or leaves that have fallen.
Raking, cutting, or pulling: What many lakefront property owners do not realize is that raking, cutting, or pulling lake weeds is not a good idea. In fact, using this method for lake weed removal actually creates more lake weeds.
They may or may not be a problem, depending where they’re growing. Most of the native lake weeds mind their own business, but there are several exotic, invasive species that can literally take over a lake quickly.