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Aquatic Weed Management

aquatic-weed-managementAquatic weed is an important part of the ecosystem in rivers, waterways and lakes. They provide food and a safe habitat for animals as well as helping to reduce the erosion of riverbanks and absorb pollution. Some aquatic weed may have been deliberately introduced for ornamental reasons; some appear out of the blue, this maybe for a number of reasons.

Aquatic weed only become a real problem to most when they grow excessively and spoil the appearance and quality of the watercourse.

Invasive aquatic weeds cause the following problems:

  • Increased risk of flooding and water logging of land that can persist even when the weed has appeared to die back
  • Silting up of watercourse impeding flow and increasing the need for dredging
  • Invasive weeds interfere with boats, fishing and other forms of recreation
  • Weeds and algae can become detached and float downstream blocking pumps, sluices and filters
  • Some aquatic weeds can deoxygenate water killing fish and other aquatic animals as well as causing serious odour problems
  • Rapid growth of aquatic weeds suppresses other species of aquatic plants

Control of aquatic weeds doesn’t need detailed knowledge of every aquatic plant but applying the following principles:

Identifying the weed – see our section on the different weeds to help you identify what you have.

Habitat and lifecycle of the aquatic weed – where and how the weed grows

Cause of the weed problem – is it run-off from neighbours or your site

Timing of weed control – when is the best time of the year to take action

Our services

  • Aquatic weed raking system
  • Herbicide treatment

Aquatic weed rake services

Capable of removing literally tons of aquatic weed in hours, our revolutionary weed rake removes from the root which means the problematic weed truly is thinned and reduced. Unlike weed cutting, which over a short period simply makes the problem thicker and less manageable, the weed rake effectively removes the weed leaving clear lake and river beds but at the sometime helps by aerating the bed.

This service has been used all over the UK and by many companies and private home owners, but for the first time this year we was successfully able to measure the quantity removed in a six hour period, with just over 30 tonnes of Canadian pondweed being achieved.

Although this equipment is quite large the rig is much smaller and is able to be used in the smallest of locations, all of the equipment is able to be carried by hand which illuminates backside damages.

For more information on our Aquatic Weed Raking system click here.

Herbicide treatment services

Herbicide treatments are very successful but must be managed and controlled using the correct procedures. All of our staff working with herbicides are fully qualified to PA1 and PA6water certification.

We offer a full spraying service from both land and boat and also injection treatments for such weeds as Japanese knotweed.

For more information on our Herbicide services click here.

At Ponds UK – Aquatic Management Limited we offer a full “Hands-on” service and consultation package to help you deal with your weed and plant problems. We understand it can be a daunting task and with our support we plan to make it all a little easier to manage.

Common aquatic weeds – (Click the images for more information)

Australian Swamp Stonecrop Floating Pennywort
Canadian Pondweed Parrots Feather
Spiked Water Milfoil
Curley Waterweed
Duckweeds-Lemna-species Water Starworts (Callitriche spp.)

For more information on our other management services click to find out more below;

We supply all equipment and our services to anyone Domestic and Commercial throughout the United Kingdom. For more information and advice about any of our products or construction / maintenance / fishery and consultancy services, please email info@pondsuk-aquaticmanagement.com or call 0800 4725524