Aquatic weeds can be controlled using several methods, including herbicides and dredging. Although herbicides provide temporary control, they require several treatments and retreat in subsequent years. Other options include biological control and habitat manipulation.
Habitat manipulation is a key part of aquatic weed management. Aquatic weeds can be controlled by reducing the number of nutrients and algae in the water. Reducing nutrients and algae will also improve water clarity and allow light to penetrate deeper layers of water.
Habitat manipulation can be done in many ways, including using predatory fish and introducing native plants and animals that feed on aquatic weeds. This aquatic weed control Florida has been used extensively overseas and is commercially available to New Zealand water body managers. However, it requires approval from the Ministry of Conservation Fisheries and the regional Fish and Game Council. Furthermore, it requires consultation with the public and relevant Iwi before it can be introduced.
A common technique involves lowering the water level of a pond, which allows the shallow parts of the water to dry out. This method works well in controlling some submerged weeds but must be repeated throughout the summer. Another effective method is the drawdown technique, which reduces the water level over the winter to freezing and thawing, killing off aquatic weeds’ underground rhizomes.
One of the best ways to manage aquatic weeds is to remove them from the water. They can be a nuisance to fish, preventing them from getting the food needed to …Aquatic Weed Management Control Methods Read More