So which is best to use to manage your aquatic weeds in a lake or pond – chemical herbicides or harvesting? Chemical applications are sometimes frowned upon due to the unknown long term effects. Harvesting, when accomplished through cutting or tearing out weeds, can cause stray plant fragments that replant themselves elsewhere in the body of water.
From a purely environmental point of view it would be more beneficial to abstain from any form of lake weed cutting or chemical treatment. On the other hand, waterfront owners will oftentimes take matters into their own hands in order to enjoy their shoreline investment regardless of the environmental impact. That is the conflict that many lake and pond communities, lake associations and homeowner associations constantly face.
If weed abatement is to be conducted in designated areas for recreational or aesthetic reasons, cutting would often be considered the lesser of the two evils. Removing the plant close to the bottom would be the preferred method, followed up with thorough raking and skimming of all fragments. Going green would also suggest that you compost those weeds you have removed along with the muck that often comes with the weeds and leaves. A great way to clean up your beach front as well as be environmentally conscious by using the lake weeds to fertilize your lawn, garden and trees.
A couple years ago we redesigned a unique tool for aquatic plant management – “The WeedShear” (http://www.WeedShears.com). The Weed Shear was originally designed for the benefit of professional water managers but has been made available for individual lakeshore and pond owners. It is now distributed through qualified marine and aquatic dealers.
The WeedSheer’s unique 49″ wide V shaped cutting blades allow the operator to easily cut a 25′ long, 49” wide swath with each pass. The awesome cutter is light enough to toss from the shore, dock or pier, yet heavy enough to sink to the bottom regardless of the depth. The handle now has a bend which conforms to the bottom of the lake so you can cut closer to the root. The razor-like blades literally skim the bottom cutting all weeds at the base as the tool is retrieved with the attached 30′ leash.
“I received my Weedshear today and I do have one serious regret with your product. I regret that
I didn’t buy one years ago! I have lived on a lake here in Central Florida since 1999 and the Weed Shear
is by far the best product I have used for weed removal. I was slicing through cattails and thick grass
this afternoon with tremendous ease. I look forward to many years of a clear lakefront. Thanks for
making such a great product. Regards, Scott”
According to the website, customer satisfaction is guaranteed with the Weed Shear: “If the WeedShear is not the best tool you have ever used for cutting lake or pond weeds, return it for a complete refund.” Now that is confidence!
The WeedShear is distributed by qualified aquatic and marine related retailers and is aggressively seeking additional distributors nationally and internationally. Contact Weeders Digest by visiting http://www.WeedersDigest.com for more information about becoming a dealer or distributor.