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Duckweed in a small pond
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marty ray    Posted 09-17-2002 at 13:36:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
does anyone have an economical feasible method to deal with duckweed in a small pond on my property?

frankie    Posted 09-20-2002 at 19:46:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Im sorry you got so many (jokes) about duckweed. we have been fighting it for years with all kinds of chemicals, no luck, Ive heard the one about putting (rye) straw, 1 bale for small lake under an acre, ive never tried this, I really feel theres money to be made if someone could come up with a simple device to remove this. We even took a motor boat and made big waves to wash some up on banks but need something to catch on till it dies good luck, its a problem until it freezes

Tom    Posted 09-18-2002 at 07:18:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where I come from, we use a straw to suck all of the water out of the pond and then send the cows in to eat the weeds.

Then fill the pond back up as the water passes through you and nothing will want to grow there again.

marty ray    Posted 09-18-2002 at 07:28:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Tom , I'm glad I'm not from wherever you are from.

Darryl (Mo)    Posted 09-17-2002 at 17:17:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Some folks here use a bale of (I think) alfalfa hay it their ponds. They say there's a chemical in it that helps with weeds. If the pond is big enough perhaps grass carp may be of help. A question about grass carp.... Does anyone know what weeds they help control? How selective are they in their feeding habits?

MAYBE YOU COULD    Posted 09-17-2002 at 16:22:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try this site for information and also you might try to try an old bedspring on one side of the pond with some concrete blocks for extra weight and drag it across the pond bottom to the other side of your pond with a tractor or four wheeler truck. This will rip out the duckweed.

Good luck

Kat in NJ    Posted 09-17-2002 at 13:45:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Marty, hi! I'm dealing with a community project on this same thing right now! Other than applying herbicide, you can apply a substance that blocks sunlight from the water. Since the sunlight can't get through the water, it prevents growth of weeds. It doesn't seem to hurt the fish any. Also, if the pond is deep enough to get a weed harvester in to it, weeds can be cut but this is expensive.

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