How to control water hyacinth

Water hyacinth is an aquatic plant with lavender flowers. It constantly reproduces and easily proliferates with the use of stolons or runners. This aquatic plant can create volumes of seeds that can last for up to three decades. Since it can multiply in the blink of an eye, the population of these colorful weeds can double within just two weeks. It’s every pond or lake owner’s nightmare.

A blanket of green and lavender hues

Poor lake or pond management will cause the water hyacinth to spread rapidly and cover the entire surface of the water. This has a negative effect on water flow, it blocks sunlight, and kills aquatic animals. It can also interfere with human activities, such as swimming, diving, boating, and fishing. Arms and legs can get entangled in the roots while the islands of water hyacinth make it impossible for boats to pass through.

How to address and control water hyacinth

Owners of lakes or ponds should think twice before introducing this aquatic plant into their ecosystem, especially if they do not have time to monitor its growth. If their end goal is to have an ornamental water garden then it will be a beautiful addition. However, if the pond or lake is going to be used for recreational activities then a means of control is necessary.

The use of herbicide is one way to get rid of water hyacinth. Herbicides do an excellent job of killing or controlling the proliferation of aquatic plants however, they contain chemicals that can be damaging to the ponds or lakes and the aquatic animals that live there.

Safe and effective water hyacinth control solutions

The Jenson Lake Mower can effectively remove or control all types of unwanted aquatic plants. It is easy to use and can be attached to almost any boat. The Lake Mower can be used without the help of herbicides and other harmful chemicals, meaning the aquatic animals are unaffected. Water hyacinth can be controlled by cutting it close to the roots which will slow regrowth. The Lake Mower is safe, easy to use, and environmentally friendly.

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