Types of Pond Weeds

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Pond weeds can completely cover a pond making the pond not only unsightly but restricting leisure activities such as fishing. Pond weed can also block irrigation lines beginning in ponds.

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Algae

One of the lowest cellular forms of weed algae does not have a distinguishable leaf or stem. Common forms of algae include planktonic algae and filamentous algae.

Emersed

Emersed weeds grow in shallow water with leaves or stems above the surface of the water. Types of emersed pond weeds include america lotus, water chestnut and cattail.

Floating

Floating pond weeds grow unattached or rooted to the bottom of the pond with floating leaves on the surface of the water. Types of floating pond weeds include duckweed, false loosestrife and water shield.

Submersed

Submersed pond weeds grow in deep water completely below the surface of the water. Bushy pondweed, bladderwort and clasping-leaf pondweed are common types of submersed weeds.

Control Of Pond Weeds

Pond weeds can quickly blanket an entire pond damaging the habitat of creatures living within the pond by blocking life giving light and oxygen. Chemicals are often used for control but natural remedies are also available with fish such as the sterile grass carp capable of controlling some types of pond weed.

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