How to Remove Pond Weeds

Written by brenda priddy
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Ponds and tanks can be very beautiful but often tend to get bogged down in weeds and unsightly plants. For ponds designed as drinking tanks for cattle and other animals, this is not only an inconvenience, but can also pose a danger to the animals. Keeping pond weeds at bay is the best way to ensure animals get enough to drink and preserve the beautiful pond appearance that everyone wants to have. It is easy to clear the weeds from a pond. All it takes is a few tools and a weekend or two.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pond rake
  • V shaped weed razor
  • Long rope
  • Outdoor gloves
  • Wading boots
  • Old clothes
  • Rain poncho
  • Pond weed control
  • Trash bags or
  • Garbage can

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  1. 1

    Wear gloves, wading boots, old clothes and a rain poncho. Tie the end of a long rope to the weed razor. Throw the cutter into the water and slowly pull back. The razor sharp blades with cut stubborn weeds rooted deep under the pond. Pull the weeds off of the blades and repeat until the cutter no longer catches on anything.

  2. 2

    Use the pond rake to clear out any debris and weeds that the weed razor left behind. Tie the rope to the end of the handle and throw into the pond. Slowly draw back to skim the surface of the pond and gather the weeds. Throw the weeds into trash bags or a garbage can. Repeat until the surface of the pond is clear.

  3. 3

    Follow the directions listed on the bottle and pour one to eight bottles of liquid weed control into your pond. Two quart bottles are usually enough to control light weeds in an acre pond. Use up to eight bottles for a pond that is infested with weeds.

  4. 4

    Continue to rake the top and bottom of the pond monthly after the initial session until the weeds stop growing. The liquid weed control should start to work immediately, but continued raking will help speed the process.

Tips and warnings

  • Rake the pond on a warm day. You will get very wet and you do not want to be cold at the same time.
  • If more than one person will be raking the pond, use caution when throwing the rakes into the water.
  • Pond weeds make great compost.
  • Do not use liquid weed control if fish are present in the pond or if animals will be drinking the water. Chemicals in the weed controller can be harmful to fish and animals as well.

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