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Types of Pond Weeds

Updated February 21, 2017

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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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 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 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 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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About the Author

Paul Cartmell

Paul Cartmell began his career as a writer for documentaries and fictional films in the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s. Working in documentary journalism, Cartmell wrote about a wide variety of subjects including racism in professional sports. Cartmell attended the University of Lincoln and London Metropolitan University, gaining degrees in journalism and film studies.

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