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How to Clear Weeds From a Large Pond With a Rake

Updated February 21, 2017

Pond weeds can foul boat motors, impede swimmers, ruin the beauty of a pond and make fishing a nightmare. Many waterways have weed and floating plant problems. Aquatic weeds can be on the surface or rooted and submerged. Lake rakes are an excellent way to "weed" in water. The rakes are designed to grab the weeds and pull them out. You can attach floats to the rake for surface weeding or allow it to sink and drag it across the floor of the pond for submerged weeds.

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  1. Call your state Department of Fish and Wildlife and check to see whether you need a permit. Many aquatic activities, especially those that alter the environment in any way, require permits or special permission. You may need to have the weeds assessed because lake rakes are not allowed in areas with milfoil weed. The weeds break up and spread even more when disturbed by the rake.

  2. Attach the rope to the lake rake. You can stand on shore and throw the rake into the pond. Start at the centre and work your way out. The rake will sink, and then you can pull the rake toward you with the rope. It will be heavy if there are lots of weeds. You will want to scoop them into the net and let the knot of weeds drain a bit before disposing of them.

  3. Attach floats to the lake rake and throw it out into the pond. The floats will allow the rake to skim the surface and pick up the weeds on top of the pond. Pull the rake toward you with the rope and remove the weeds from the tines. Repeat the process in different strips until you have weeded the entire pond.

  4. Put on the waders for areas where the depth is not too great. This will allow you to walk out into the pond to reach areas the rope method cannot. You can wield the rake by hand either for the surface or submerged weeds and then walk to shore pulling the mass of vegetation with you.

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Things You'll Need

  • Permit
  • Rope
  • Lake rake
  • Floats
  • Net
  • Waders

About the Author

Bonnie Grant

Bonnie Grant began writing professionally in 1990. She has been published on various websites, specializing in garden-related instructional articles. Grant recently earned a Bachelor of Arts in business management with a hospitality focus from South Seattle Community College.

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