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Learning to Prevent Aquatic Weeds and Filamentous Algae

 

Pond Workshop Feb 28 2013 006

By far, the most common call Extension receives related to ponds is how to control pondweeds.  However, prevention is one of the most effective methods to reduce and ultimately control problem aquatic weeds and filamentous algae.

To address these issues, Norm Haley, Regional Extension Agent, conducted a hands-on pond management workshop, with over 20 people in attendance at the Village at Cook Springs. Spencer Bradley, also a regional agent, provided assistance.

Aquatic plants take hold due to shallow and clear water, excess nutrients, and intentional and accidental introductions. Participants learned that limiting these characteristics with a combination of proper pond construction along with regular care and maintenance is the key to reducing weed problems.