July Aquatic Report

Well we are entering the middle part of summer here in the Midwest - - what plants are commonly being found in bodies of water now?

CoontailCoontail

Is a rootless, submersed plant species.  It can be identified by its whorled leaf pattern, the small teeth along the edge of the leaves.  But the most notable visual characteristic is the crowded or grouped leaves at the growth tips which resemble a racoon’s tail.  Coontail can become problematic with its ability to form dense monocultures within aquatic systems.  Coontail can be managed with contact or systemic herbicides based on the timing of the application.

Naiad SpeciesNaiad

Are common in the Midwest.  These plant species have opposite leaf arrangement about the stem of the plant.  The most common species found in this area are:  brittle, southern or slender naiad.  These plant species can be easily control with herbicide applications when they present problems for swimming or fishing.

Filamentous Algae

Yes, algae is still on the list.  Does it ever go away?  No, we just need to maintain control to achieve the appearance we desire.  Remember lessons learned in the past, do not let this algae gain the upper hand now OR you might not regain control this season.  Stay motivated in your management practice so that you can enjoy your aquatic resource through the fall season this year.

If you have other plant species causing issues with your aquatic resource, please feel free to send us pictures for identification and management planning.  We are here to help you enjoy your aquatic resource in the years ahead.