Late Season Vegetation Management

 

Late summer, early fall brings about some interesting changes in management strategy.  This is an excellent time of year to manage emergent vegetation – cattails, shoreline plants, trees, etc.  It is best to treat these plants on calm, sunny days after the dew has cleared from the leaves.

 

As far as submersed vegetation goes - - - well it might be fighting back from your last treatment and forcing you to make the decision on whether to treat again this season or let it go unmanaged.  Either strategy can fit into its own unique circumstances.  If you are one that has chosen to ignore the submersed vegetation all season long until now when it can not longer be overlooked – well you might be better off just doing some homework.  Collect samples of the vegetation, get them identified by a professional and then make a decision on how to improve the situation.  You will need to attack the problem in stages to protect the water quality in your pond.

 

Floating plants – algae, duckweed, watermeal for example can still pose visual impairment of your pond.  You will be best served to continue the battle in managing the filamentous algae on your pond.  Planktonic algae might also be present and this situation is best discussed with a professional lake manager in developing the best management strategy at this point of the season.  Duckweed and watermeal if ignored up to this point most likely dominate the aquascape of your property.  Please contact us and work towards a better plan for managing these plants in 2014.

 

Keep in mind as you manage your pond – you might want to throw in the towel and let it go, but any management efforts this season will leave to long term gain in the years ahead.  Consider adding aeration this fall or early next spring, spend some extra time managing vegetation to reduce early season infestations come 2014, open up some shoreline areas so allow for fishing this fall when water temperatures and air temperatures decline and both fish and humans become more active in their environments.