Every year, lakes are plagued with invasive plant species such as hydrilla, milfoil, and water hyacinth. Lake weed control is important. These plants can be difficult to remove and overtake your lake’s natural plant life. Lakefront homeowners battle these aquatic weeds in a variety of ways but may not always be successful in removing the species and accidentally cause further propagation of the specie.
Mechanical harvesting of the nuisance vegetation is the most convenient and fastest way to remove vegetation on your lakeshore. We utilize our harvester boats equipped with cutting, pulling, raking, and collecting tools. Jobs with the Harvester are recommended for removal of submerged and emerged vegetation in sections greater than 40ft, whole waterbody solutions, or for hard to remove rooted or tall vegetation. Depending on your goals for your lake, we’ll recommend different cutting widths and onboard storage options for your mechanical harvester.
Although we do recommend herbicide application prior to vegetation removal for longer-lasting effects and suppression of seedlings, the mechanical removal of vegetation can be done with or without a prior herbicide application for those who try to take the more eco-friendly approach.
The most important step in vegetation removal is to collect the debris after it has been cut. When dead vegetation is left on the shoreline, it causes a steep decline in dissolved O2 in the water which may harm the fish and creates nutrient availability for other nuisance vegetation or seeds to thrive. In many cases this dead organic material becomes muck on your shoreline and emits unpleasant smells.