Submerged and Invasive Weed Control
McCloud Aquatics offers submerged vegetation control, including invasive weed control in our standard pond maintenance plan. With any of our submerged weed control programs, our technicians seek to find a balance having enough native vegetation for the ecosystem to behave naturally all while keep the appearance of a clean and clear water body.
With a selection of different aquatic herbicides, our technicians can effectively and efficiently clean out nuisance submerged weed growth while maintaining a healthy amount of vegetation for aquatic organisms in the ecosystem.
As stated above, invasive weeds are a hazard towards the overall health of any aquatic ecosystem. The invasive plant has physical characteristics which allow it to excel in most aquatic situations; as the invasive population booms the native weed population begins to decrease, causing a major shift in the biodiversity of the ecosystem. Invasive plants will also take up a lot of physical space as there is a tenancy for growth to come in very thick, disrupting the behavioral patterns of the rest of the organisms within the ecosystem.
Submerged weed growth is very common in all aquatic systems, even if no vegetation can be seen with the eye, there is likely submerged growth occurring on the bottom of the aquatic system. There are two type of submerged weeds: Native and Invasive. Native plants are those which occur to the Chicagoland and Northern IL naturally without any foreign introduction. Invasive weeds are those which do not originate from the area in question and generally have distinct growth and reproduction characteristics which allow them to invade, spread, and take over an aquatic system quickly.
There are a few common types of invasive weeds that McCloud Aquatic deals with during our treatment season. The two most common and unfortunately usually abundant invasive plants that can be found in Northern IL and the Chicagoland area are Eurasian Water Milfoil and Curlyleaf Pondweed.