If your lawn is taking on a green tint, stroll around the lake and be-on-the-lookout for these aquatic bad boys. In fact, print out this article and display it as the MOST WANTED poster for potential culprits that could disrupt pond use.

All are common in this region. Nutrient levels, favored water chemistry, clarity, and/or temperatures determine how they thrive. Consider this an all points bulletin. If you spot early signs, don’t delay. They will spread rapidly. Call our rapid response team! We’re entering peak growing season. Is your water clarity clear, 36-inches or greater? Do you have an older pond with heavy siltation and shallow average depths? Sunlight can penetrate to the bottom and stimulate growth. Do numerous waterfowl winter with you and deposit plant seeds? Your environment is the hide-out these plants seek.

Unless you’re an experienced aquatic plant enforcer, please don’t attempt to apprehend them alone. Proper identification is required to select the most effective chemical treatment. If not followed, you can spray them all day and they’ll escape. If you treat too large an area at one time, you could harm fish. Here’s the 24/7 hotline for approved identification and pursuit–www.aquaplant.com. It’s the official aquatic plant website for the Extension Service. See the Quick Plant Link. Click a plant name. There are photographs to confirm ID. Above photos, click Management Options for accepted treatment methods. Approximately 20-percent vegetation provides beneficial fish habitat. More creates complications. Call to discuss a treatment plan to achieve a productive balance.