One of the most common problems reported by pond owners is Bluegill stunting. Many people even avoid stocking this species because they have heard that this is inevitable. However, if Bluegill do stunt, it is a sign that there is a problem in the pond.
Emergent Weeds are critically important to many aquatic habitats. They provide spawning areas for adult fish, cover for smaller organisms, and they purify water in wetlands all over the world. Emergent Weeds are also great stabilizers of shoreline areas and they provide a buffer zone, which helps clean the run-off entering the water body. But some are also a nuisance, including invasive species, such as Purple Loosestrife. Below are descriptions of the more common types and their control options:
Along with Algae, this is the category of aquatic vegetation that most frequently causes pond owners problems. There are invasive species, such as Eurasian Watermilfoil, and many beneficial native species. Usually, the biggest problems arise when people kill off all the native aquatic vegetation, which just opens the door for invasive species and algae to proliferate. Always consider what will grow next before killing aquatic weeds.
If you are unsure of the identification of an aqautic weed, you can send a prepared sample via US Mail or UPS. To do this, collect a sample of the weed in question, pat with a paper towel to remove excess moisture, and put the sample in a sealed plastic bag. If there is more than one type of weed, put each in its own plastic bag, marked Sample A, Sample B, et cetera, and make note of which is which so you know what we are refering to in our recommendations.