How many times is harvesting required a summer ?

We generally suggest 1-2 harvests per season depending on the vegetation level & growth. Every area is different and needs to be assessed prior to making a proper recommendation. Harvesting once during the peak growth cycle and once again in the fall during the "die back" reduces the ability of invasive growth for the following season. With a proper removal schedule invasive's are not capable of growing throughout our winters. This helps to curb the rate in which they can spread and regenerate the following season.

What are "Invasive Weeds" ?

"Invasives" are non-native plant species that grow rapidly when introduced in new regions within our waterbodies. In most cases they easily out-compete our native aquatic plant life. See our Plant Species page for more detail on invasive plants already found in our waters today.

What are the benefits of harvesting ?

Harvesting benefits are immense when considered against the alternatives such as chemical treatment or doing nothing.

- Although chemicals work at temporarily deadening the plant, this process does not address the removal of plant material. The plant mass is left to decompose within the water column which adds to the accumulated sediment and muck build up each year.

Benefits of Aquatic Harvesting and Waterfront Maintenance

  • Immediate relief from invasive aquatic plants that interfere with navigation and waterfront recreation.
  • Mechanical harvesting does not involve harmful chemicals.
  • Biomass is removed along with excessive nitrogen and phosphorus build up ( which can create Toxic Algae blooms).
  • Depending on the plants harvesting can thin out troublesome areas, and help regain control of waterfront areas. but gives it a
  • Harvesting provides improved oxygen, water circulation and habitat for fish and organisms within plant chocked areas.
  • Harvesting excessive vegetation from the lake greatly reduces the biomass that will die-off and rot at the end of the season. This helps remove stagnant water, algae blooms, fish kills and excessive plant food for stronger invasive growth.
  • Harvesting biomass reduces excessive build-up of muck and sedimentation on the bottom that occurs from rotting weeds.
  • Over time invasive plants become stressed, grow more sparse and shorter in frequently harvested areas. This gives our native plants an opportunity to regenerate and provide natural habitat.
  • Mechanical harvesting is a highly selective process.

What do you do with the weeds after you cut and remove them from the water ?

Most clients request we take the weeds away. We typically try to source out a local farm or bush area in which to deposit the vegetation. If your shoreline contour allows it we are sometimes able to unload the weeds onto your property above the seasonal high water line. Aquatic vegetation has a higher nutrient content then cow manure and makes a great fertilizer for gardens or compost additive!

Why can't I just use my "scythe, weed razor, roller etc" ?

You can! If you are a do-it yourself person with the energy and tools we encourage you to maintain your waterfront to help control the invasive plant population. The tools we offer on our site (HERE) do a great job at cutting weeds from your waterfront property. You must be sure to remove all the vegetation you cut as leaving it in the water creates larger future problems for you and your neighbors.

Will the weeds grow back ?

Aquatic weeds are no different from regular plants as they need nutrients in their stems to grow. By harvesting during the summer and once again in the fall as plants are "dying back", they become weak and frail going into the winter. Less accumulating bottom sediment helps reduce the food supply for new plants to take hold. This can effectively helps diminish the density, thickness and overall speed at which "invasive's" will return.

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