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#378207 - 05/30/14 08:08 PM Not sure this is Widgeon Grass any more
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 305
Loc: Maryland
So this year, this stuff seemed to spread to more than 60% of my pond and I need to do something about it.

It's growing in all depths of the pond, from shallow to what I'm guesstimating is 7-9'.

I had originally identified it as Widgeon Grass, but from what I can find, widgeon grass wont grow in that deep of water. I need some assistance first at identifying it and then what are my options.

I think reward would work, and that would be spot treatment which I guess I'm okay with. I feel like I would struggle to get deep down in some areas.

I don't think that I want to put something in that would just kill the entire pond because I have arrowhead growing in the shallows and I don't want to kill that.

http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag36...zps4cd56cae.jpg

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#378305 - 05/31/14 09:16 PM Re: Not sure this is Widgeon Grass any more [Re: Lukkyseven]
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It also sticks above the water surface about 1/2" in most spots as well.
http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag368/lukkyseven/20140531_190104_zpsfcf95d1a.jpg

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#378329 - 06/01/14 12:34 AM Re: Not sure this is Widgeon Grass any more [Re: Lukkyseven]
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Leaves look too wide for widgeon, to me.

Maybe Kelly Duffy or someone else will give a positive ID and treatment.
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#378360 - 06/01/14 11:27 AM Re: Not sure this is Widgeon Grass any more [Re: Lukkyseven]
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If it helps any... the Geese apparently love the stuff. Just had a family of 6-7 come in and chow down on it for a little bit.

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#378613 - 06/03/14 12:24 AM Re: Not sure this is Widgeon Grass any more [Re: Lukkyseven]
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Potamogeton pusillus. Known under many common names.
An aggressive invader when conditions suit its preferences.

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#378618 - 06/03/14 12:51 AM Re: Not sure this is Widgeon Grass any more [Re: Lukkyseven]
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7 - that's what I've got too, and boy is it aggressive. Good news is it's cleared up the pond and helped virtually eliminate the FA. The clarity is amazing - I have never had 6-8' clarity except in winter and it's a blast watching the fish behave and feed. However, my small pondweed is growing thick and deep - I'm going to have to do something to manage it, at least partially.
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#378796 - 06/04/14 08:12 PM Re: Not sure this is Widgeon Grass any more [Re: Lukkyseven]
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Thanks Kelly.

TJ - I'm probably going to take care of part of it, but I feel like it's still beneficial to some extent. I think I'll let it do what it wants to do in the area where I wont fish. Maybe I'll clean it up around the dock area.

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#378860 - 06/05/14 10:25 AM Re: Not sure this is Widgeon Grass any more [Re: Lukkyseven]
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I'm considering the same approach...spot treatment and see how it responds. Should have treated earlier in season, this is the worst possible time now, when it's fully mature.
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#378869 - 06/05/14 12:11 PM Re: Not sure this is Widgeon Grass any more [Re: Lukkyseven]
Lukkyseven Offline


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Loc: Maryland
Is that because of the DO when it's decomposing? Or just because theres more of it?

Should I potentially just let it go this year and spot treat at the beginning of next year

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#378926 - 06/05/14 11:51 PM Re: Not sure this is Widgeon Grass any more [Re: Lukkyseven]
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You want to treat the plants before they can set seeds that will germinate next year. Cooler water also holds more DO than warmer water.
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