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#508547 - 07/06/19 07:08 PM Help me
Romero14 Offline


Registered: 07/06/19
Posts: 12
Loc: TN
My pond is infested with duckweed and watermeal. What do I need to do that will be safe for cattle? I'm trying to attach a pic

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#508559 - 07/07/19 08:38 AM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Joey Quarry Offline


Registered: 11/04/17
Posts: 160
Loc: Wisconsin
I know farmers that claim to feed out duckweed. Of course that is Saturday afternoon honky tonk chatter. A quick google search has various benefits but I don't see anything detrimental...
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#508562 - 07/07/19 09:52 AM Re: Help me [Re: Joey Quarry]
Romero14 Offline


Registered: 07/06/19
Posts: 12
Loc: TN
I've been searching google and just stumbled upon this forum so I have also been researching it.

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#508570 - 07/07/19 01:11 PM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Quarter Acre Offline


Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1626
Loc: West Central Missouri
Joe...what do you mean by "feed out duckweed"?

Romero...Welcome to the forums! I can not help you with your duckweed and watermeal infestation, but I can help you with your search efforts. The best way to search the Pondboss forums is to go to google search and type in...

site:forums.pondboss.com Duckweed watermeal

This will search the forums for any threads with the words duckweed and watermeal. This works much better than the forum search function and the above search yielded at least a couple pages of threads talking about the control of those plants.
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#508579 - 07/07/19 09:25 PM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Joey Quarry Offline


Registered: 11/04/17
Posts: 160
Loc: Wisconsin
I mean they harvest and feed it to their livestock.
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#508594 - 07/08/19 09:01 AM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Romero14 Offline


Registered: 07/06/19
Posts: 12
Loc: TN
Thank you Quarter Acre

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#508596 - 07/08/19 09:12 AM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Quarter Acre Offline


Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1626
Loc: West Central Missouri
No worries...I hope that helps. Do some reading and get back to this thread with some of your pond details...I'm sure those with some plant control experience will be glad to chime in.
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#508606 - 07/08/19 10:30 AM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Romero14 Offline


Registered: 07/06/19
Posts: 12
Loc: TN
Pictures


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Edited by Romero14 (07/08/19 10:36 AM)

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#508609 - 07/08/19 11:47 AM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Mfitzs70 Offline


Registered: 07/30/17
Posts: 67
Loc: Ottawa Lake , Michigan
I purchased a home with a one acre pond. It was totally covered edge to edge with Water Meal. Also I could not catch a single fish in it. I decided to us Clipper with a surfactant. I was not concerned of fish loss since I believe there were none so I hit it pretty hard with the sprayer. So far this year I've had no Water Meal or Duckweed. I put some fish in last year and also this year. I've only seen two floaters which were right after thaw.

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#508610 - 07/08/19 11:52 AM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Romero14 Offline


Registered: 07/06/19
Posts: 12
Loc: TN
Thank you Mfitzs70.. from what I am reading Clipper/Propeller looks like the best bet. I am in the process of ordering some.

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#508659 - 07/09/19 11:18 AM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
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Keep us posted on results . WM and DW have a tendency to repopulate.
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#508663 - 07/09/19 02:06 PM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Romero14 Offline


Registered: 07/06/19
Posts: 12
Loc: TN
I will keep you guys updated. The pond is in Mississippi on the family farm, and I live in TN. I intend to head that way tomorrow after work and get started. I have come up with a plan so hopefully I can get it taken care with little to none of the DW and WM returning.

Step 1 - I am going to clean out the overflow pipe that is clogged with sticks. The pond was built in the 80s and for some reason there were no screens placed on the pipe.

Step 2 - While the pond is draining down to where it needs to be then I plan to cut down a bunch of trees that are around the pond.

Step 3 - I will then spray the entire pond.

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#508697 - 07/10/19 05:32 AM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Mfitzs70 Offline


Registered: 07/30/17
Posts: 67
Loc: Ottawa Lake , Michigan
I sprayed mine from a paddle boat and waited for a day that had the wind in my favor. I also installed an aerator prior to spraying so that also helped push it towards the outside edge of the pond.

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#508704 - 07/10/19 09:01 AM Re: Help me [Re: Mfitzs70]
Romero14 Offline


Registered: 07/06/19
Posts: 12
Loc: TN
Originally Posted By: Mfitzs70
I sprayed mine from a paddle boat and waited for a day that had the wind in my favor. I also installed an aerator prior to spraying so that also helped push it towards the outside edge of the pond.


How long did it take your pond to clear? Also how did you dilute your Clipper? Did you add more than the instructions? And was 1 pound of Clipper enough for your acre pond? My pond is about 10 feet at its deepest point.

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#508724 - 07/10/19 11:47 AM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Mfitzs70 Offline


Registered: 07/30/17
Posts: 67
Loc: Ottawa Lake , Michigan
The Clipper comes in a granular form. I used a hand pump sprayer regular garden type. I put the clipper in about half a pound and added the surfactant ( sold seperatly...it keeps the sprayed mixture on the plant and on the surface its cheap about 15 bucks) added water slowly put the lid on and let it sit for about 5min so it soaks in then I shook the sprayer to mix. If I remember correctly I went through 2 lbs last year. I only did .5 lb at a time last year because of what I read about losing oxygen. I just kept an eye on it to see if it was helping and if I need to reapply. I'm no expert but I would go by pond acreage not depth. I have a one acre pond. This plant lives on the surface and this treatment is on the surface.

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#508730 - 07/10/19 12:38 PM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Romero14 Offline


Registered: 07/06/19
Posts: 12
Loc: TN
Yeah I just wanted to cover my bases. I sprayed this pond a couple of years ago using diquat with surfactant but it all came back. That was a silly question asking about depth which you're right about... it won't be important in this situation.

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#509626 - 07/31/19 02:43 PM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
Romero14 Offline


Registered: 07/06/19
Posts: 12
Loc: TN
Here is one updated pic since I sprayed a few wks ago. Look at the before pics then check this one out. I believe I need to spray once more but it definitely is going away.


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#509628 - 07/31/19 03:22 PM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
RStringer Offline


Registered: 06/06/18
Posts: 455
Loc: Parsons KS
That's looking very nice
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#509630 - 07/31/19 04:05 PM Re: Help me [Re: Romero14]
FLX Muck Man Offline


Registered: 07/15/19
Posts: 55
Loc: FLX, New York
That was quite a transformation. What do you think is contributing to the infestation in the first place? Runoff? How can that be prevented from happening?
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#509631 - 07/31/19 04:28 PM Re: Help me [Re: RStringer]
Romero14 Offline


Registered: 07/06/19
Posts: 12
Loc: TN
Originally Posted By: RStringer
That's looking very nice


Thank you.

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#509632 - 07/31/19 04:33 PM Re: Help me [Re: FLX Muck Man]
Romero14 Offline


Registered: 07/06/19
Posts: 12
Loc: TN
Originally Posted By: FLX Muck Man
That was quite a transformation. What do you think is contributing to the infestation in the first place? Runoff? How can that be prevented from happening?


I believe it was a couple of things...

1) I believe ducks were the reason for it being there
2) The pond had the perfect environment for it to cultivate such as being nutrient rich, no aeration, and being calm waters esp since the drain pipe was clogged

I am hoping to prevent it from happening again by clearing as many trees surrounding the pond that I can, as well as keeping that drain pipe free.

These are just my guesses so I could be wrong in my assessment.

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