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American Lotus Problem
#523580 07/14/20 10:08 AM
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We have a 40 acre lake that is bordered with american lotus. I don't mind the borders being covered, although it is starting to spread into the open water and areas of swimming. Is there a granular product you can apply early in the spring before the lotus has emerged from the water? It doesn't emerge from the water until June and flowers in July. Is there a product you can put on right before it goes dormant? I am trying to prevent treatment in mid-summer when the lake is full of swimmers, despite many chemicals being "approved" for swimming, fishing, etc.

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I've had success controlling A Lotus with Navigate granular. It's a 2,4-D herbicide, and is a little slower acting than spraying a liquid glyphosate. If the flowers bloom and drop seed heads, then expect random A Lotus popups for several more years.

AFTERTHOUGHT: Navigate ain't cheap. It's roughly $4 a pound. You might want to take a look at other treatments this year that are much cheaper, and should reduce the total acreage that needs Navigate next year. Glyphosates work well, but A Lotus has very waxy leaves, and treatment using a nonionic surfactant is needed.

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Do you just broadcast the granular out early in the spring season, like before the lotus has emerged? Or how do you apply the granular form? My husband sprayed liquid 2,4-D directly on the lotus last night with a surfactant. However, the lotus has already flowered in some locations so I am planning ahead for next year. Thanks for your response!

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I waited until I started seeing the leaves, but that was just so I could target the worst areas first. I use a seed slinger that hangs around my neck, and always wear goggles and a face mask. Stay upwind, and spread it downwind if possible.


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