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The Pond Guy has a very good and quick weed ID service.....no obligation to buy any herbicides from them but they will tell you if it is invasive and if it is how to kill it. Send a decent picture off your smartphone and they will be back to you in 24 hours or less.

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Nothing but what you see. Thought it was cattail but never has the brown seed thingy at the ends. Stands about 3-4' out of the water

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Originally Posted By: bassmaster61
The Pond Guy has a very good and quick weed ID service.....no obligation to buy any herbicides from them but they will tell you if it is invasive and if it is how to kill it. Send a decent picture off your smartphone and they will be back to you in 24 hours or less.

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BM61,

I sent the e-mail to Pond Guy as you suggested. Their reply, "This weed looks just like a shoreline grass...." So, at least in their opinion, it's not cattails.

As it seems easily controlled by a pond safe glyphosate, I think I will keep a small area as another type of habitat when the water level goes back up.

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Must be at least similar to what you neighbor has so it will be interesting to see if it forms any kind of flower or seed head.

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Originally Posted By: Bill D.
I think I will keep a small area as another type of habitat when the water level goes back up.


Bill, please do. I'm looking for something with similar density to kissimmee grass, and can do well in marginal water.


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I'd be willing to bet that you will see cattail flowers next June or early July.....


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Al, I think kissimmee grass is a type of bullrush, not a grass. I see different species referenced as kissimmee grass but most look like phragmites to me. Maybe you need to drive to Florida and take a shovel? wink


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I'd be willing to bet that you will see cattail flowers next June or early July.....


I think even if it is cattails, as the area is small, I will just remove seed heads and still allow an area to form by runners and just control its size with glyphosate. See a downside?

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Scott, to be honest, if I thought that work for me, I'd make the drive to Florida n a heartbeat.

I'll be opening up 2017 with a pond almost completely void of vegetation. You've been here, and know that means tons of new cover, as fast, and cheap as possible. 3-3.5 acres worth seems about right.


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Originally Posted By: Bill D.
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I'd be willing to bet that you will see cattail flowers next June or early July.....


I think even if it is cattails, as the area is small, I will just remove seed heads and still allow an area to form by runners and just control its size with glyphosate. See a downside?


The only downside is the attention and labor it will require.


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Originally Posted By: FireIsHot
Scott, to be honest, if I thought that work for me, I'd make the drive to Florida n a heartbeat.


Al, I have some plants still growing in my pond that were brought back here in 5 gal buckets from my buddies place near Miller Grove. That was probably 5-6 years ago.....


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Looks like cattail to me

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Thanks for the AquaPlant aquatic plant id site "ewest"!

I have something that I've never seen in my pond and I've had it for over 20 years. From the pics on the link to the AquaPlant aquatic plant id site, I assume it may be "Common Salvinia" maybe?? It's taken over pretty bad this year. It's floating, not attached to anything nor does it have long roots or anything. The whole mess of it will shift to one side of the pond on a windy day, so I'm planning on scooping as much as I can out next time this happens. But in the meantime I'd like to know what it is and/or what I can do to get rid of it, so that it doesn't come back after I get it all out, or as much as I can anyway. Thanks in advance to anyone who has any advice! (See attached pics)

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Looks like salvinia to me too. That stuff completely covered my 14 acre duck lease pond and killed every bit of the widgeon grass. Very invasive. There is a weavel that will kill it, otherwise itll take chemicals to irradiate it. Or you can wait for winter and pray for below 30 degree temps for an extended period.

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Not sure what I got here. Just statywd growing along the sides in a few places. It's the early stages so if it's not good I have a chance of taking it out still. Any suggestions?

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Originally Posted by RStringer
Not sure what I got here. Just statywd growing along the sides in a few places. It's the early stages so if it's not good I have a chance of taking it out still. Any suggestions?


That looks like it's one of the Potamogeton species. I'd like to have that in more of my clients ponds. It is easily treatable with chemicals or by mechanical means if it starts to cover too much of the pond for you.


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I have a new plant growing. So far its prolly 5-6 feet long and spreading fairly fast. I dont see it anywhere else. If it's good great but if not it would be easy to pull it out now. Any help fellas? I'm color blind so trying to use the plant I'd is really hard for me.

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I forgot to thank you for letting me know the plant a few post back. After reading it i went out and spread it around in a few places. It grows pretty fast and looks nice. So thank you


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RS, the last pic closely resembles Creeping Water Primrose. I just transplanted some into my pond. The pond it came from was very old. The plants appeared to be rooted in a foot of water, two at most, but would extend out to 6 to eight feet from the shore line. It is easy to pull up from the pond floor and will grow up the bank so long as the soil stays very wet.


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Sweet thank you....


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I am having a 1.2 acre pond dug in Maine in about a month. It will primarily be filled with ground water but there is a rivulet that flows after rain, snowmelt, etc. that will flow directly into and out of it as well. We have had record rainfall this summer so it has been flowing almost nonstop since June. I noticed this ugly brown plant growing in it and thought I would reach out to the community here for some help. The water around here tends to be tannic and looks like dilute coffee.

What is it?
Should I be worried about it?
Is it harmful or just ugly?
Is it here only because of the record rainfall this year, or should I expect it to be in the pond as well?
Is there something I can do about it preemptively before the excavator arrives next month, or something I can do about it after the fact?
Will crayfish take care of it?

Thanks in advance for any help here from the professionals. I can take some close up photos if that's helpful.

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I don't think it's a plant, it might very well be a type of algae.


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Several things can be somewhat that color. Iron deposits , euglena (a type of plankton) - and some FA. My bet is the last but it is a wild guess. How did the water look ?
















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I'll have a closer look in the next couple days and see if I can get some closer photos. I may have a chance to have a look microscopically before the project starts as well. Unfortunately that microscope doesn't have a camera hooked up to it yet though.

The water isn't turbid but has the appearance of dilute black coffee which is typical of this region.

Thanks for your feedback. I'll put up some more photos when I have them.

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