Why herbicides can cause more problems than it solves- Algae by Paul Grosjean

Posted on 06-05-2017


Why herbicides can cause more problems than it solves- Algae

One thing about going to lake management conferences is that even though the issues remain the same, the people do not. Which means that ever year a few more homeowners or lake associations are getting educated about the things that matter for our lakes and ponds.


Herbicide Alternatives for Weed Control

One profound statement made this year, which is something that we have known for years, was "If there is no plant life competing for the phosphorus in the water then algae will take over". The herbicide pushers really do not like that statement since it was directed at them. Treating your weed issues with herbicides can cause many more problems than it solves. The formation of blue green algae's makes the water unusable, and possibly dangerously toxic.

 

Treating your weed issues with herbicides can cause many more problems than it solves. The formation of blue green algae's makes the water unusable, and possibly dangerously toxic.

There are many ways to control your weed problems, but algae is another animal. In some cases if not tested you have no idea there is a problem. The green water can cause several different issues depending on the type of bacteria. Microcystins (also known as cyanoginosins) are a class of toxins produced by certain freshwater cyanobacteria; primarily Microcystis aeruginosa but also other Microcystis, as well as members of the Planktothrix, Anabaena, Oscillatoria and Nostoc genera.

We think it's better to stay away from algae, or the chance to grow it. Use a device that can be placed in only areas of water usage, this will not throw the lake into an unbalanced mess. That is why Lake Bottom Blanket is your answer. Take care of your own waterfront and stay away from mass herbicide use.


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