Pond Weed Identification Floating Lake Weeds

Floating Water Weeds

When it comes to identifying lake weeds, it may seem tricky, but there are really only two categories of lake weeds. Based on their identifying characteristics, you’ll be able to distinguish the two types of weeds from each other, and find out more about how to get rid of these weeds for a clear, beautiful lake surface. These two main weed categories are free-floating weeds and rooted floating weeds.

Identifying Floating weeds can be divided into two categories:

Identifying Free-Floating Lake Weeds

When you glance at a lake, you will notice free-floating weeds, which are weeds directly on top of the water’s surface. These are the most distinctive types of lake weeds because they rarely submerge themselves under the water, and mainly live atop the water’s surface. The weeds receive their necessary nutrients from the water as opposed to the lake’s soil bed.

So why are free-floating weeds detrimental to lakes? For several reasons. First, the weeds can spread rapidly, blanketing the water’s surface and inhibiting activities such as swimming, going out on a boat, canoeing, and fishing. After awhile, the weeds may cover the entire surface of the lake, making it impossible to enjoy the water and leaving the lake in disrepair.

Some free-floating weeds are easily mistaken for water lilies. The circular weeds, called the American Lotus, can grow up to two feet around. Other common free-floating weeds include Watermeal, which are small, seedlike weeds that float on the water and may look similar to algae, and Duckweed, which is a small oval weed that is commonly found floating atop ponds.

Other free-floating weeds take on the visage of leafy, green plants, such as the Sacred Lotus, and others look like plant clusters, such as the Salvina weed. All of these weeds are dangerous because they compromise the biodiversity of the water, and can lead to dead fish, lowered oxygen levels, and the death of healthy lake plants and vegetation. To remove free-floating weeds, there are several options depending on the type of weeds. Lake Bottom Blanket has the solutions you need to remove unhealthy, free-floating weeds from your lake or pond.

Identifying Rooted Floating Lake Weeds

The second type of common lake weed is the rooted floating weed. These weeds have immersed roots on the bottom of the lake, and float up above the water. A healthy lake needs a certain amount of rooted weeds to maintain healthy levels, but once the weeds take over and begin to grow, there can be a problem. At this point, the weeds must be controlled to a healthy amount in order to keep the lake clear, beautiful, and able to be enjoyed.

Some of the most common rooted floating weeds include the classic White and Yellow Water Lilly, as well as Water Shield, Pondweed, and Spatterdock. Most of these plants have distinct leaves that float on the lake’s surface, with stalks that root in the soil underneath. Some of these weeds may have colorful flowers. In small amounts, these weeds are good for providing fish and other water life with spots to live and hide, but in large amounts, the weeds can become destructive. Water Shield weeds have a brownish-red rust underside with green leaves on the top. Some weeds may have a slimy feel when you touch them.

Why are rooted floating weeds unhealthy for lakes and ponds? Like free-floating weeds, rooted weeds can spread quickly and become problematic for sea life, other plants, and the weeds can inhibit water recreation and enjoyment. Weeds like False Loosestrife tend to grow very tangled, which could become dangerous if boats become stuck in the weeds, or fish get stuck in the mats of the weeds.

Is it easy to get rid of rooted floating weeds? There are many ways to get rid of rooted floating weeds and control the weed population so it’s healthy, thriving, and productive, without spreading to an unhealthy and destructive weed blanket. Lake Bottom Blanket can help you identify your weeds and focus on how to control and eliminate unwanted weeds without endangering healthy plant or animal life.