Identifying and Managing Aquatic Plant Growth in Ponds (Videos)

This video provides an overview of aquatic plants.

Proper pond management practices should always start with an assessment and inspection of the current conditions in the pond.

When aquatic plants and algae grow abundantly, many pond and lake owners only think about ways to pull, rake, or kill the offending plant. But keep in mind that plants and algae are responding to certain conditions in the pond--namely, overabundant nutrients.

While aquatic plants and algae can sometimes interfere with pond uses, they also serve vital roles in supporting the fish and animal life that make up the pond ecosystem.

Herbicides are often the first thing pond owners turn to when nuisance aquatic plants appear in their ponds.

There are a few biological methods, that when applied correctly can be very effective and environmentally friendly to your pond.

There are a variety of physical control strategies that can be employed. Physically harvesting aquatic plants can have a positive, long-lasting effect.

Knowing what kinds of aquatic plants may be growing in a pond is the first step to obtaining an ideal balance of plant life to meet the pond's intended use. This video will look at the four categories of pond plants, and some of the most common aquatic plants that are found in Pennsylvania.