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Bulrushes are aquatic weeds which commonly grow around ponds and lake and provide an excellent habitat for wild birds and other smaller animals and they have the capacity to trap beneficial bacteria in their tangled root system and provide nesting cover for bass and bluegill. This plant is even mentioned in the Bible during the story of Moses where the child was cast out into the river amongst the bulrushes. As beneficial as this plant is to the ecosystem, the plant can become an annoying weed which can get caught into boat motors, clog up waterways and choke out other vegetation. When it comes to recreational activities, bulrushes also create a roadblock for swimming and fishing.

Bulrush is a member of Cyperaceae or the sedge family, which is comprised of nearly 4,000 species and 70 genera. Bulrush can be either an annual or perennial plants and resembles grass but can grow up to 10 feet tall in shallow water or in moist soils. There are also varieties which can be either hard-stemmed or soft-stemmed.

If left untreated, bulrush can quickly overtake an area with a thick colony of clumped together plants. If you have bulrush on your property, Solutions Pest and Lawn can equip you with all you need to clean up your body of water and rid these nuisances.

How To Get Rid Of Bulrush: 3 Step Solution

Bulrush can be quite a challenge to control because it is actually a government protected plant in multiple states so it is important to know how to kill bulrushes without harming natural habitat and wildlife. Manually controlling bulrush via physically pulling them right is effective but not ideal especially if there is a large amount of bulrush to deal with. That is why we suggest using chemical control to eliminate these aquatic weeds. Below we have laid out three simple steps to follow in order to be successful in eliminating bulrush from a body of water.

Step 1: Before carrying out any chemical control treatments, we recommend conducting a thorough inspection and survey of the body of water where the bulrush is growing. It must be taken into consideration how the lake or pond is used, the size of the lake and the aquatic life that inhabits the water as well as the wildlife that frequents the water. Asking yourself these questions will help you to determine what the best aquatic herbicide should be used for your particular situation and how to approach treatment so no there is no harm done to the habitat and the aquatic wildlife.

Step 2: Once factors like plant, fisheries and human considerations are figured out, you can than move on to selecting a treatment method to manage the growth. At Solutions Pest and Lawn we have a myriad of different aquatic herbicides and come in both liquid or granular forms. Liquid herbicides like are a great option because they attack weed growth in shallow water on or above the ponds surface and can be spread uniformly via pump sprayer.

Granular herbicides are best utilized when weeds are submerged as blankets under the water surface, in deep areas of the pond or in ponds with flowing water. These heavier granules can be applied with a hand spreader and will sink directly onto the weed beds. What you select is up to you, we have some recommendations below.

Step 3: Apply the herbicide of your choosing to your pond or lake during ideal temperatures. Generally, we recommend treatment later in the season as seed heads appear. Later in the season the bulrush is directing its energy to storage in its roots.Depending on the size of your pond, you may need to treat the pond in sections, waiting 2 weeks between treatments until you’ve treated the entire pond. There is a more detailed guide on applying weeds in our Knowledge base.

Browse our bulrush control products below. If you need any assistance when selecting the best herbicide for your pond or lake it may be helpful to refer to our online DIY guides at Solutionsstores.com or contact us directly via email, live chat or by phone.

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