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How To Control Coontailcoontail control

While some aquatic weeds which grow in lakes and ponds bring some positive benefit to the ecosystem, too much of a weed can be undesirable and interfere with recreational water activities. Such is the case with coontail.

Coontail (Ceratophyllum demersum) is an invasive aquatic weed that grows below the surface of the water. Coon tail has not roots and floats freely in the water and has the capacity to form dense colonies which can cover large segments of a lake or pond. Coontail can be found in ponds, lakes and streams across the United States, Mexico, Canada and much of the world. Coontail multiples and spreads via small seeds and fragmentation. Fragmentation occurs when a part of the plant breaks off and forms into a new coontail plant.

The distinguishing characteristics of coontail are their green, forked, serrated leaves which have a stiffened feel and are arranged on stems in whorls. This arrangement looks similar to the tail of a raccoon hence it’s name. Coontail does provide benefit in bodies of water where it grows as fish like to consume the plant and will frequent areas where they are present. However, for most homeowners they do more harm than good by giving off an unsightly appearance when they are large in number and making it unappealing for fishing or swimming.

If you have coontail growing on your pond or lake, Solutions Pest and Lawn has the right stuff for you to clear them away.

How To Get Rid of Coontail: 3 Step Solution

When controlling aquatic weeds like coontail, you have options. You can either go the manual route and physically remove the weeds or go the chemical route. If you have a larger coontail problem where they have heavily overrun your pond or lake, physical control may be too labor intensive and time consuming to carry out. At Solutions Pest and Lawn we have aquatic herbicides which you can use to kill off coontail and prevent further growth. Take a look at our 3 step plan below where if followed closely, you can easily eliminate your coontail issue all by yourself.

Step 1: All chemical control treatments should start with a careful inspection. Survey your lake or pond and determine what the best and safest plan of option there is to take. You have to take into consideration how the lake or pond is utilized not only by humans but also the fishes and aquatic life that inhabits the water. Asking yourself these questions and weigh the pros and cons of control before proceeding with selecting the best aquatic herbicide for the removal process.

Step 2: Once you have carefully analyzed your pond and lake, you can than move on to selecting a treatment method to manage the coontail growth. At Solutions Pest and Lawn we have a large selection of different aquatic herbicides which come in both liquid or granular forms. Liquid herbicides are a great solution because they attack weed growth in shallow water on or above the ponds surface and can be spread evenly with a pump sprayer. This makes the control process efficient and convenient to physical removal.

Granular herbicides are best another good option especially 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 entirely up to your personal preference. You will see our recommendations below.

Step 3: Apply the the selected herbicide to your pond or lake during ideal temperatures and following the instructions carefully on the product label of the herbicide you chose. Depending on the size of your pond or lake, you may need to conduct treatment in sections, waiting 2 weeks between treatments until you’ve treated the entire body of water. There is a more detailed guide on applying weeds in our Knowledge base.

Browse our coontail control products below. If you need any assistance with your order or any DIY advice, you can contact us directly via email, live chat or by phone and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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