Tools and accessories
We are pleased to extend our selection of aquatic weed tools (shears, cutters, rakes and forks) to products such as Aquascreen, Water Weedsickle, Proskimmer, Water Flow Control Structures and Valves.
As aquatic habitats evolve due to nutrient loading, pollution or species competition, we know that the problems we face as water stewards can markedly change from year to year. Invasive aquatic plants such as duckweed and Eurasian Water Milfoil are becoming more problematic for many of our clients. Canadianpond.ca is here to assist with a wide array of aquatic weed management tools for many applications. We also carry other accessories to help manage surface waters. See below for details and follow links to our product pages.
Invasive aquatic plants represent a serious problem for some pond and lake owners. Unfortunately, many aquatic weed infestations are dealt with through the use of aquatic herbicides. Fluridone is an aquatic herbicide often used to control invasive plants. It can be found under the names Sonar, Avast! and Whitecap and is used in the United States to control hydrilla and Eurasian watermilfoil among other species. These chemicals are applied directly to lakes and can seriously harm the ecosystem, endangered species and threaten human health. Please note that herbicides and algaecides are two very different things: the latter can be safely used in closed water systems following directions carefully.
Here in Canada we have no choice but to look for non-toxic alternatives as the use of herbicides is not permitted. There are factors that can be controlled and others that are more difficult to manage. For instance, we cannot easily control the billions of seeds released from cattails every fall. We can however manage the sediment in strategic locations to inhibit unwanted seed germination. Please do not forget to visit our water treatments, aeration and algaecides sections as swell as our related content section at the bottom of this page to find out about all your options to deal with unwanted aquatic weeds and algae.
Our tools can help manage unwanted aquatic weeds, here is how:
- Mechanical harvesting, cutting, scooping of aquatic plants (Aquatic Weed Rakes and Cutters, Water Weedsickle, Proskimmer);
- Blocking plant germination while allowing gaseous exchange (Aquascreen);
- Blocking UV rays, creating shade to reduce deep water plant production (Pond dyes);
- Nutrient reduction in water column and in sediment (aeration and Beneficial Bacteria), reducing habitat for many invasive aquatic plants;
- Increasing available oxygen (O2) in an aquatic system (aeration), to assist with beneficial bacterial production and slow down eutrophication;
- Controlling surface run-off entering a basin (Water Level Control Structures and Valves).
Aquatic Weed Shear, Cutters, Rakes and Forks
Canadianpond.ca carries a good selection of aquatic weed-cutting hand tools that include rakes (Lake Rake, Big Tooth Lake Rake), a fork, and one direction or two direction cutters (Weed Shear, Aquatic Weed Eradicator). For some submerged aquatic weeds, regular cutting will weaken the plant and interfere with its ability to reproduce by seed.
Water Weedsickle, Motorized Aquatic weed cutter
For larger bodies of water we have the Water Weedsickle which is a motorized aquatic weed cutter. It is battery operated and attaches to port, starboard or stern of a boat. The cutting tool will cut to a depth of 4 feet. It improves boat access, paddling and water skiing in areas choked with submerged aquatic weeds.
We have clients in a bay in the Kawartha’s region who have purchased this unit and shared it with the neighbors, much like a lake association would do. Their bay is shallow and full of mats of thick Eurasian milfoil. They take turns “mowing” a path to their docks, so they have easier access for the boats and for water skiing.
Aquascreen Aquatic Weed Barrier
Aquascreen is a good choice for situations where a bottom barrier to slow unwanted aquatic weed growth is desired, for instance at a beach or below a dock. This fibreglass mesh coated with PVC has a durable design that allows gaseous exchange at the sediment level while inhibiting plant growth underneath. This benthic barrier is an environmentally friendly solution to control unwanted invasive pond weeds such as: Canada Waterweed, Elodea canadensis, Milfoil, Myriophyllum spicatum, Water stargrass, Heteranthera dubia, Wild celery, Vallisneria americana, Potamogeton and other pond weeds. Ponds and lakes maintenance and beaches upkeep as never been so easy!
One client of ours decided to renovate his pond to remove the proliferation of aquatic plants that thrived there. Some were planted, some arrived naturally. After re-digging the pond, he hired us to line the entire pond with Aquascreen. A big job, but certainly worth the effort! Every two years or so, it is recommended to clean the Aquascreen by removing the organic sediment that settles on its surface.
Proskimmer, duckweed and watermeal removal
Waste water treatment ponds are often choked with Duckweed (Lemnoideae) or Watermeal (Wolffia) due to the presence of high levels of phosphorous. Proskimmer is a mechanical method that effectively removes these tiny floating aquatic weeds, without the use of herbicides.
A local municipality installed the Proskimmer at one of their waste water treatment basins and within 3 days of operations, the entire surface area was clear of duckweed.
- What to do about invasive aquatic weeds in your pond
- Control of milfoil with aeration, water circulation, & bacteria
- Invasive, Non-native, Indigenous Aquatic Plants! What?
- Some needed help for the La Fontaine Park in Montreal
- Duckweed, watermeal environmental solution for ponds & lakes
- Step-by-step Aquascreen installation in pictures
- The Pond and Lake Experts have Aquatic Weeds in their Pond!
- Water fringe, an aquatic plant you don’t want to see in your pond!