Vallisneria Control in Ponds and Lakes

What is Vallisneria?

Vallisneria, more commonly known as eelgrass, tape grass or vallis is a type of freshwater aquatic plant. Vallisneria has long ribbon-like blades with a vein pattern that can grow up to three to four feet long. It can form extensive underwater meadows that creates a natural habitat invertebrates and fish.

How to control Vallisneria

When left uncontrolled, Vallisneria can overwhelm lakes, streams and ponds. Sometimes the most effective way to control this fast-growing plant is a multi-pronged approach. Vallisneria can be controlled by:

  1. Cutting or dredging
  2. Fertilization to produce an algae which prevents roots from establishing
  3. Using non-toxic dyes to prevent growth by limiting sunlight to the plant
  4. Installing a physical barrier or “blanket” to block sunlight
  5. Using aquatic herbicides to control growth

Need help maintaining your pond or wetland?

If you need help in controlling Vallisneria and maintaining your pond or wetland, contact Estate Management Services today for a free, no-obligation site surveys and consultation. Call us at 1-888-307-6637 or fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation today.

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