Trying to positively identify aquatic weeds and vegetation: Many plants look alike, especially when they are in water. Some of them are affected by one herbicide and not another. New aggressive, invasive plants species are establishing in our region.
Knowing the products available to use for treatment: We attend continuing education conferences and stay up to date on herbicides, algaecides and treatment enhancements. Labels, product use, and research are changing. Selecting the right approach can be a puzzle.
Treatment done incorrectly can have serious consequences: Some treatments can be toxic to fish if not correctly applied and some treatments can reduce oxygen in the pond causing a fish kill. Off-target, desirable plants can be affected with the wrong treatment or a poorly applied treatment. (Irises, oak trees, etc.)
Investment: Depending on your situation and the vegetation that is an issue, you may be required to use several products. Like most things they are less expensive purchased in larger containers. We purchase large quantities and have the combinations on hand for special recipes for effective applications. Application equipment requires purchase, cleaning, maintenance and storage.