What is Eurasian Water Milfoil

Myriophyllum (water milfoil) is a genus of about 45 species of freshwater aquatic plants, with acosmopolitan distribution. Its name comes from Latin, “myrio” meaning “too many to count”, and “phyllum”, meaning “leaf”.

These submersed aquatic plants have whorled leaves that are finely, pinnately divided. The leaves above the water are stiffer and smaller than the submerged leaves on the same plant. The flowersare small with four petals and are borne in the leaf axils or in a terminal, emergent spike.

Waterfowl eat the fruits and leaves and muskrats eat the entire plant.

It has a long soft but fairly brittle stem. The leaves of the plant only present near surface of the water, while flowers are formed above the surface of the pond.

Various species of water milfoil have become naturalized in water bodies of nearly every state in the continental U.S.

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A common species, Eurasian water milfoil, is often controlled with herbicide containing the chemical diquat dibromide. Control can also be done through careful mechanical management, such as with WeedShear but caution must be used since this is a fragmenting plant, and the fragments may grow back. Milfoil is an invasive aquatic plant species from Asia.

Mechanical management can include the use of a long reach lake rake or aquatic weed razor blade tool. Using these tools would be similar to lawn work. These tools are most effective before seeds set. Another very effective use is to keep the plants from ever starting to grow through the use of a Weed Roller or a Beach Groomer. These are considered to be automated and unattended machines. Permits may be required by various states. A guide to state permits and aquatic vegetation management can be found at https://www.WeedersDigest.com

The Lake Weed Shear Offers a New and Improved Pond and Lake Weed Cutting Technique Providing a Responsible Alternative to Aquatic Herbicides

Through the years, traditional lake and pond weed control has been accomplished through the use of aquatic herbicides, however, highly productive tools such as the redesigned Lake Weed Shear can now eliminate the need for these potentially dangerous herbicides in managed waters. The Lake and Pond Weed Shear can cut weeds such as milfoil, hydrilla, coon tail, curly leaf pond weed, hyacinth, lily pads and cattails with ease.

There has always been a debate about how to manage the aquatic weeds in a lake or pond: applying chemical herbicides or harvesting. Chemical applications of Hydrothol or Aquathol are oftentimes frowned upon due to the unknown long term effects. Harvesting, when accomplished through cutting or tearing out weeds, can cause stray plant fragments that replant themselves elsewhere in the body of water.

From a purely environmental point of view it would be more beneficial to abstain from any form of lake weed cutting or chemical treatment. On the other hand, waterfront owners will oftentimes take matters into their own hands in order to enjoy their shoreline investment regardless of the environmental impact. That is the conflict that many lake and pond communities, lake associations and homeowner associations constantly face.

If weed abatement is to be conducted in designated areas for recreational or aesthetic reasons, cutting would be considered the lesser of the two evils. Removing the plant close to the bottom would be the preferred method, followed up with thorough raking and skimming of all fragments.

A redesign of a unique tool for aquatic plant management has been introduced for 2007 as “The WeedShear” (https://www.WeedersDigest.com). The WeedShear was originally deigned for the benefit of professional water managers but has been made available for individual lakeshore and pond owners and is now distributed through qualified marine and aquatic dealers.

The WeedShear’s unique 48″ wide V shaped cutting blades allow the operator to easily cut a 25′ long, 4′ wide swath with each pass. The WeedShear is light enough to toss from the shore, dock or pier, yet heavy enough to sink to the bottom regardless of the depth. The razor-like blades literally skim the bottom cutting all weeds at the base as the tool is retrieved with the attached 25′ leash.

The WeedShear is distributed by qualified aquatic and marine related retailers and is aggressively seeking additional distributors nationally and internationally. Contact Weeders Digest by visiting https://www.WeedersDigest.com for more information about becoming a dealer or distributor.

According to the website, customer satisfaction is guaranteed with the WeedShear: “If the WeedShear is not the best tool you have ever used for cutting lake or pond weeds, return it for a complete refund.” Now that is confidence!