Spring is just around the corner and pond owners may find that weeds are already starting to emerge. If not managed early they can become a bigger problem as the temperatures rise. One question that an owner may have is, “why do the weeds keep coming back year after year?”. There are many reasons that this can occur such as nutrients and sediments accumulating in the pond which stimulates the growth of unwanted weeds. Sometimes the owner has followed the best management practices that Clemson Extension suggests but if the upland neighbors have not, the problems persist. Therefore, not only pond owners but all stakeholders need to be aware of the practices that will protect ponds and all waterways. We must all remember that we all live upstream of a body of water!
Some best management practices to reduce negative impacts on water bodies downstream include the following:
If everyone takes part in conserving and protecting our waterways, we can improve the quality and secure the quantity of our water supply.
For more information, please visit Clemson Extension’s Land Grant Press Pond Weeds article and Carolina Yard’s Actions You Can Take article.
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