Water Shield leaves are oval and shield-shaped. Its leaf stalks are attached at the centers of the leaf blades. Water Shield's submersed parts and undersides of leaves are covered with a viscous jelly-like substance. The flowers are small, dull purple, and emerge from the water on a stalk.
Other Names: Dollar Bonnet
Water Shield can be cut or the rhizomes can be dug up. It will be difficult to control this way because it will regrow from seeds and remaining rhizomes.
Systemic herbicides, such as Shoreline Defense, will work to kill the root of the plant.
Broad spectrum contact herbicides, such as Ultra PondWeed Defense, will quickly kill any part of the plant it touches but multiple treatments may be needed throughout the season.
Chemical Application Best Practices
Anytime you use chemicals treat weeds and algae, please keep in mind the following:
- Treat your pond in sections. Treat only half the pond's surface at a time. During hot weather or when treating heavy growth, it is important to treat no more than 1/4 of your pond at a time and wait the full 14 days before re-applying. This helps lower the risk of fish loss during hot weather or when treating heavy growth.
- Once the weeds have browned & died, use a weed cutter & rake to remove as much dead material as possible. This prevents an accumulation of dead plant material and muck.
- Take a proactive approach to pond management. Use PondClear, MuckAway and Pond Dye to keep your pond looking great. For more information, see our article on the Airmax Ecosystem.
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