When it comes to pond weed control products, our customers all want the same thing: the best results possible (short-term and long-term) for the least amount of money. So in this post, I’m going to talk about value. Specifically, here’s how to apply pond weed control products so you don’t waste your time and money.
Know which type of product you’re using
In general, pond weed control products work in one of two ways: systemic or contact. A systemic product (such as Sonar®) is processed by the plant’s root system. A contact herbicide only affects what it touches.
If you are applying a systemic product like Sonar®, you want to get it into the water – not directly on the weeds. When placed directly into the water, Sonar® has the opportunity to travel throughout the entire water column allowing the plants to freely absorb the product.
If you are applying a contact product, you want to get it on the weeds directly. Contact products only control what they touch, so take your time and saturate only what you want to control. You also want to make sure the product is able to penetrate. That’s why it is useful to apply a surfactant (AKA sticking agent) such as Cide-Kick®. Cide-Kick helps prevent your product from beading up and running off. Some people may tell you to use dish soap as a surfactant, but I will caution that there may be perfumes in the soap that could kill fish. Cide-Kick, on the other hand, is a by-product of the citrus industry specifically designed for use with pond weed control products.
Be informed and be safe
Each product is different. To get the best (and safest) results, always read the label before you apply pond weed control products.