August 22, 2018
Got DuckWeed?
Controlling Duckweed – How to Kill Duckweed Weeds
By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Common duckweed (Lemna minor) is a rapidly spreading aquatic plant that deprives ponds of oxygen and leads to the death of fish and beneficial algae in still waters. It is important to get rid of duckweed for the health of your pond and existing aquatic life.
Duckweed is most often found in nutrient rich ponds, those where a buildup of leaves on the bottom creates stratification. Black, smelly ooze is a primary source of food for duckweed. Older ponds and those in quiet, undisturbed areas are likely candidates to need duckweed killer, as this is where the invasive, nuisance weed prefers to grow. Duckweed is often accompanied by a similar, smaller plant called watermeal. The two work together to cover susceptible ponds quickly when proper conditions exist.
It is important for duckweed control to begin as early in spring as possible. Successful duckweed control for ponds covered on the surface can take several years. Duckweed can quickly take over the surface of the pond, decreasing oxygen levels necessary for fish and desirable aquatic plants to live there. Visiting Canadian geese, agricultural and animal lot runoff, lawn fertilizer and septic tanks that do not work properly contribute to high nutrient levels. Ponds that are naturally in motion by wind or moving water have fewer problems and need less duckweed control.
How to Kill Duckweed
The most effective and safest way of controlling duckweed is prevention. Natural ways of controlling duckweed can eliminate the need for chemical treatments, which may be required once the duckweed infestation has progressed. Nutrient reduction in ponds aid in controlling duckweed, as does bubble aeration. Nutrient reduction deprives duckweed of what it must have to grow and spread and decreases the need for chemical duckweed killer. Duckweed control includes the removal of leaf buildup on the bottom of the pond. Catch falling leaves in autumn before they reach the pond floor by placing netting or other material on top of the water as a partial means of duckweed control.
Controlling duckweed includes the physical removal of duckweed and watermeal plants. Wait for a windy day when the breeze can assist in controlling duckweed. When plants are pushed to the sides and edges of the pond, manually remove them with a long-handled swimming pool net or other appropriate device that can reach the duckweed and scoop them out of the water. Manual removal alone is not enough to get rid of duckweed, but can help with reducing the amount. This practice must be repeated. Learning how to kill duckweed and preventing its buildup can keep your pond clear, unobstructed and help maintain a good environment for aquatic fish and plants. Aeration that reaches the bottom of the pond can disrupt the cycle of sediment buildup which encourages conditions appropriate for duckweed growth.
Biological Duckweed Control
Add natural predators of duckweed, such as Koi, grass carp, goldfish and domesticated waterfowl. Alone these biological controls cannot remove the problem, but if introduced to the pond before duckweed begins to grow, they can assist with duckweed control. Get rid of duckweed before it takes over the pond by increasing aeration at the bottom, manually removing plants from the surface and reducing nutrients that create bottom sediment. Try a combination of these methods before resorting to chemical duckweed control.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Controlling Duckweed – How to Kill Duckweed 

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Containing the colonies: Keeping ants out of your pavers and outdoor kitchen
Beautiful walks and an outdoor food prep/eating space are the most welcoming elements of an outdoor living space. The last guests a homeowner wants to invite over is a colony of ants. A few preventative steps and treatments can help you keep your pavers and kitchen clear of these uninvited pests.
Wipe down the surfaces – often. 
Cleaning your outdoor kitchen’s surfaces of food or spills on a frequent basis is the most important strategy in the fight against ants. Ants can learn where sugar sources typically reside and will return to those sites looking for new food. Preventing the ants from learning where you prepare and cook food goes a long way in keeping your counters ant-free. Usually the counters can be cleaned with a mild soap and water, but check your manufacturer’s recommendation. Don’t neglect the vertical spaces like kick plates and cabinet doors. Spills hit those areas too.
Empty trash frequently.
If your cabinetry contains a trash drawer, tie the bag until it is ready for removal. Clean up any spills in the drawer and wipe it down often.
Use a 50/50 vinegar/water solution to kill insects.
Outdoor kitchens are weatherproofed, meaning the water will drain off the countertop safely. The solution is safe for food prep areas. Avoid spraying ant killer where food is prepared and served.
Lay down baited pest-control solutions. Baited poisons work to attract the ants and send them back to their colonies to distribute the poison. Use a kitchen-and-food safe gel ant bait or powder inside the cabinetry or along the edges of the structure. Frequent applications of the pest solution may be necessary if heavy rains occur. Keep applying the pest-control solution until the ants don’t return to the counters.
Treat the pavers with pest powder. 
The little volcano-shaped piles of earth around the patio are evidence that ants are building homes under your pavers. Spray the pavers with an ant control solution or sweep a powder or granules over the surface, making sure to let the powder settle into the spaces between pavers. Repeat the treatment according to package directions. It may take a few tries before all the different ant colonies are eliminated. If joint sand in the paver construction seems to have been displaced by nesting ants, call your contractor or landscaper. Ask about possibilities for joint repair along with an insecticide application to help prevent the ants from nesting in the joints.
Ants aren’t the guests we want, but they are the invaders we should expect.
Follow these preventative steps regularly to help keep your pavers and outdoor kitchen clear and ready to host friends and family.
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Fall is right around the corner.  Now is the time to take an inventory of your Fall Pond Prep Supplies, and take advantage of our early buy program!  Place your order by September 15th and SAVE!  Click the link below to check out our great deals!
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