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Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

How To Rid Your Pond Of Weeds

by Eugene Jones

A pond is a beautiful addition to any property and can create a rustic, natural quality. Unfortunately, however ponds take regular care and maintenance in order to continue looking their best. One of the worst qualities a pond can have is weed growth, but fortunately, if you catch it early enough- or before it starts- you can whack a weed problem pretty easily.

And, if the problem does grow beyond your control or you've got some especially tricky weeds, you can always call on aquatic weed control specialists for professional help.

Practice The "Draw-Down" Method

One effective weed control method to try is known as the "draw-down" method. With this method, you simply decrease the water level in your pond in late fall to early winter. This method can gradually reduce underwater growths that have already formed and can also get rid of weeds by exposing budding growth to winter temperatures.

This method is not suitable for very small ponds, which can easily crack at the surface if exposed to cold weather. It is also not a great choice if your weed problem is already well out of control. However, for small or just-starting weed issues, the "drawn-down" method can be very effective.

Grab a Rake

A rake is a simple tool that almost everyone has, and it can work wonders on weeds. This method works best if you actually strap on your boots and wade out into your pond. Then, use the rake to reach way down into the bottom of the pond, underneath the weeds that are visible at the surface. Your goal is to get the rake under the roots of the weeds and then to slowly but surely yank them out from the bottom.

This method does have some drawbacks. If care is not used, it's possible to damage the bottom of an artificial pond, which is why it's recommended mainly for those with natural ponds. The method can also be difficult to enact, especially if you've never used it before but for experienced pond owners, it can work quite well.

Try a Herbicide

Many people are against putting chemicals into a pond. However, when all else fails, it's worth a try. Once you have identified the type of weeds in your pond, visit a specialist or a home goods store to find the appropriate herbicide. Be especially careful in choosing a herbicide if you keep fish or other live animals in your pond since some products can be poisonous to animals as well as plants.

The strongest and most effective herbicides, however, are those used by professionals, so if you can't reach a solution on your own, it's time to call in the experts. To learn more, contact a company such as The Lake Doctors, Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.