Bushy Pondweed - Friend or Foe?

Rob has about a 1-acre pond. He noticed strange dark green weeds growing one morning.

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Bushy Pondweed - Naiads

Rob has about a 1-acre pond. He noticed strange dark green weeds growing one morning. He decided to wait a few weeks to see if it would go away on its own. It didn’t grow quickly, but it wasn’t going away.

He didn’t want to wake up one morning to an embarrassing weed-covered pond, so he decided to call us for guidance.

It turned out to be Bushy Pondweed. We had dealt with this many times, so we were able to reassure him that it was not a hard fix and that it could even be good sometimes.

We explained that Naiads (bushy pondweed) could be used for food for animals but that too much of it (like anything) can harm your pond.

We talked to him about protecting, planning, and preserving his pond with our secret formula for a healthy and happy pond.

He decided becoming a member would be the best way to keep his pond healthy and beautiful for generations to come.

What is Bushy Pondweed?

Naiad (also known as southern naiad, water naiad, brittle naiad, slender naiad, sing leaf naiad, or Bushy Pondweed) is a plant that grows annually, forming dense stands of rooted, submerged vegetation in ponds and lakes.

They grow entirely submerged in clear water depths of up to 20 feet and can grow from seed each year. The scientific name is Najas flexilis.

What does Bushy Pondweed look like?

Naiad branches and forms dense strands of rooted vegetation. The leaves are dark green and may have a little purple in them. They are narrow with tiny spines around the edges, opposite or in a whirl of three.

Mostly, the leaves are less than a half an inch long and an eighth of an inch wide. You can find single seeds in the leaf sheath. Naiads can have small flowers at the base of the leaves; however, the flowers are so small, they can only be seen by magnification.


How fast does Bushy Pondweed grow?

Bushy Pondweed doesn’t grow quickly. It grows annually and can reproduce by seeds or by fragmentation. It is not a total nuisance. It can, however, hinder better plants from moving in. On the other hand, if removed, it can also allow room for less desirable plants to move in.

How do I kill Busy Pondweed?

Naiad can be removed by raking or seining, however, it can reestablish by fragmentation. For best results, it will need several chemical treatments to control.

Taking care of your lake or pond is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. As your local pond management professionals, we’ve been there. Let us help guide you as a member to protect, plan, and preserve your pond or lake if you live in the Charlotte NC, Asheville NC, and Greenville SC areas.

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