Treatment Options For Duckweed In A Pond

Mark Washburn

Have you noticed patches of green covering the surface of your pond? If so, chances are it's duckweed.

While a small amount of duckweed can actually be beneficial to your pond, allowing fish to lay eggs and find shelter from predators, too much of it can create an oxygen shortage which can harm ecosystem balance.

So if you’re dealing with a duckweed invasion , here’s how to intelligently treat or kill it in your pond.

  1. Physical removal: Skimming or netting the duckweed off the surface of the water can be effective, but it must be done regularly to prevent regrowth.
  2. Beneficial Microbes: Our preferred method is to use beneficial microbes and aeration to help lower nutrients in the water column that feed the duckweed.   You must apply the microbes in the proper dosage ahead of the actual duckweed blooms for the best results.
  3. Chemical control: Algaecides and herbicides can be used to kill duckweed, but they may also harm other aquatic life and should be used with caution.
  4. Biological control: Introducing natural predators such as grass carp or tilapia can help control duckweed populations.
  5. Nutrient management: Duckweed thrives in nutrient-rich water, so reducing the amount of fertilizer used in the area surrounding the pond and properly maintaining septic systems can help prevent its growth.

It is important to note that a combination of methods is often necessary for effective control and the most effective method for controlling duckweed in a pond may vary depending on the specific pond conditions and surrounding environment.

It is also important to consult with a professional, as the use of chemicals or introduction of species might have unintended consequences.