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Emergent Weeds

Above the surface plants crowding you out?

Cattails are a common example of an Emergent plant. Emergent plants are rigid and do not rely upon water for support. Aggressive growth can block lake or pond access, foul beaches and migrate into once clear waters. New infestations of emergent plants like Cattails can actually eliminate vital shallow areas used by fish for breeding and prohibit recreational activities. Emergent plants trap debris like grass clippings and leaves. As this foundation builds creating shallower conditions the cattails further encroach accelerating the transition from open water to a dominant emergent weed pond or shoreline.

There are many emergent weed varieties; most can be controlled with easy topical treatments that allow for very selective control.
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Common Emergent Weeds:


Cattail plants are long, slender and grasslike. The leaves are flat and about one inch in width. Cattails usually produce a long stalk with a seed spike at the end. More information

Our #1 Recommendation - Rodeo herbicide


Bullrush may have triangular or round stems and may be leafy or have no leaves at all. The long stems usually have a cluster of brownish flowers and seeds at the end. There are many species of bulrush and they inhabit shallow water along shorelines. More Information

Our #1 Recommendation - Navigate Granular, Rodeo herbicide

Purple Loosestrife

Purple loosestrife is an erect, perennial weed that is easily identified by its reddish purple flower spikes borne from July through September. This is an extremely invasive and noxious weed and by law, it cannot be planted or transplanted.
Our #1 Recommendation - Rodeo herbicide


Water smartweed has alternately arranged, oblong leaves which are about four inches in length. The stem is distinctly jointed with conspicuous membranous stipules that ensheathe the stem at the joints. Smartweed flowers in midsummer with dense pink, rose, or white flowers held erect above the water. The plants may be emergent in shallow water or completely submersed with only the flowers visible above the surface. Smartweed commonly grows in shallow water along shorelines.
Our #1 Recommendation - Rodeo herbicide

Creeping Water Primrose

The plant is generally found in shallow water. Water primroses can grow to 5 to 6 feet tall. Stem is hollow, red colored with many leaves covered by minute soft hairs on both sides. Apply Rodeo to emergent portion of plant for excellent results.
Our #1 Recommendation - Rodeo herbicide

  Other common plants susceptible to Rodeo - Alligatorweed, Torpedograss, Waterwillow, Phragmites, Wild Rice most annual grasses, sedges and broadleaf weeds too.



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