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Lily pads, the leaves of any species of water lily, rest on the surface of ponds, lakes and other stagnant waters, depleting nutrients and out-competing native species. The roots grow in the pond bottom at depths up to 8 feet. Although water lilies p

How to Kill a Lily Pad

Lily pads, the leaves of any species of water lily, rest on the surface of ponds, lakes and other stagnant waters, depleting nutrients and out-competing native species. The roots grow in the pond bottom at depths up to 8 feet. Although water lilies provide fish with hiding spots, these invasive plants expand quickly and become difficult to control and eliminate. Expert pond managers can kill lily pads or you can use a few common tools to keep the plants under control.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

RakeKnifeTrowelAquatic pesticide

Instructions

1 Use a rake from the shore to pull in the leafy portions of the plants.

2 Enter the pond and cut the water lily stalks as low as possible.

3 Enter the pond and uproot the water lilies as you would any other weed. Use a trowel to loosen the soil if necessary.

4 Use aquatic pesticides specifically made for emersed aquatic weeds on a small section of the pond. Spraying the leaves is more effective than submersing pelleted chemicals.

5 Wait at least two weeks before repeating the treatment for other sections of the pond.

6 Repeat treatment as needed throughout the summer. Uprooted plants take longer to grow back than trimmed plants.

Tips and warnings

Treat up to a quarter of the pond at a time to avoid nutrient swings and fish deaths.

Automated equipment exists for rotating pond beds and uprooting plants, but they tend to be expensive.

Aphids feed on lily pads, so making the environment more aphid-friendly may kill more lily pads.

Do not leave detached water lily pieces in the water to rot. Instead, remove them from the water to compost.

Walking amongst water lilies can cause drowning if your feet become entangled. Do not do this alone.

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