Lets face it, nobody likes swimming in a lake that is filled with weeds and mucky bottoms. The idea of aquatic herbicides sounds effective, but not like something you want to swim in. Thankfully a new benthic barrier technology is making weed free swimming a real possibility for lakefront property owners.
There are so many great things about owning lakefront property. In addition to the amazing views and quiet location, there’s also the fun of swimming, boating and water sports. However, it’s difficult to enjoy the water when a beach becomes infested with unsightly weeds. It’s a problem many homeowners face when they own lakefront property, and other methods of removal like aquatic herbicides just don’t do the trick. This recurring issue can put a serious damper on the summer, but fortunately, there’s a new solution to this problem.
The latest technology in aquatic weed management is the LakeMat. These large mats, which are laid on the sandy floor of a lake, are made of a unique fabric matrix. The mat is porous so that water can move through it, but it blocks out 99% of the sun’s rays to prevent weeds from further growth. Plus, the mat provides a soft, comfortable surface for swimmers to walk on. The mat itself contains the weight needed to keep it on the lake floor. After about three weeks, the entire root system of the aquatic weeds under the mat die out, allowing the mat to be removed to switched to a different weedy area. The mat is nearly weightless in water, making it easy to move from one location to the next.
Many homeowners have found that by placing LakeMats in their shallow beach area, swimmers can once again enjoy a weed-free swimming experience. It’s a simple solution to control lake weeds that doesn’t harm the environment or endanger swimmers. Because the mats can be purchased in a range of sizes, homeowners can apply them in only the areas that they want to be weed-free. Unlike aquatic herbicides, they don’t include dangerous chemicals which can harm natural wildlife or swimmers. LakeMats are a safe and easy way to get rid of weeds quickly in any lake environment.
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