Aquatic weed control is important for a number of reasons. One of the most important reasons is to keep invasive and noxious weeds at bay so that Florida's native vegetation are not overcome, ultimately leading to their disappearance and ecological imbalance. A second reason is the keep ditches and canals from becoming clogged with overgrown vegetation, leading to drainage issues and the inability to navigate a body of water via boat. Below are a few examples of some of our beneficial native aquatic plants, and then some examples of invasives that we strive to control.
Native Aquatic Plants
These plants are some examples of native aquatic plants (beneficial). Very rarely do they need to be controlled unless they begin taking over a waterway.
Invasive or Noxious Plants
These are some examples of plants that do not belong in Florida and can quickly take over an area if not properly controlled. All have been imported, some from the aquarium trade and others as introduced ornamentals.
Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)
Brazillian Pepper Tree (Schinus terebinthifolia)
Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata)
Melaleuca (Melaleuca quinquenervia)
Torpedograss (Panicum repens)