Pond Management with lily pads

Asked March 20, 2018, 8:21 AM EDT

I live in South Chesterfield and have a 1-2 acre pond on my property. Over the years, lily pads have invaded the pond. The pond contains fish (bass, crappie & brim) as well as turtles. The lily pads have consumed about 3/4 of the pond. We have tried numerous products to get rid of the majority of the lily pads. While they all work for about 4-8 weeks, the lily pads still come back and multiply even further. Looking for advice on how to eliminate the lily pads from the majority of the pond.

Chesterfield County Virginia

1 Response

Not sure which products you have used previously. While 2,4 D and glyphosate products are generally cheaper and more readily available, they don't always kill plant down to the root and with lily extensive rhizomes, they usually come back.

I think a triclopyr or imazapyr product (labelled for aquatic use) will translocate to roots and do a more permanent job.
More info at:

remember when treating pond weeds only do small portion at a time (i.e. 1/3 of total pond coverage) to avoid oxygen depletion caused by decaying vegetation.

and always follow label