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Long Lance Herbicide Application

To spray or not to spray – that is the question (with apologies to William Shakespeare on his anniversary)

John recently started a new LinkedIn discussion regarding the use of herbicide against non-native aquatic plant species. Here’s what he wrote.

“Over the last 10 years most approved aquatic herbicides have been removed from the market. Now it would seem that Glyphosate is the next target to come into the sights of the EU legislators. I suspect that all environmentally conscious people would prefer not to be introducing chemicals into the environment unnecessarily. However, the potential loss of Glyphosate, which in the form of Roundup Pro Bio is deemed to be one of the safest products for use in or near water, would present us with real challenges, not the least being the control of non-native species such as Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Floating Pennywort to name but a few.

As a responsible company working in the field of water management and maintenance, Kingcombe Aquacare is keen to find alternative procedures if they exist, but for some of these pernicious plants, which are destroying our native habitat, often in SSSIs, spraying with Glyphosate is the only commercially viable means of control.

I would be interested to know where other Chartered Environmentalists stand on this issue, and whether there are alternative non-native invasive weed control strategies that are commercially viable and successful. Indeed, I would be keen to know where the Institute stands on this issue!”

The ramifications of potentially losing the last remaining effective herbicide are huge and will spark many discussions of how best to control infestations of these non-native plants

Barley Straw

Barley Straw

If you own a lake that suffers from algae blooms during the warmer months, now is the time of year to consider introducing barley straw to inhibit growth of new algae. Here is Paul with a load of freshly made ‘sausages’ ready for delivery to one of our customers. We recommend barley straw is introduced in late winter so it is effective in the spring as it starts to decompose.

Each ‘sausage’ should be replaced annually to ensure there is a fresh dose of leachate to inhibit algae growth as the water warms up. If you own a formal water feature or a small pond and you are looking for an algae inhibitor we can supply a concentrated liquid version to do the same task. If you want to know more, Scott Rice is the man to talk to 01460 279 200.

Barley Straw
Barley Straw