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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

Now is the time to book our AquaTractor Weed Cutting Boat

On the whole we have had another mild winter so far. I tend to gauge it by how often I have to mow the lawn and I haven’t stopped yet this winter!

It seems as though the aquatic weed has been reluctant to slow down too and this has created an increase in the maintenance requirements for some of our clients. For those with smaller ponds it is possible to cut weed out and remove it by hand. However, this ceases to become cost effective when it comes to larger ponds and lakes.

Luckily help is at hand for those with larger bodies of water as many choose to use our AquaTractor boat to cut and remove the weed for them. The boat is extremely capable and is primarily used to cut and remove submerged weed, rafts of algae and collect duckweed. Last summer we removed masses of floating debris and weed from various sites.

Clearing Weed - Before
Clearing Weed – Before
Clearing Weed - After
Clearing Weed – After

We have seen a surge in demand over the past few years so we are part way though construction of another boat for use this year.

If you think you will need to use one of our boats please get in contact soon to reserve a space. We already have a lot of bookings so space is starting to become limited.

Scott Rice is the man to talk to. Contact him on our office number 01460 279 200 to see if we can help you. If you have a spare few minutes you might want to watch the video of our AquaTractor in action.