The Lake Weed Shear Offers a New and Improved Pond and Lake Weed Cutting Technique Providing a Responsible Alternative to Aquatic Herbicides

Through the years, traditional lake and pond weed control has been accomplished through the use of aquatic herbicides, however, highly productive tools such as the redesigned Lake Weed Shear can now eliminate the need for these potentially dangerous herbicides in managed waters. The Lake and Pond Weed Shear can cut weeds such as milfoil, hydrilla, coon tail, curly leaf pond weed, hyacinth, lily pads and cattails with ease.

There has always been a debate about how to manage the aquatic weeds in a lake or pond: applying chemical herbicides or harvesting. Chemical applications of Hydrothol or Aquathol are oftentimes frowned upon due to the unknown long term effects. Harvesting, when accomplished through cutting or tearing out weeds, can cause stray plant fragments that replant themselves elsewhere in the body of water.

From a purely environmental point of view it would be more beneficial to abstain from any form of lake weed cutting or chemical treatment. On the other hand, waterfront owners will oftentimes take matters into their own hands in order to enjoy their shoreline investment regardless of the environmental impact. That is the conflict that many lake and pond communities, lake associations and homeowner associations constantly face.

If weed abatement is to be conducted in designated areas for recreational or aesthetic reasons, cutting would be considered the lesser of the two evils. Removing the plant close to the bottom would be the preferred method, followed up with thorough raking and skimming of all fragments.

A redesign of a unique tool for aquatic plant management has been introduced for 2007 as “The WeedShear” ( The WeedShear was originally deigned for the benefit of professional water managers but has been made available for individual lakeshore and pond owners and is now distributed through qualified marine and aquatic dealers.

The WeedShear’s unique 48″ wide V shaped cutting blades allow the operator to easily cut a 25′ long, 4′ wide swath with each pass. The WeedShear is light enough to toss from the shore, dock or pier, yet heavy enough to sink to the bottom regardless of the depth. The razor-like blades literally skim the bottom cutting all weeds at the base as the tool is retrieved with the attached 25′ leash.

The WeedShear is distributed by qualified aquatic and marine related retailers and is aggressively seeking additional distributors nationally and internationally. Contact Weeders Digest by visiting for more information about becoming a dealer or distributor.

According to the website, customer satisfaction is guaranteed with the WeedShear: “If the WeedShear is not the best tool you have ever used for cutting lake or pond weeds, return it for a complete refund.” Now that is confidence!

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Hydrilla (Esthwaite Waterweed or Hydrilla) is an aquatic plant genus, usually treated as containing just one species, Hydrilla verticillata, though some botanists divide it into several species. It is native to the cool and warm waters of the Old World in Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia, with a sparse, scattered distribution; in Europe, it is reported from Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, and the Baltic States, and in Australia from Northern Territory, Queensland, and New South Wales.

It has off-white to yellowish rhizomes growing in sediments at the water bottom at up to 2 m depth. The stems grow up to 1–2 m long. The leaves are arranged in whorls of two to eight around the stem, each leaf 5–20 mm long and 0.7–2 mm broad, with serrations or small spines along the leaf margins; the leaf midrib is often reddish when fresh. It is monoecious (sometimes dioecious), with male and female flowers produced separately on a single plant; the flowers are small, with three sepals and three petals, the petals 3–5 mm long, transparent with red streaks. It reproduces primarily vegetatively by fragmentation and by rhizomes and turions (overwintering buds), and flowers are rarely seen.

Hydrilla has a high resistance to salinity compared to many other freshwater associated aquatic plants.
The name Esthwaite Waterweed derives from its occurrence in Esthwaite Water in northwestern England, the only English site where it is native, but now presumed extinct, having not been seen since 1941. Hydrilla closely resembles some other related aquatic plants, including Egeria and Elodea.

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