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Provides excellent habitat for northern pike, largemouth bass
and sunfish; highly decorative----often planted in water gardens.
Deer, beaver, muskrat, nutria and other rodents will consume the
leaves and rhizomes of watershield, while the seeds are eaten by
Watershield can grow and reproduce rapidly if not maintained
correctly. This occurs when there is an excess of nutrients in the
pond. Dense growth of watershield (dollar bonnet) in shallow
water areas sometimes interferes with boating and
Leaves are oval in shape with smooth
edges. Stem is attached to the middle of the leaf. Rust colored
underside. A clear jelly-like coating covers the underside of the
leaves and stems on mature weeds. A dull purple flower develops in
early summer. Treat before jelly-like coating develops.
Watershield reproduces through both
seeds and rhizome spread.
Water shield is sometimes confused
with young water lilies (either white water lily or yellow water
lilies (spatterdock). However, water lilies have a split in the
leaf from the edge to where the stem attaches. The leaves of water
shield are completely oval, with no split.
Leaves are similar to a lily pad's but are smaller and have no
slit; flowers are smaller than the water lily's; stem is attached
to the center of the leaf; has a clear, jelly-like coating on the
stem and the underside of each leaf.
A. Because watershield provides good habitat
for fish, be conservative, treat only enough to obtain access.
A. This is a difficult question to answer.
Selecting the best option depends on many factors including:
A. Once water temperatures are around sixty
degrees or warmer. Herbicide treatments are best done in early
summer before the jelly-like coating develops on the leaves.
A. Watershield control can last anywhere from
two to three years or more depending upon adjacent Watershield
influence. An application may be required three to five weeks post
treatment. Navigate is a systemic herbicide that kills the root
A. Generally within two weeks things will be
cleared up. Maybe a bit longer, Navigate Granular is a bit slow but
very thorough in the end result.
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