Degrading Hydrilla and Southern Naiad in Portland Golf Course--A New Method of Treatment

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When a Portland golf course found itself with a little too much green this July--that is, a tangly hydrilla weed issue in their pond--Aquafix’s star enzyme formula PondZilla, coupled with their MD Pellets, aced efforts to restore clarity.

Unlike conventional algae control methods, which rely on poisonous chemicals, our approach is to view the aquatic plant as the food substrate and use our products to degrade and eat it.

When a Portland, Oregon golf course discovered a tricky combination of troublesome hydrilla and bushy pondweed (Southern Naiad Pithophorahe) in a course pond, they knew they had a real eyesore on their hands. Further complicating the issue, the pond irrigated into sensitive fairway grass areas and salmon-safe regulations in Oregon prevent the use of many chemical solutions.

After a peroxide-based algaecide left them with a mess of dead and ailing plants, course superintendent turned next to Aquafix distributor Wilco-Winfield of Donald, Oregon. PondZilla (http://www.naturalake.com/products/pondzilla-100/), a catalyst to degrade aquatic plants, was sprayed over the surface of the pond, followed by the addition of VitaStim MD pellets (http://www.naturalake.com/products/vitastim-md-pellets/). The two products immediately started to break down the hydrilla and naiad. In two weeks, the pond was clean, and it remained clean for the rest of the summer.

“Unlike conventional algae control methods, which rely on poisonous chemicals, our approach is to view the aquatic plant as the food substrate and use our products to degrade and eat it,” explains Aquafix owner Kevin Ripp (aka “The Bugman”). “At Aquafix, we can develop a prescription that targets the species of aquatic plants in your system. We often use our products right after an algaecide/herbicide treatment to provide complete destruction of the aquatic plant or algae.”

PondZilla is a part of Aquafix’s Naturalake (http://www.naturalake.com) line of products and works by breaking down aquatic plants and algae on a cellular level, making them more susceptible to algaecides and herbicides. The powerful enzymes in PondZilla work as a catalyst aiding in biodegrading plant material. VitaStim MD Pellets work to break down accumulated muck. The pellets contain essential nutrients to activate the existing muck-eating bacteria in the pond and introduce additional sludge-eating cultures. Together, PondZilla and VitaStim MD pellets break down plant material and create an aquatic environment that quickly and cleanly removes that material.

Hydrilla is an invasive aquatic weed, considered the most problematic in the United States. Fast spreading and highly adaptable, it can quickly cover the surface of lakes and ponds. Without proper control it easily out-competes native growth, disturbs wildlife, and acts as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Team Aquafix is dedicated to solving the most noxious pond problems–algae choking off aquatic life, nauseating stenches, or gobs of sludge–by treating a pond’s underlying problems, not the symptoms they trigger.

To view more before and after photos (http://www.naturalake.com/before-and-after/) of aquatic weed solutions, or for your custom pond prescription (http://www.naturalake.com/pond-rx/), please visit us online or call 888-757-9577.

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