Ah, the lake! There is no doubt that it is a wonderful and restful place to be! Truly, there are few places that have the same ambience of sun, sky, water and well-being.
The lap of the water against the shore has a natural rhythm that calms and refreshes. I find it one of the most soothing sounds, one that comforts and lulls you while promising adventure just off shore!
The very air around the lake is full of nautical smells that beckon you to participate in the secrets held in its watery depths.
It is not over the top to say that being at your lake house is rejuvenating to mind, body and soul.
The tempo of the water currents helps us to slow down and brings our minds and our bodies back into rhythm.
During our everyday lives, we are focused on what comes next. Work, meetings, emails and agendas. If you have kids added to the mix, there is school, practice schedules and homework.
Never a dull minute, and rarely time to relax.
The time spent at your lake house holds great benefits for banishing stress, clearing the mind, regaining focus and spurring creativity. In our everyday lives, we tend to have a myopic view of life, and life at the lake enables us to expand that view.
Which brings us to the lake house itself. The sanctuary, the breath catcher, the stress reliever. While you are at the lake house, there are necessary tasks to be done. The sooner you complete those tasks, the sooner you can get to what really matters...reconnecting with yourself, the ones you love and nature.
Yard and lawn maintenance will be one of those necessary tasks at the lake house. And one that you will want to accomplish as quickly and as effortlessly as possible so you can kick back.
As is the case, mowing a lawn also involves weed whipping it. Keeping the weeds at bay will also cut back on bugs and crawly critters, as it will help eliminate their hiding places.
There are also the weeds near the water that should be dealt with, as this also helps with the health of the lake itself and your corner of it.
To help you with the control of these weeds, we have compiled our picks of the Best Lake Weed Cutters for 2019.
This first trimmer on our list is a double duty piece of equipment. It is a trimmer and edger. Even though it has an edger, I am in hopes that your lake house has not one sidewalk and that you don’t feel anything in your light of sight needs edging!
The Midwest Lake Rake is of a different sort of implement than the Weed Razer that we just reviewed. This looks more like a conventional yard rake, and you can use it as a landscaping rake, for dragging in cut weeds from the water or for dressing the beach.
The Razer will slice through weeds and grasses in just minutes from your lake or pond. It will help control milfoil, cattails, grasses, and lily pads that grow around your shoreline or beach access. This piece of equipment received a lot of great comments about it’s performance, but one thing that was stressed was that this implement is SHARP! It needs to be sharp to do the job effectively, but make sure that you are careful when using this implement. Using cut resistant gloves would not go amiss, and definitely don’t let the kids around it.
INCLUDES: Weed Razer, 25 ft of rope, instructions, weed deflectors, blade sharpener and covers
REALLY, REALLY SHARP: The v shaped head has razor sharp blades with a 48 inch cutting path; lightweight construction (8 pounds)
GETS THE JOB DONE: With little resistance slice through vegetation including milfoil, cattails, lily pads, grasses and more
EASY TO USE: To clear your lake shore and beach, simply throw into your lake or pond and reel back in
CAN BE USED IN SEVERAL AREAS: A great tool for boaters and swimmers to clear out weeds around the dock, shoreline, and beach areas
This looks more like a conventional yard rake, and you can use it as a landscaping rake, for dragging in cut weeds from the water or for dressing the beach. Hopefully, you will be dressing the beach only if you are hosting a big party because, remember, the lake house is for relaxing.
WIDE WIDTH: 36" width aluminum head
RUST PROOF: 11' 2-piece blue powder-coated aluminum handle with push pin splice
As with the previous weed balade that we reviewed, please remember that, while effective, these tools need to be used with caution and care. You want to spend your time at the lake house communing with nature, not getting stitched up.
This tool is a great alternative to taking a more natural approach to pond and lake care and weed removal. There are many states that aquatic herbicides are restricted for sale, which makes the pond weed cutter the best option for lake clean up.
Eliminate weeds around your docks and swimming areas
Has the preferred cut width of 42" to easily cut the base of the weeds
Includes razor sharpener, rope and blade covers
Cuts and uproots aquatic weeds, not intended for use on cattails
The tools we reviewed above will help you to keep the weeds at your lake house at bay. As it is with weeds of any kind, prevention is the best control. If you prevent the weeds from infesting your lake or pond, it will be your best bet for keeping up with the ones that do show up.
The way to do this is simply a matter of vigilance and good management practices. So many of the old sayings we often hear are based on experience. ‘A stitch in time saves nine’ is one of those.
It means that, if one solves a problem while it is developing, you will save yourself time and work in the future.
So too with weeds. If we control them early on, the less time you will need to spend on them in the future. Here is another saying: ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’.
Some of the weed problems in the lake come from weeds that are not native, and it is best to prevent introducing them to your lake. You can do this by making sure you clean and inspect boats, trailers, fishing tackle and anything else that goes into or near the water.
Even run off from other bodies of water could also bring in unwanted weeds.
Lake weeds start in the shallow areas, because the sunlight can reach the bottom of a shallow area. Weeds can’t grow without sunlight, and if you can prevent that, you can cut down on weeds.
If you keep your lake deep, to a depth of more than 20 inches, you have a good chance of preventing lake weeds from starting in other areas.
If possible, a good depth to try and achieve is two to three feet. This will help prevent weeds from getting the sunlight needed to take root. You will still have algae and free floating plants, but it will help prevent the weeds that have a root system.
We spoke about runoff earlier. If you use fertilizer on your land or in your landscaping, the runoff from this fertilizer feeds lake weeds and can boost their numbers. If possible, create a buffer zone between the fertilized areas and the lake.
If you want to put in a buffer zone, you could put in trees or natural plants between the fertilized areas and the lake. Plants that prevent erosion and don’t require any chemical assistance are a good choice. If this is not an option, try to make sure your fertilized plantings are about 100 feet from the lake.
Addressing any issue with weeds as soon as it is noticed is the best advice to be given. Weeds grow like...well, weeds! The longer they are allowed to grow, the more time, money and effort it will take to get them under control.
You are not trying to eliminate all the weeds from your lake, that is not feasible or even wise.
You want a certain amount in your lake. If you aim at about 20-25% of the lake containing vegetation, that is a good balance to have.
The products reviewed will help you to maintain that balance. If they are used on a regular basis, the time spent doing so should be minimal. Which will bring you closer to doing what you really want to do...nothing!