LBJ LAKEWEED TREATMENT PROGRAM
Servicing Horseshoe Bay, Granite Shoals, Sunrise Beach and all areas of Lake LBJ
A non-native nuisance aquatic weed called Eurasian watermilfoil has infested many areas of the Highland Lakes, especially Lake LBJ. Watermilfoil was originally established in Lake Austin in the 50’s to attract ducks and has been misnamed duckweed ever since. It grew well in this new environment and quickly became the dominant plant species. It does provide good cover for fish but grows so fast and spreads so rapidly that it makes fishing, swimming and boating very difficult. We often hear stories of overheated, and sometimes ruined, jet skis and boats due to clogged water intakes and kids that don’t want to fish or swim in the lake anymore because of this lake weed.
Growing up, we spent lots of time on Lake Austin. Our experience there with watermilfoil makes us believe that it will be a problem in Lake LBJ from now. Lowering the lake helps temporarily but this lake weed will come back due to the uncountable number of seeds already in the lake bed and to the fact that any small fragment can establish a new plant. All of the boats that chop it up and folks that cut it and let it drift away are just helping to spread it. The only really effective way to control watermilfoil on Lake LBJ is to treat it with approved herbicides.
We offer a treatment plan that targets watermilfoil along with another unwanted form of aquatic vegetation known as filamentous algae. This plan includes application by our licensed and insured crews of an approved aquatic herbicide, along with an algaecide, that have no use restrictions for swimming, fishing, pet watering and irrigation of established plants. We apply these products by injecting the solution into the lakeweed beds in deeper water and by spraying it over them in the shallow water. We are diligent about treating under jet ski lifts, piers, docks and into boat slips.
Our plan this year is to treat lakeweeds and algae during the third week of April, May, June, July and August. While monthly treatments will get the lakeweeds under control, algae is better controlled with bi-monthly treatments. This can be done with a granular product that we offer homeowners to apply themselves in between our scheduled treatments. If you are not able or interested in doing that, we can coordinate additional algae treatments during the first week of May, June, July, August and September. We also offer Lake LBJ property owners a beneficial bacteria pellet that helps accelerate decomposition of the organic muck that builds up under docks and in swimming areas. In addition, we are aware of a local company that offers a monthly service to treat spiders for those who need it. Our pricing is based upon the linear feet of water front that you have and includes all product costs as well as any required permitting with the TPWD and the LCRA.