Enjoy water gardening? Caring for water gardens in the fall helps to reduce future problems in both your ponds, water gardens, and wild waters!
Reducing Invasive Pet and Plant Escapes (RIPPLE) is crucial to keep in mind when removing unwanted plants and fish. Some of the most popular water garden plants sold, including water lettuce, water hyacinth and European water clover, are not native to Michigan and should never be released into waterways, lakes and streams. Outside of cultivation, these plants can create thick mats that reduce oxygen levels, block sunlight, and prevent growth of submerged vegetation. Mats interfere with recreation and can have a negative effect on fish and other aquatic species in an infested area. Unwanted plants should be placed in a sealed bag in the trash.