Fluridone has been around for many years and has held the title as being the best herbicide product on the market to eradicate watermeal and duckweed in countless ponds and lakes across around the world. Fluridone is a systemic type herbicide, meaning, it has to stay in the water for a fairly prolonged period of time while the plants ‘drink’ the chemical which leads to eradication. This process can take up to 90 days and in some situations, heavy runoff can displace large amounts of pond water causing the concentration of fluridone to diminish.
As fluridone is very expensive, watching your treated water leave your lake or pond during or after a heavy rain can be very disheartening. Others need rapid eradication so that their pond looks ‘just right’ for an upcoming event or gathering. Since no two ponds are identical, trying to ‘guess’ when the effects of fluridone will kick in can be a gamble. Clipper is known as a ‘contact’ herbicide. Contact herbicides generally work much faster than systemic herbicides such as fluridone.
Clipper herbicide sually yields a complete kill within 7 to 14 days and is applied in almost the same identical way as fluridone. Once the surface of your lake or pond is sprayed, duckweed and watermeal begin to disappear rapidly. Most surface growth completely dies off within 14 days. While both products have their advantages, Clipper can handle flowing water situations much better than liquid fluridone treatments. Liquid fluridone is normally not recommended in waters where there is movement or fair outflow. On the other hand, Clipper is fast acting, kills quickly and is not affected by situations where flow might otherwise inhibit a fluridone treatment.
“Before Clipper our only options were slow acting Fluridone and a few knock-down killers that didn’t last long. We now manage growth way faster than before and the control lasts! Less follow up equals less chem’s going into the water and that keeps costs down for the client. A win-win for everyone.” said Jerry “Skitter” Whitman, aquatic specialist – Whitman Remediation, Inc.
As a new and innovative treatment for ponds and lakes, Clipper herbicide users can normally expect year-long control with only one or two treatments. Also, when killing watermeal, a heavier dose of fluridone is normally needed as watermeal is much harder to eliminate that duckweed. Clipper on the other hand is a ‘one size fits all’ type of contact killer. Whether you are going after duckweed or watermeal, Clipper is applied at the same rate regardless of weed type.
While Fluridone generally holds the lead for providing longer term control, Clipper offer a kill speed unmatched and although some growth may require a second treatment, it is the choice for those who want infestation eradicated swiftly and thoroughly.