Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What do you do with the weeds?

A: The weeds are full of nutrients and useful for all types of soils management.  We work with local gravel pits, farmers and land owners to secure locations where the weeds may dewater and compost.

Q: How do you haul the weeds?

A: We have a Transport Trailer which is every bit as specialized as our Aquatic Harvesters which we use to transport the weeds.  This trailer has a self contained gasoline engine which runs the hydraulic system for both the winch and the conveyor system.  The conveyer system provides a moving bed used for loading and off loading the weeds.

Q: How deep can you cut?

A: Our harvesters have a maximum cutting depth of 5’6” and have a width of 7’.  The cutter head can be raised and lowered for different water depths.

Q: How much can you cut in one load?

A: Depending on the weight of the product, our two largest machines can haul up to 450 Cubic Feet of weeds each.

Q: Do the weeds grow back?

A: Yes, the weeds have only been trimmed down. The speed at which they grow back is determined by environmental conditions.  Water clarity, temperature, available sunlight, plant type, available phosphorous in the water and many other factors determine plant growth.  Normally two or three times per season is suitable for northern states.

Q: Do chemicals do a better job?

A: That’s one of those questions which depends on the individuals beliefs.  A few disadvantages of herbicide applications are:

  • Extensive permitting and public notice are required.
  • Herbicides carry a negative perception to many people.
  • Many chemicals don’t kill the roots, they equate to chemical mowing.
  • Plant material is left in the water to decompose and no bio-mass is removed.
  • Water restrictions may be put in place.
  • Herbicides take one to six weeks to take effect.

Q: How fast can you cut?

A: The speed of our work depends on whether we are in open water or working around docks, the density of the weeds, the weed type, and the distance to the off-load site.  We can normally average one acre per day with each machine.

Q: Do you need a permit?

A: Yes, however this permit is normally easy to obtain as mechanical harvesting is the least intrusive means of aquatic plant control.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Each project poses unique conditions which make it very hard to generalize.  Please contact us and we will evaluate your situation and provide an estimate.