Weed Profile On Narrow-leaf Pondweeds

Wondering what those pesky weeds taking over your lakefront are?

Narrow-leaf Pondweeds are some of Minnesota’s most common lake weeds that can grow up to 10 feet tall if conditions are ripe.

Narrow-leaf Pondweed

Narrow-leaf Pondweed

What do these weeds look like?

They are flat-stemmed, leafy, and resemble a fan. Typically there are no floating weeds, and only the seeds of the leaf extend above the surface. Typically their linear grass-like leaves only grow around two inches long.


The weeds are broken into three categories: flat-stemmed, leafy, and sago pondweed.


Flat-stemmed pondweed illustration

Photo courtesy of MNDNR

Leafy pondweed illustration

Photo courtesy of MNDNR

Sago pondweed illustration

Photo courtesy of MNDNR


Where and when do they like to grow?

You can find these weeds below the water surface, deeply rooted. They thrive in July due to the warm water conditions and can even be invasive, even though they are native plants. With our hand-removal services, we can schedule your weed-removal dates around when you see the most abundant weed growth! Additionally, we offer multi-visit summer packages to maintain your lakeweeds throughout the summer to eliminate any weeds from encroaching on your summer memories.


Benefits of Pondleaf weeds:

These plants cover many native Minnesotan fish and fuel many animals, such as geese, swans, and ducks. When these weeds grow, they block other invasive weeds from growing into your lakefront; this helps control invasive species.


How do I keep the narrow-leaf weed from getting out of control?

There are no DNR weed removal regulations regarding these weeds; however, many removal practices are prohibited. Our services are the most effective way to keep the weeds tamed and your lakefront beautiful. Hand-pulling the weeds and their root systems is the most effective way to ensure the maintenance of your lakefront. Click here to ask questions or get set up for a free weed removal analysis!


Not the weed you were looking for?

Try this link here to read about another native weed!



Narrowleaf Pondweed