With warm weather right around the corner (or already here in certain parts of the country) algal growth, and the growth of unwanted aquatic plants will be ramping up very soon. With that in mind, we will be sharing some of our archived content (updated with more information), covering a variety of troublesome algae and weeds commonly found in the United States.
First up is this nuisance algae.
Muskgrass (chara spp.)
Often mistaken for a vascular plant, Muskgrass is actually a form of algae. Growing most commonly in shallow water where the nutrient levels are high, its rough texture and strong, musty odor (almost garlic-like) make it easy to identify when pulled from the water.
Watch the video below to hear SePRO's West Bishop discuss Chara and available chemical control methods.