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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-If you are lucky enough to live on a lake in Minnesota you are probably no stranger to aquatic plants. However, many owners see these vital plants as weeds. So what's the proper balance?

Heidi Heiland of Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens joined KARE 11 News @4 to give us ways to see weed management in a new "green" way.

If you've spent any length of time at your favorite Minnesota lake, chances are you're no stranger to aquatic plants. Maybe you've cast into lily pads looking for bass, watched minnows dart to safety in plant beds, pulled in an anchor covered with green vegetation, or waded through a few plants while swimming.

PROTECT AND MANAGE YOUR WATER BODIES

- Consider all options before "nuking" our lakes and ponds

- Lower phosphorous outflow into the water

- Install raingardens that infiltrate, slow flow and cool the water

- Install shoreline stabilization, native plantings along the water line

- Body harvest weeds that exist then use them as mulch in your landscape

- Use locally invented product(s) to keep your waterway weed free

Weed Razer and Weed Raker - Invented in Winona, MN.

It removes emergent, surface and submerged weeds.

Razer retails for $140 and Raker for $125

BE WATER WISE IN YOUR LANDSCAPE

- Right plant for the right place

- Amend soils to improve water holding capacity

- Install more shrubs and perennials than annuals

- Include foods with your annual installations

- Deep watering when you do water

- Install irrigation system with a rain sensor (the "law") as well as a Smart Controller

To talk with Heidi, head to Bloom On Minnesota- or call 763.475.4960

For more information on Minnesota's Aquatic Plants, head to this link at the DNR.

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