Give your waterfront a makeover with the right aquatic plants.

Give your waterfront a makeover with the right aquatic plants.

Florida’s lake front landscapes are among the most precious in the country. With Florida’s unique tropical atmosphere (and rare freezes), specific plants need to be included in an aquatic plant lakefront scheme to stay lush and green the entire year. Among these, include:

  • Cat-tails (Typha species), a favorite of Floridians, are named after their long, cylinder-shaped flower spikes that are brown in color. Common to Florida’s wetlands, these plants grow out of the water and provide protection and nesting locations for wildlife.
  • Duck potato (Sagittaria lancifolia) is named after its swollen underground stems that resemble potatoes. This emersed plant is known for its large lance-shaped leaves and white three-petal flowers extending high above its stems. Duck potato usually grows in Florida’s swamps, ditches, lakes, and streams.
  • Bur-marigold (Bidens leaves) is an immersed flowering plant from the daisy family. Brilliant in its yellow color, it is typically found in Florida’s marshes.
  • Watershield, (Brasenia schreberi) found in Florida’s lakes ponds and slower streams in water up to six feet deep, is a free-flowing plant with long leaf stalks. The stalks extend downward and attach to a sprawling anchored root in the mud bottom. Water shields flowers are small and dull purple, extending from the water on a stalk. Its leaves are oval and shield-shaped, and the undersides have a gel-like coating.
  • The American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea) is and immersed or free-floating plant found in Florida’s muddy and shallow waters up to six feet deep. The easy-to-spot plant features very large yellow flowers that grow up to six inches wide on a long, stiff stalk. Leaves are circular and lack the radial “pie-piece” shaped cut of the water lily.

The aquatic plant experts at Professional Waterfront Cleanup can help you find the perfect plants for your waterfront. Contact us today for a free estimate. 

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If you have a million dollar view, why not see it? My lakefront property was blinded by cattails and other invasive, non-native plant material. I could not see past the shoreline. In researching my options, I came across Professional Waterfront Cleanup (PWC). Clay Bell came by and assessed my problem. His proposal was complete and reasonably priced. I further liked the fact that he consults with the State of Florida and complies with all environmental regulations. Clay and his team did a phenomenal job of eradicating and removing all unwanted plant material. I now have my million dollar view back and am extremely pleased with the great work of PWC. Thanks Clay for a job well done!

Michael David
September 11, 2014

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Making family space

Residential Lakefront Clearing

PWC cleared a beachfront and dock area for a home so that the family could enjoy the space once again.