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Aquatic weed management and invasive species removal services in Auburndale, Florida:

If a photo is worth a thousand words, a before and after photo has to be worth at least two thousand. All joking aside, it can be easy to forget what will quickly happen to your lakefront without the proper management of nuisance and exotic vegetation.

Below are three photos showing before, during and after stages of AAM’s aquatic plant management services at Lake Ariana Park in Auburndale, Florida. AAM’s licensed and highly trained applicators treated and removed cattail and torpedograss . Native vegetation (duck potato and bulrush) was preserved as per FWC permit regulations.

Before Treatment:

Lake Ariana lakefront invested with torpedo grass and cattail

During Treatment:

Lakefront treated using aquatic labeled herbicides by AAM’s highly trained and licensed applicators


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Water resource stewardship practices are crucial in ensuring that our precious water resources are protected for the present and for future generations. At Applied Aquatic Management, our experienced team of licensed applicators is continuously trained and dedicated to maintain the highest ethical and legal standards of ecology and natural resource stewardship.

About The Award

The Steward of Water Award, presented by SePRO, recognizes companies and individuals who actions and management solutions are working with government agencies, lake associations and private property owners, to preserve water. Additionally, The Steward of Water practices help ensure advancement of sustainable future for the aquatics industry, the company, and its employees.

The Nominations

In 2014, SePRO is asked Preferred Applicators to submit highlights of the Stewards of Water practices they and their companies have been implementing—Practices, like those implemented by Keith Magnus, a 20 year employee of Applied Aquatic...


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Over the years we’ve developed a real specialty for exotic plant control, slowly restoring Florida to it’s natural vegetative state by methodically removing invasive species from Florida’s land and waterways. We’ve physically and chemically removed everything in the invasive species index, from alligator weed to wild taro. So, you can imagine our delight in leveraging one of nature’s great rivalries, Dioscorea bulbifera (air potato) vs.Lilioceris cheni (air potato beetle), to help us on our mission of restoration.

Dense mat of Dioscorea bulbifera (Air potato)

Meet The Air Potato

Air potato, Dioscorea bulbifera, a species of true yam, “was introduced to Florida in 1905 when it was sent to the USDA by Henry Nehrling, who later noted its invasive potential (Morton 1976). It has since become extremely aggressive (Hammer 1998). By the 1980s, air potato vines were growing...


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