LakeMat Deep Water Installation from LakeMat
We recommend using a 12’ x 14’ LakeMat in deep water. If you’re not comfortable working in deep water, (it’s not for everyone) think hard about hiring professional divers to install your LakeMat in deep water. It will be easy enough for a diver and well worth the money.
Anything over your head is deep water
Consider deep water is anything over your head. That means, you need to be careful, don’t do it alone and always wear life vests. It also means the more help you have, the better off you’ll be.
The principle of deep water installation is similar to putting a LakeMat in the shallows, walk it out and sink it where you want. The challenge is, a LakeMat XL is a big, (12 by 24 feet), lake weed control mat and will start sinking fairly quickly.
It will get heavy. It’s not bad if you can touch bottom but holding it and trying to tread water is difficult. I know, I’ve done it and it’s a workout. For this reason, the LakeMat Large is a more manageable lake weed control mat in deep water.
Unless you’re a diver, you won’t be able to push the plastic stakes into the bottom. You can fasten light weights, like bricks, on each corner. But nothing too heavy if you ever plan to move it.
We’ve found leaving a line tied to each corner that’s over your head is helpful when you move a LakeMat in deep water later. Use the line for leverage. You can also use the lines to pull a LakeMat with your boat, (go slow and be careful, if you use your boat for this).
BE VERY CAREFUL WITH LINES UNDERWATER! I got a line wrapped around my foot once. It was tied to a LakeMat XL that was quickly sinking in 8-feet of water. I went down with it. You don’t ever want to do that.
Cleaning a LakeMat in deep water
You’ll need to either move your LakeMat or clean the silt off once a year to prevent new weeds from taking root on top of the LakeMat. Leave it on the lake bottom, it’s easiest.
If you have a device to reach down to it, like a bilge pump, trash pump, submersible pump or something that moves water, use that. Pulling a LakeMat through the water behind a boat works well to clean the silt off, when moving it to a new location.
Of course, using a push broom works just fine, the longer the handle the better, preferably one that doesn’t float. Sweep as much silt off as possible. If you don’t clean it, the silt will build up, making it heavy to move and weeds will begin growing in the new layer of soil.