The LakeMat is an alternative to using chemicals, weed rakes or weed rollers to kill aquatic weeds in your lake front swimming area. The LakeMat is basically a large mat that you place over your swimming area to kill all aquatic weeds below it. The special material and distributed weight system is designed to fit to the bottom of the lake like a piece of carpet. The LakeMat immediately creates a aquatic weed free place to swim and play as it goes to work killing weeds. The material disproves the aquatic plants beneath of all sunlight, which kills all the aquatic vegetation below the mat. The plant will begin to decay and create gas. The LakeMat material is gas permeable, and you will see little gas bubbles coming through the mat. The LakeMat is meant to stay in the water all year long, so install and forget about it. And for your piece of mind, the LakeMat fabric is DEQ approved and guaranteed for five years against defects in materials and workmanship.
LakeMat Pro assembles and installs in just minutes — giving you a weed-free beach.
The top half (where the weeds are) was professionally treated with herbicide — three times. The bottom half is where a LakeMat Pro sat — big difference, isn't it?
The simple part -- LakeMat Pro prevents your lake weeds from growing. It's basic science. No sun — no weeds. You'll also stop new seeds from sprouting. Pretty simple concept...
The remarkable part -- How it's done comes from years of research and testing — creating a superior design and materials — making LakeMat Pro the most effective weed control product you can buy.
Searching for the best fabric took well over a year. Trying several different types of materials, the first thing we learned was — what doesn't work.
(Tarps, plastic sheeting and tarp-like materials don't work — they're not gas permeable — they "bubble up." Landscape fabric screens, let in too much sunlight, weeds grow through after one season).
Fortunately, our search led to geotextiles — the same fabrics used in highway construction. We tested both woven and non-woven fabrics — of several weights and thicknesses.
LakeMat Pro fabric has several important properties for use in lakes and wetlands.
LakeMat Pro vs. Lily Pads Before and After
These photos show the dramatic difference after placing a LakeMat Pro over a patch of one of the toughest of all lake weed species: the White Water Lily.
These photos were taken one day apart.
If you look closely, you can see the edge of the LakeMat Pro in the bottom of the "After" picture.
We didn't just slap fabric on a frame. Structural engineers, product design engineers, soil engineers, biologists, metallurgists and specialists in several fields were consultants.
The formula is — research, test, analyze, and repeat the process. This testing lead to improvements like gas-release ports patterning, a "perimeter" frame and improved connection points.
Today, LakeMat Pro is the most efficient, simple, safe and quick way to control your lake weeds. And I'd add — it's the most cost effective, too. For the average cost of one season's worth of aquatic chemicals, you can be weed-free, safely, for years to come.
If you're tired of fighting lake weeds — you've got the simple solution — LakeMat Pro.
I was tired of raking weeds, now they're all gone, even the lilies. That's why we bought another one.
Compared to the traditional benthic barrier, we found that the LakeMats were much easier to assemble and install. By switching to LakeMats, we found that the assembly and installation steps only took a few hours, as opposed to a few days with the traditional barriers we used in previous years... In previous years, we had to use several cement blocks and rebar to keep the mats in place, which increased installation time and posed a safety hazard to anyone wading outside of the swimming area. We also noted that the LakeMats didn't require any gurgling during the season, as the porous fabric allowed the consistent aeration of gas bubbles.
I first of all want to say that I like your product. Secondly, your mats fit well into our WI laws on aquatic plant removal since a single riparian owner cannot remove more than a 30-foot width...and your mats are no more than 30 feet wide. We would appreciate a disclaimer on your website describing that Wisconsin requires a permit for Aquatic vegetation removal of more than 30' on a single owners property. I appreciate all efforts and time spent looking into this subject. Again I like your verbiage and product. Please feel free to contact me... Thank you for your time.
We walked them in 'lickity split' :) We did not stake the far end (24 ft out) as the depth of the water was about 5 ft deep. We put a couple large, but movable rocks in the centre of each mat. We did stake them at the shallow end. My husband, Rodney, says to let you know he was impressed at how quickly and easily we put all 4 into the lake. Now we plan to leave them in this first location until mid October, then move them to the other half of the lake shore (in front of our yard) that has this invasive weed growing. We will leave them there for the winter and a month or so after the ice goes off the lake next spring. The ice goes off usually the third week in April here. Will be interesting to see if the weed grows back right away in the area where we installed the mats yesterday.
My wife Brenda and I own two 7-BR, 4,000 sq ft vacation rental lake houses on Stone Lake in Cassopolis, MI (SW Michigan) near the Indiana border. We take much pride in providing our Guests with an excellent experience in how well maintained we keep our two homes and our 50 acres of woods at Stone Lake. That said, until we discovered your Lake Mat Pro lake mats, the one area that seemed beyond our control was our two sandy beaches. Try as we might, including paying a great high school honor student $15 an hour to clean our beaches every Saturday between Guests, lake weeds were always an issue and virtually the only area where we felt we should have done better. And it was the one source of Guest complaints. This greatly distressed us. We felt helpless, despite weed pulling every Saturday between Guests and twice yearly chemical treatments approved by the Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality (maximum approved by the DEQ). That is until we discovered your Lake Mats...wow what a difference. We tried them out (2 per beach) in 2014, and it was the first summer ever we did not have one single complaint about water weeds all summer. Wow! This year, 2015, we bought 6 more so that literally all of our beachfront at both houses would have shallow water out to 25 feet that was 100% weed-free and muck-free -- and rock-free. Our Guests and their little ones love our beaches now - and rave about them! It has given us a competitive advantage (shhhh don't tell anyone) and we feel the investment has an excellent ROI.. Thank you for solving what had been seemingly a unsolvable problem. P.S. Since last summer, a number of our Stone Lake neighbors have purchased your Lake Mat Pro lake mats as they have seen how effective they are.