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Aqua Stormfuro®: The underwater muck blower you need for your lake!

July 5, 2019

Summer is here! That mean enjoying time on your lake. Boating, swimming and fishing, among other things, are activities you enjoy doing most! And enjoying time on your beautiful water is exactly what you need.

But what if you look out at your lake an realize the bottom of your lake where the sand should be is covered in a layer of muck and decaying leaves? Or maybe debris and weed fragments constantly drift into your dock and swim area, making for an annoying cleanup mission before you get to enjoy your time in the water.

Aqua Stormfuro® can help keep lake muck and sediment out of your treatment area by blowing water away from your dock and shoreline. It can keep muck and sediment from settling on your waterfront, and it can also keep weeds from floating into your area from other locations in the lake!

Aqua Stormfuro® easily mounts to your dock, and the motor can adjust up or down according to the angle you need. The ½ HP motor keeps up to a 30ft area clear, and has a cage on both the inflow and the outflow sides of the motor for added safety and protection from the propeller blade.

Some other highlights of the Aqua Stormfuro:

·         Works in minimum of 1 ft or max 4 ft of water

·         No oil required by the customer

·         Stainless steel motor and parts

·         Chemical free

·         2 year warranty

·         3450 rpms

Aqua Stormfuro® is the lake muck blower for you if you want the most out of your dock and swim area this year. A one-time purchase for years of muck and debris removal. Install it early in the season to keep any new, incoming muck and debris from entering your area.

Let Aqua Stormfuro® take the work out of keeping your lake shore clear of muck and debris! Visit our website at www.lakerestoration.com for more information.

Minnesota Summer Bucket List!

June 24, 2019

Summer is just beginning, so make sure to add these fun activities to your list to get the most out of the our beautiful Minnesota summer!

20 Bucket List Items for Minnesota Summers:

1.       Enjoy America’s favorite pastime and go to a baseball game. Whether it’s the Minnesota Twins, the St. Cloud Saints, or one of your town teams, a little baseball on a warm, summer night is never a bad time.

2.       Go to a drive-in movie. The Vali-Hi Drive-In, located in Lake Elmo, is open every night of the week. For three movies, tickets under $10, and $1 hotdogs, the drive-in is a fun way to spend time with family and friends for a price you can’t beat.

3.       Get wet at a splash pad. Waterparks are fun but can get expensive. For a cheaper, just-as-fun alternative, splash pads are the way to go. Some popular splash pad locations include Central Park in Maple Grove, Round Lake in Eden Prairie, and Nicollet Commons in Burnsville.

4.       Spend the night in a tent. Set up a tent in your backyard (or living room if you don’t want to deal with the heat or bugs), cuddle up in a sleeping bag, and change up your sleeping scenery.

5.       What is summer without a zoo day? Whether you go to the Minnesota Zoo or the Como Zoo & Conservatory, a day hanging with the animals is a fun day for all.

6.       Travel to the North Shore. If you’re looking for a getaway in beautiful outdoors, there’s nothing better than the North Shore.

7.       Enjoy all the art Minnesota has to offer. Want to take that artsy photo for Instagram, the Minnesota Institute of Art and Walker Art Center are perfect, but don’t forget to check out the lesser known art hotspots like the Franconia Sculpture Park in Chisago Country too.

8.       Spice up your typical mini golf adventure with a more unique course. Some popular favorites for unique mini golf are Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul, Adventure Falls in Taylors Falls, Big Stone Mini Golf in Minnetrista, and Malt-Tees Mini Golf in Richfield.

9.       Visit a Pizza Farm. Pizza and farm animals sounds like a double win to me!

10.   Go Fishing. What better to do in the Land of 10,000 Lakes than to relax on the lake with some fishing.

11.   Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Featuring more than 1,215 acres of beautiful gardens, landscapes, and natural areas, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was voted Best Botanical Garden by Readers Choice 2017.

12.   Do go chasin’ those waterfalls! Grand Portage State Park and Minnehaha Falls are exciting waterfall locations for some wet fun in the sun. Or if you’re just a thrill seeker looking for an alternative to the classic lake day, the Quarry Park and Nature Reserve is another fun water hotspot.

13.   Explore the darkness. Adventure through popular Minnesotan caves and mines such as the Mystery Cave at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in Preston, or Sudan Underground Mine in Tower, but beware of the bats!

14.   Have some giant fun! Visit the Jolly Green Giant at Green Giant Statue Park in Blue Earth, or Paul Bunyan in Bemidji.

15.   Fairs, fairs, fairs. The State Fair is a must-see but look into going to your surround town’s fairs or county fairs. If you don’t want to go for the rides and games, go for the food.

16.   Watch a movie in the park. Many towns put on movies in the park at night, so grab a blanket, catch up with some neighbors, and relax.

17.   Go to the Rodeo, Yee-Haw! Grab your boots, your friends, and smile because you’re not the one getting bucked off the bull.

18.   Go to the races. Visit Canterbury Park and make bets on your favorite horses.

19.   Attend a concert on First Ave. Looking for a reasonably priced concert to go to? First Ave is where it’s at, and don’t forget to take a picture alongside the famous wall of stars. 

20.   Ride the day away at Valleyfair. From the rollercoasters, to the kiddie rides, to the waterpark, you can easily spend a day full of fun at this Minnesotan 125-acre amusement park.

Types of Lake Weeds and How to Control Them

June 17, 2019

Common Lake Weeds and How to Eliminate Them

Lake weeds are an important part of a lake’s eco system and a healthy water environment. However, when weeds over-grow in your lake or dock and swim area, it can make swimming or using your boat very difficult. No one wants to swim in weeds, or cast a line, only to catch a big chunk of plants. Luckily, there are easy ways to get rid of lake weeds in your dock and swim area so you can enjoy your time on the water!

Aquatic weeds come in all shapes and sizes. Most are rooted in the bottom of the lake and grow up towards the surface. These weeds are called submerged weeds, and can be treated with a variety of different aquatic herbicide options. So how do you know what weeds you have and how to treat them? Below is our list of common weed types you may find in your water and options that Lake Restoration carries to control them.

Milfoil 

   

Eurasian            Northern 

There are two more common types of milfoil; Northern watermilfoil and Eurasian Watermilfoil. Northern milfoil is native to the United States and is a non-invasive plant. Eurasian Watermilfoil is non-native, and can often over grow, choking out native species of plants. Besides being native and non-native, the milfoil cousins have a few other distinct differences based on appearance. Eurasian milfoil has a reddish stem and can grow nearly 10ft in length and form dense mats. Eurasian milfoil has a more distinct leaf pattern of four finely divided leaves whorled around its stem, while Northern milfoil has a fluffier, more feather like appearance, and leaves aren’t as distinct.

How to treat: A number of herbicides will help eliminate milfoil species, including Dibrox® Herbicide, Hydrothol Granular Herbicide. 2 4 d products like our Navigate pellets and Liquid 2 4 d are great options too.

Curly-Leaf Pondweed

 

Curly-leaf pondweed is another common weed found in lakes. Its leaves resemble lasagna noodles and are dense and crispy-like. It has a red stem, and is considered an invasive species in the United States. It often outcompetes native plants for sunlight, since it grows thick near the surface.

How to treat: Hydrothol Granular Herbicide and Aquathol K, or Aquathol Super K are excellent choices for this plant in lakes.

Coontail

 

Coontail is a native plant that is a great part of a water eco system. It grows near the surface, and in mid summer, it can form thick mats. It has a varied leaf pattern and often is identified by the bushy racoon “tail” at the end of the plant.

How to treat: If coontail takes over your water, Dibrox® and Hydrothol will be able to treat it.

Hydrilla

 

Another invasive plant common in lakes around the U.S. is hydrilla. Hydrilla is an aggressive invader with 3-8 leaves per whorl. It does have toothed leaves. It is often confused with the native plant, elodea.

How to treat: Hydrilla can be treated using Hydrothol or Dibrox®.

There are many other types of aquatic weeds. They come in all shapes and sizes, and Lake Restoration has a solution for any of your aquatic plants! Check out all our aquatic plant solutions at LakeRestoration.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can a pond fountain keep your pond healthy?

May 23, 2019

Using a fountain in your pond to keep water clear and lively

Have you ever looked at your pond or water feature and noticed that it looks a little… lifeless? You may even notice a foul smell coming from your pond. You are treating for weeds and algae, but you’re wondering if there is something else you can use to keep your pond healthy.

Poor pond health can be caused by decaying leaves, excess nutrients, and lack of movement in the water. Having little movement in your pond can be an issue if you have fish because of the lack of oxygen in still waters. A pond with no movement can become a less-than-ideal environment for fish, and a perfect environment for weed and algae growth.

A fountain, like the Vitaflume® Floating Fountain from Lake Restoration, is a great way to keep the water moving in your pond or water feature. It can help improve the health of your pond in many ways. They also look beautiful! Here are some ways your pond could benefit from a fountain.

1.       Movement in your pond can help with gas exchange

When you exchange water from in the pond to the air, you are increasing oxygen content in the water and reducing gas buildup. This can improve the smell of your pond. Oxygen will be absorbed by the water exposed to the air, and the gasses that have been trapped in the water will be released. This is letting your pond “breathe” and is a great benefit for the life of your pond.

2.       Fish will have more oxygen

As the weather and water warms up, there is less oxygen in the pond than there is during colder weather. Making sure there is enough oxygen in the pond during the warm weather months will ensure your fish won’t suffocate. Vitaflume® is an aerating fountain, so it will keep the surface water oxygenated and free from built up gasses.

3.       Fountains will help improve water clarity

Keeping movement in your pond will prevent surface scum from forming. Movement from the fountain will continuously break up algae on the surface, preventing growth. Also, ponds with low oxygen may have excessive carbon dioxide levels, which provides perfect growing conditions for algae. Keeping water flow and movement will reduce nutrient levels, making it harder for algae to grow.

4.       Fountains will create a beautiful centerpiece for your waters

Fountains are a great way to add interest and beauty to your pond or water feature. If you are looking to add something more to your pond landscapes, a fountain is the perfect cherry on top for any waters. The Vitaflume® Fountain from Lake Restoration has a pump housing and filter that is made of high-quality stainless steel for durability, ensuring your fountain will last for years to come. Vitaflume® features an impeller for high volume, and is direct from the manufacturer, Lake Restoration, saving you money.

 

Pond fountains can add beauty and help improve the health of your pond. Vitaflume fountains impel 5,000 more gallons per hour than other leading brands. Vitaflume® is a pond fountain with LED lights optional for purchase, so you can customize the perfect fountain for your water.

Shop Vitaflume® at LakeRestoration.com.

 

 

Everything you need for pond algae control all summer.

May 2, 2019

Steps to Control Pond Algae

As the temperatures rise around the country this time of year, you may find that your pond is looking more green than usual. This is because warm temperatures, along with organic matter and excess nutrients in the water can create the perfect environment for very rapid algae growth.

To keep a clear pond, you need to be proactive taking the right steps to keep algae away. Keeping your pond clear of algae is similar to weeding your garden; you need to keep up with it, or it will get out of control. Starting early can really make a difference in your success.

Take note of some helpful tips and product recommendations to keep up with your pond.

1.    Using an algaecide regularly

Using an algaecide, like our copper-based Mizzen® algaecide, will be a key factor in eliminating algae once it has grown underneath or on top of your pond. Mizzen® is sprayed over the algae or can be applied with the TORMADA® remote controlled application boat. Mizzen® can help clear up your pond in as little as 7-14 days, with full results seen in a month. Algae can re-grow rapidly, even within a few days, so make sure you have enough Mizzen® on hand for a second treatment or spot treating. A half gallon of Mizzen will cover 20,000 square feet. Mizzen is a great solution for long-term algae control.

2.    Use a nutrient reducer as part of your treatment plan

Nutrient reducers, such as SparKlear® and PhosControl® can help reduce the organic matter and pond muck in your pond. SparKlear® contains bacteria and enzymes that eat away at the nutrients in your pond, and it can help improve your pond’s water clarity. PhosControl® contains aluminum sulfate that binds with phosphorus. Pond phosphorus control products can greatly increase the clarity of your water. Monthly treatments with these products is recommended.

3.    Consider aeration to help keep water clear

Aerators or aerating fountains work to keep water moving and will help exchange gases trapped in the water that are aiding in algae growth. Lake Restoration offers Vitaflume® floating and aerating fountains in 3 different sizes and can move 7,000-10,000 gallons of water per hour. Fountains keep water moving so that algae mats cannot form like they would in more stagnant waters. Aerating fountains help your pond “breathe,” exchange gasses that help weed growth, and they also look great as a centerpiece. Vitaflume® offers optional LED lighting so you can customize the look of your centerpiece and enjoy it in the dark.

4.    If you also have weeds, we recommend using the following pond products for an overall healthy pond:

Dibrox® herbicide: controls floating and submerged weeds like Eurasian Watermilfoil and duckweed.

Mizzen® algaecide: to control filamentous and planktonic algae in scum.

SparKlear® or PhosControl® nutrient reducers: Improve water clarity and reduce nutrients.

Sapphire Bay® Pond Dye: Do give your pond a pleasing blue color.  

Following these steps will help improve your pond’s health starting early in the spring.

Visit LakeRestoration.com, or call a Lake Expert to learn more about these products.

 

 

Kill Mosquito Larvae in Your Pond!

May 2, 2019

Control Mosquito Larvae in Your Pond!

Mosquitos are a pain. Literally. If you live by any body of water, you know that as soon as the weather warms up, the mosquitos invade your yard in full force. This makes it hard to enjoy summer activities outdoors! Not to mention, mosquitos carry a variety of dangerous viruses that can harm humans and animals.

Luckily, there’s a solution for your water to help kill mosquito larvae in your pond before they hatch into biting adults!

Microbe-Lift® is a mosquito larvicide solution you put in your water to help kill mosquito larvae. Treating regularly throughout the spring and summer cut down on the amount of mosquitos coming from your body of water. You add the specified amount to your pond and it will disperse throughout the water within 24 hours.

If you have a large body of water, the Tormada® can make applying Microbe-Lift® so much simpler! The Tormada® is a remote-control product application boat that allows you to apply liquid products to your pond without having to launch a manned boat and use a hand sprayer. This makes treating large bodies of water so much easier and a lot more fun!

Simply poor the amount of larvicide into your boat and drive it around your pond. The product will disperse from the back of the boat. You can fill the boat with water after the initial application and drive it around again in order to get all the product out of the boat. Then you’re done! Simple as that.

Microbe-Lift® comes in three size containers to suit your pond size. The Tormada® boat comes in two versions; the T1 and T2. The T2 boat offers an automatic product flow valve that can be controlled by remote. The T1 is a manual product flow valve.

If you have mosquito problems stemming from your water source on your property, this is an easy solution to cut down on mosquitos and enjoy your summer in your yard!

Visit www.lakerestoration.com to find out more about Microbe-Lift® and the Tormada®.

 

Kill Mosquito Larvae in Your Pond!

May 2, 2019

Control Mosquito Larvae in Your Pond!

Mosquitos are a pain. Literally. If you live by any body of water, you know that as soon as the weather warms up, the mosquitos invade your yard in full force. This makes it hard to enjoy summer activities outdoors! Not to mention, mosquitos carry a variety of dangerous viruses that can harm humans and animals.

Luckily, there’s a solution for your water to help kill mosquito larvae in your pond before they hatch into biting adults!

Microbe-Lift® is a mosquito larvicide solution you put in your water to help kill mosquito larvae. Treating regularly throughout the spring and summer cut down on the amount of mosquitos coming from your body of water. You add the specified amount to your pond and it will disperse throughout the water within 24 hours.

If you have a large body of water, the Tormada® can make applying Microbe-Lift® so much simpler! The Tormada® is a remote-control product application boat that allows you to apply liquid products to your pond without having to launch a manned boat and use a hand sprayer. This makes treating large bodies of water so much easier and a lot more fun!

Simply poor the amount of larvicide into your boat and drive it around your pond. The product will disperse from the back of the boat. You can fill the boat with water after the initial application and drive it around again in order to get all the product out of the boat. Then you’re done! Simple as that.

Microbe-Lift® comes in three size containers to suit your pond size. The Tormada® boat comes in two versions; the T1 and T2. The T2 boat offers an automatic product flow valve that can be controlled by remote. The T1 is a manual product flow valve.

If you have mosquito problems stemming from your water source on your property, this is an easy solution to cut down on mosquitos and enjoy your summer in your yard!

Visit www.lakerestoration.com to find out more about Microbe-Lift® and the Tormada®.

 

Spriflo® V.S. Dibrox® - Which should I use in my pond?

April 18, 2019

If you have a pond or small lake, chances are you’ve had to deal with some kind of weed or algae problems from year to year. It might be difficult to figure out which aquatic herbicide is best for you, your weeds, and your pond’s needs.

At Lake Restoration, we have two great options for treating ponds and small lakes for weeds (you can check out all of our pond products on our website). Spritflo® herbicide and Dibrox® herbicide will be your best options for fighting submerged and floating weeds in your pond all year long. How do you decide which one is best for you? Here is more information on both our pond chemicals to help you make the best decision for your pond.

 

  

Spritflo® 101:
Spritflo® is a suspended aquatic herbicide that is fluridone-based. This herbicide is best for duckweed and other submerged weeds, like hydrilla, coontail, and more.

Control Time:

Spritflo® will work in your water for 30-45 days. We usually recommend two treatments per season when the weeds are present and actively growing at or near the surface.

Application:

Spritflo® can be mixed with water and sprayed on the pond. It can also just be poured in the water around the pond, and it will spread through the water by itself within 24 hours. Spritflo® is not a contact herbicide, so it cannot be used to spot treat an area of a larger body of water. You will need to treat all of your water with this product.

Recap: Spritflo® is great for those wanting to treat their whole body of water. It is easy to apply, since you can simply pour it in the water and it will spread by itself. It stays suspended in the water for up to 45 days for longer control. It is a very effective duckweed killer.

 

Dibrox 101:

Dibrox® herbicide is also a great herbicide for submerged and floating weeds, like duckweed, coontail, hydrilla and mifoil.

Control Time:

It controls duckweed in 5-7 days, and submerged weeds in 17-21 days for quick control. We usually recommend using this every 4-6 weeks, or when you see the weeds present and actively growing at or near the surface.

Application:

Dibrox® is a contact, diquat-based herbicide, which means it works directly where it is applied. You can mix Dibrox® with water and spray it over the weeds where you want to treat. This product also works great in our remote control product application boat, the TORMADA®! Dibrox® will sink down under the water to control submerged weeds. You can treat your whole body of water, or you can spot treat smaller sections of weeds.

Recap: Dibrox® is great for anyone looking for quicker control of weeds. It also great for people who don’t want to treat their whole body of water, but only parts of the water or sections of weeds. It is also very effective for removing duckweed.

Finding a pond herbicide can be difficult. Knowing the kind of control you want can help you narrow down a product that will work great for you. Now that you know a little more about our herbicides, you can be one step closer to controlling your pond weeds all season long.

Visit our website at LakeRestoration.com for more information on products for your pond or small lake.

What kind of algae do you have?

April 9, 2019

What kind of algae do you have?

Pond algae can come in many forms, and each pond ecosystem can produce a variety of different species of algae. Algae can form from a variety of factors, including excess nutrients, hot weather, stagnant water and gas build up, just to name a few. Once you identify your algae, the easier it is to treat. But how do you know what kind you have?

Below are several forms of algae that are common in ponds. Find which algae you have and the best way to keep it under control this summer!

1.       Chara Algae  

Chara is a form of algae that often gets mistaken for a weed. It forms a stem and leaf-like structures, but it will be free-floating in the water without roots. Chara has foul smell and a grainy texture. If you crush it between your fingers, it smells like garlic. When left in the sun and out of the water, it will turn to and ashy-grey color. It can form large mats in the water and make it very difficult to use your water recreationally.

Chara can be difficult to control. We recommend using a combination of Mizzen® algaecide with Copper Sulfate at higher label rates to kill this plant. If the plant becomes calcified, it may become harder to treat.

2.       Filamentous Algae

Filamentous algae is often referred to as pond scum or string algae. It can form in mats on top of the water and look like thick, green slime. This algae can form on rocks and other things underneath the water as well. If filamentous algae covers the entire surface of the pond, it can block out the sunlight and deplete the oxygen in the water for fish. 

Filamentous algae can be treated by using Mizzen® Algaecide every 4-6 weeks, or as needed when algae returns.

3.       Planktonic Algae 

Planktonic algae can will look like your water is changing color. It can be present throughout the whole water column. This green or blue-green algae can make your pond look like pea soup or paint. Planktonic algae will stick to things, like rocks, docks, or shorelines.   

Planktonic algae can be treated with Mizzen® Algaecide.

Now that you know what kind of algae you have, it will make it easier to figure out a plan lake and pond algae control. Mizzen® Algaecide and Copper Sulfate will be the go-to products for treating any of these types of algae. We also recommend applying nutrient reducers, like SparKlear®, to help reduce the excess nutrients in your pond and help with water clarity. Apply Mizzen® and SparKlear® all summer to keep control of algae!

Visit our website at LakeRestoration.com to find all of our weed and algae solutions. Also, checkout our Aquatic Plant Identifier tool to help you find what kind of weed you have in your pond!

 

 

 

Prepare for geese! Keep them off our grass this year.

April 4, 2019

Geese can cause a significant mess in your yard. They are coming to your lakefront or pond because you are close to a body of water, making it a convenient spot for them to be, since they can be close to a food source. You may have tried everything to keep them off your lawn and from causing a mess for you.

You are not alone in this struggle. That is why Lake Restoration has a goose deterrent system that is placed between your yard and your water to keep the unwanted geese off your yard!

The Goose D-Fence system from Lake Restoration works great for getting rid of geese, keeping geese off your dock, yard and other areas where they are not wanted. So what makes Goose D-Fence effective?

How and Why it Works

Goose D-Fence provides a barrier between your yard and the water. Geese need access to food and water every 30 minutes, or they will move to a more desired location if they can’t easily access it (they shed feathers in the summer, making them not want to fly if not necessary). Since geese on your lawn will not be able to access the water because of the fence, they will leave and go to a more desirable location.

What is it Made of?

Goose D-Fence is a retractable line system that can be set up and taken down within minutes. The line used in the Goose D-Fence is a clear, mono-filament line, making the Goose D-Fence a very inconspicuous Canadian goose control option. The housing unit contains a total of 500 ft of line and comes with one additional post. The traditional two line setup will cover a span of 250 ft.

Where can you use it?

Below are a few setup examples.

*Some set-ups require more than one system, or additional posts to go around corners and every additional 50-60 feet you are trying to cover. 

Set-up and Take-Down Instructions

Watch how to set-up and take-down the Goose D-Fence System. https://www.youtube.com/embed/eF92EdF5Ccw.

The great thing about Goose D-Fence is that you can take it down and put it back up within 10 minutes. Take it down to mow your grass or let the kids play, then put it right back up afterwards. It is simple and fast to keep geese away!

Geese control can be a challenge for many homeowners. Goose D-Fence is designed to eliminate the unwanted pests and keep them gone and off of your property! Visit us online at LakeRestoration.com, or call a Lake Expert at 877-428-8898!

 Keep geese off you lawn for good with Goose D-Fence!

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