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Blog: Dibrox®, the cost-effective herbicide for you pond or lake!

August 18, 2018

Pond and lakeshores full of aquatic weeds can be one of biggest annoyances of summer. Lucky for you, Lake Restoration has a cost-effective herbicide called Dibrox® that is quickly absorbed by submerged plants.

Just mix it with water, spray it on the surface of your water, and watch all your submerged weeds go away in just 17-21 days! It kills a wide variety of submerged weeds including Hydrilla, Milfoil, Pondweed, Elodea, and is one of Lake Restoration’s most effective Duckweed Herbicides. Because Duckweed is such an aggressive and invasive plant, killing it is not easy. Dibrox®, though, kills Duckweed in just 5-7 days!

Dibrox® is extremely similar to Diquat—its main active ingredient is even 37.3% Diquat; however, Dibrox® is a more cost-effective product. Dibrox is approximately 30% cheaper than Diquat and just as effective. Dibrox is also EPA approved, and there are no swimming or fishing restrictions after application.

With a 4.58/5-star rating on our website, Lake Restoration customers are pleased with Dibrox® as their main aquatic herbicide.  Check out this review by Guy on our website, “I treated a 1/8 to ¼ acre pond covered thick with Duckweed. I applied Dibrox two days ago…in two days Duckweed is almost all TERMINATED. Only dead brownish duckweed remains after two days, even in the middle area where my sprayer won’t reach is dead. In a couple more days it will be totally gone!!!!! Easy….”

Other reviews included, “Our pond looks a lot better after just one treatment,” “Easy to use with great results!” and “Used this product for the first time 2 weeks ago…within a few days plants were dying, after a week it had done the job! Will definitely buy again.”

Dibrox® truly is the product to keep your aquatic weeds in control. To learn more information about this pond and lake weed killer visit Lake Restorations website, www.LakeRestoration.com, or give our experts a call at 763-428-9777. If you have used Dibrox® and loved your results, leave us a review on Google, and let us know on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Say goodbye to your weeds with Dibrox®!

Learn How to Eliminate Muck Fast with LAKEMAID® or MuckMaid®

August 14, 2018

LAKEMAID® and MuckMaid® for Lake Muck Elimination

Lake muck… the gross, squishy mess on the bottom of your lakeshore that makes you not want to step foot in your water. It makes enjoying your lake to the fullest difficult and messy. Not to mention all the weeds that you get tangled in. Did you know Lake Restoration has a few products that can help clear the lake muck from the shore and help you feel sand beneath your feet again?

 

The LAKEMAID® Lake Rake and MuckMaid® Muck Eliminator pellets can clear weeds muck from your dock and swim area. Read on to find out the benefits of each product.

 

LAKEMAID®

LAKEMAID® helps you eliminate both weeds and muck from your lakeshore. Cleaning up your lake shore has never been so easy! You won’t have to strain yourself by removing weeds by raking them with a traditional lake rake. All you need to do is install the LAKEMAID® lake rake where you want it to remove weeds and muck, then sit back and let it do the work for you!

LAKEMAID® has two arms on floats that drag rakes across the lake bottom. As the rakes drag over the weeds, it gently breaks them up. Since weeds are mostly made of water, the weed debris will not wash up on shore after they break up, they will simply disintegrate. 

 

The rakes also expose the sand bottom of your lake from silt and muck. It makes about 3,000 rake passes per day. Once you’ve eliminated the weeds from one area, you can pick up the LAKEMAID® and move it to a different spot in your swim area and start the lake weed removal process there. Keep moving the LAKEMAID® until you’ve reached the desired results in your dock and swim area. It is light-weight and easy to move by yourself.

 

Features:

The LAKEMAID® comes in two sizes, 24 and 36 foot units. It is easy to install, is remarkably lightweight, and can be installed with just one person. It only takes about 15 minutes to install or to remove, making it easy to share, or move to a different location.

 

24 foot unit

·         Covers 450 sq ft

·         Includes a 1 Horsepower pump

·         7 chain rakes

·         Finisher rakes (1, 6ft and 1, 3ft)

36 foot unit

·         Covers 1,010 sq ft

·         Includes a 1 HP pump

·         10 chain rakes

·         Finisher rakes (2, 6ft and 1, 3ft)

 

The LAKEMAID® can help you feel the sand beneath your feet in your dock and swim area in no time!

If you are interested in the LAKEMAID® lake rake system, please visit LakeRestoration.com, or call us at 877-428-8898 to speak to a Lake Expert.

 

MuckMaid® Muck Eliminator Pellets

MuckMaid® muck pellets will help you clear the muck away by simply tossing pellets out into your dock and swim area every 2-4 weeks. It’s really that easy! MuckMaid® contains beneficial bacteria, enzymes and trace minerals that help eat away at organic matter (muck and sludge) left behind by dead and decayed weeds, and other dead aquatic matter.

MuckMaid® will take care of about 1-3 inches of muck per application, depending on the type of organic matter and muck present. You'll see sand on the bottom of your lakeshore in no time at all!

Let us help you get rid of weeds and muck fast! Visit LakeRestoration.com for all of your aquatic herbicide and equipment needs.

What Kind of Algae is in Your Water?

August 9, 2018

What kind of algae is in your pond or lake?

In most aquatic ecosystems, algae is a common occurrence as part of a healthy body of water. However, the overgrowth of algae can cause issues in your pond, not to mention the not-so-great appearance and foul smell algae can bring.

Algae can form rapidly, leaving your pond very green, and possibly leaving you stuck on where to start getting rid of the mess. Warm temps, excess nutrients, and lack of water movement can really accelerate algae growth quickly, and before you know if, your water is overtaken by it. The good news is, when algae gets out of hand, control can be taken back by using an aquatic algaecide.

Most of our copper algaecides, like our Mizzen® algaecide, can treat almost all forms of algae. The first step is to identify the type of algae you have so you know how much product you are going to need to control it. Below are a variety of algae species commonly found in ponds or lakes.

Planktonic algae

Planktonic algae is often described as looking like paint or a green oil slick on the water. It is millions of microplants and can make all of your water look green and pea soup-like.  Like a lot of the other algae species, it can be beneficial to a healthy pond in small amounts. When it overtakes the water, you risk having fish kills from lack of oxygen entering the water. In very hot weather, you may notice larger amounts of planktonic algae in the water, and it can come back within days of treating. It can look blue-green, green, brown or variations of this.

 Filamentous Algae

Filamentous algae, sometimes referred to as pond moss, is a mat forming algae that can float on the surface of your water in slimey, green clumps, or be found submerged under the water clinging to rocks or other plants. Filamentous algae can make your pond look “scummy,” and this algae can also reproduce quickly in ponds or lakes with little water movement, or in very hot weather. Like planktonic algae, it can be beneficial to water ecosystems in normal amounts. The issues arise when it grows too much, depleting the water, and other plants and animals, of sunlight and oxygen.

Chara

Chara is a submerged algae plant that often gets confused with a submerged weed. Chara smells almost like garlic; foul and musty. The green plant has 6 to 16 whorled branches and is crunchy and grainy to feel. Chara provides some food source for some aquatic life. They thrive in water that is hard and has little oxygen. Chara will require high rates of a copper-complex algaecide to control it.

Starry Stonewort

Perhaps the most invasive algae on our list, starry stonewort is a fast growing plant that can outcompete native plants or ruin fish spawning habitat. Not only does it wreak havoc on aquatic life, but it can make fishing, boating, or any other aquatic recreational activity near impossible. Its sporadic branches that point upwards at a slight angle. It has a small, cream-colored "star" bulbil. It can float up near the surface in extremely thick mats. The spread of starry stonewort is prohibited. High rates of a copper-complex algaecide will control it.

Blue Green (Toxic) Algae

Toxic, or blue-green algae is not actually algae at all. It is a photosynthetic bacteria called cyanobacteria, that is the result of an extreme algae overgrowth. It can form a layer of scum or some mats on the surface that can look blue, green, purple, brown, or red. Blue-Green algae smells foul. It is often found in slow moving waters with warm temperatures where algae growth is excessive. This algae can be very harmful to aquatic life, livestock, pets and humans. Do not go near toxic algae, and always call local authorities if it is spotted in a public body of water.

Mizzen® Algaecide can help you get rid of algae you need controlled. Visit our website at LakeRestoration.com for Mizzen® and other aquatic herbicide and algaecide products.

How to get rid of pesky watermeal

July 27, 2018

Does a watermeal invasion have your pond gasping for air? Watermeal control can be difficult because it is such a small plant and can double the area it covers in two days. 

Watermeal is a light green, strawberry seed sized plant that floats on the surface of the water. When it rains, watermeal will sink under the surface, but rise back up after the rain. If the wind is strong, it will blow to one side of your pond.

It will create a dense mat across the whole pond and deplete the oxygen levels which causes poor pond health. This can kill off any fish you have and encourage the growth of unwanted weeds and algae. Another reason watermeal can be so hard to eliminate is because watermeal can be brought back into your pond by wildlife and waterfowl.

By using a pond products for watermeal, you can eliminate watermeal quickly and increase the overall health of your pond which has most likely been decreased by the presence of watermeal. In just a few simple steps you can be on your way to a beautiful, clear pond in no time.

Step 1: Clipper HerbicideUse

Clipper herbicide to eliminate watermeal and submerged weeds. Clipper is specifically formulated to kill watermeal so it works much more effectively than other aquatic herbicides for this purpose.

Step 2: Mizzen®

AlgaecideSpray Mizzen algaecide to take care of recurring algae. In a couple days, algae will begin to brown and settle to the bottom of the pond.

Step 3: SparKlear®

Introduce SparKlear nutrient reducer to reduce excess nutrients that reduce the health of your pond. This will also improve water clarity and reduce any organic matter and muck.

Step 4: Sapphire Bay® Pond Dye

Dying your pond with Sapphire Bay will introduce a blue tint to the water. You can apply it to achieve your desired color.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Pond

After these steps, you can sit back and enjoy the beauty of your pond! The algaecide and herbicide will start working immediately, and in a week or so, your pond will begin to clear. The other products will help limit regrowth and improve the looks of the pond. You may have to treat a few times per season if the watermeal does come back again.

 

Is there a fun and easy way to treat for weeds and algae?

July 20, 2018

It’s aquatic weed and algae season! That means if you live by a lake or pond, you are exploring options on how to get rid of your weeds and algae. Treating weeds and algae takes time and planning, and can sometimes be a daunting task depending on how accessible your water features are (and how easily you can get in a boat to treat your pond with a sprayer).

Do you have trouble getting into your water with a boat to be able to spray or dump product in your pond or dock and swim area? Do you want to take the chore out of treating for weeds and algae each year?

The TORMADA® application boat, patented and manufactured by Lake Restoration, will solve those problems for you, making applying liquid product to your water simple and fun! With the TORMADA® aquatic herbicide application boat, you can stand at your dock or shore and empty product from the TORMADA® with a remote control.

The TORMADA® can be used with many liquid Lake Restoration herbicides and algaecides, and even some pest control products. Product include:

·         Dibrox®

·         Mizzen®

·         Liquid 2,4-D

·         Liquid SparKlear®

·         Spritflo®

The TORMADA® comes in two different models. The TORMADA T2 boat features an electric ON/OFF valve that allows you to control the product outflow by remote.

The battery operates for approximately 20 minutes on one charge, and the tank capacity is one gallon. The remote control allows you to control fan speed and direction. At under 3ft long and weighing only 20 pounds, the TORMADA® is easy to maneuver to your water area and is easy to clean.

Using the TORMADA®

Filling the TORMADA® with liquid products is easy and should be done on the shore before putting the TORMADA® in the water. Simply place a funnel into the opening on top of the TORMADA® and pour in product. Put the cap back on the tank opening and place the TORMADA® in the water. Turn the valve on the TORMADA® to the flow rate you would like (or adjust it on the T2 Series with the remote control). Planning your route ahead of time will help save product and time. Bring the TORMADA® back to shore and close the flow valve.

Follow the link to watch a video of the TORMADA® in action https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wjj2VTauCbM

The TORMADA® will save you time and effort when treating your weeds this summer. There’s no better time to order than now to take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING* offer! Give it a try today!

What causes severe algae blooms?

July 18, 2018

What causes severe algae blooms? 

Have you ever seen this unpleasantly green algae in your pond or lakeshore? Well for those of you who have struggled with this green goop, we have some facts and solutions for you! 

 

Algae is a very common form of aquatic vegetation that feeds off of many environmental factors. When algae grows out of control, it can turn into toxic (blue-green) algae, which can be harmful to humans, animals, and your fish and wildlife. It is very important to control and treat your algae as soon as possible, and as frequently as needed, to ensure your safety, along with preserving your pond or lake appearance.

 

 Causes of algae:

Excess amounts of nutrients such as Phosphorus

Animal manure & fertilizer runoff

Warmer temperature

Sunlight

Still water

 

Hazards if left untreated:

Algae blocks sunlight and depletes oxygen levels

Fish need a food source and oxygen to survive

Decomposing algae increases the depletion of oxygen

Algae can turn into blue-green algae, which is toxic to household pets and humans

Toxic blue-green algae can cause rashes, allergic reaction, stomach aches, vomiting, ect in humans and animals if exposed.

 

Solutions for algae:

Lake Restoration has several treatment options:

 

For lowering phosphorus levels and excess nutrients: PhosControl®, SparKlear®

It is important to treat with nutrient reducers early on in the season so to prevent algae overgrowth issues. When using nutrient reducers, you can expect to see improvement in water clarity and a reduction in organic matter and pond muck.

Algaecide Options: Mizzen® Algaecide

Use a pond algaecide frequently throughout the summer to battle existing algae and spot treat when needed.  

Aeration: Vitaflume® Vortex floating, aerating fountain

Aeration can help improve the oxygen levels and gas exchange in your water by moving 7,000 to 10,000 gallons per hour! It can also keep movement in your water so that algae mats have a hard time forming. Shop our Vitaflume® floating pond fountains to learn about aeration benefits.

With Lake Restoration solutions for algae, there's no way you'll have anything but a perfect summer on your water!

20 Bucket List Items for Minnesota Summers:

July 12, 2018

Summer might be almost halfway over already, but it’s never too early to explore our great state of Minnesota!

20 Bucket List Items for Minnesota Summers:

   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.

Granular Herbicide Options for Lakes

July 11, 2018

Granular Herbicide Options for Lakes

Lake season is in full-swing! Fun on the water can include all sorts of things, like boating, swimming, and fishing to name a few. Your summer is going great, until you notice those pesky lake weeds sneaking up on you, threating to take all your summer fun away.

Instead of struggling with raking your weeds (which will just spread the problem and be a waste of time) you can look at a few easy to apply granular aquatic herbicide options to kill whatever you find growing beneath your water. Granular herbicides are easy to apply because they do not require any dilution or spray equipment. You can simply use a broadcasting spreader, or just your hand or scoop to cast out the pellets into the water.

First thing’s first… go out and take a close look at what kind of problem or weed you have going on. Pull some out of the water for a closer look, or head over to our aquatic plant identifier tool to help you find out what you have.

If you have a common lake weed, such as milfoil, hydrilla, coontail, curly-leaf pondweed, etc., you may want to consider the following granular options for your treatment plan.

Hydrothol Granular

Hydrothol Granular is a popular option for dock and swim areas. It is good for treating a variety of weeds, such as milfoil, hydrilla, elodea and more. It also is great for algae, having a mild algaecide in its formula. A 20 pound bag treats up to 4,000 sq ft for $99.99. Pair it with Muck Maid® Muck Eliminator pellets for an all-around solution for muck, algae, and weeds.

Aquathol Super K

Aquathol Super K is another popular endothall products. It is known for its great work on curly leaf and clasping leaf pond weed, and works great on a variety of other submerged weeds, too. Ten pounds will cover up to 12,000 sq ft and is $259.

Navigate Herbicide

Navigate is a very selective herbicide for Eurasian watermilfoil. This will also control waterlilies and watershield that has not yet reached the surface. It comes in 50 pound bags and runs $235 to treat a half acre.

Copper Sulfate

Copper sulfate is a granular algaecide that is great for filamentous and planktonic algae issues, as well as chara and starry stonewort control. Large amounts of copper sulfate will also control swimmers itch and leeches. 50 pounds is $169.

Granular Dock and Swim Products

These products include Hydrothol Granular and MuckMaid®. Hydrothol will get rid of weeds and algae, while MuckMaid® will eliminate muck and sludge from the bottom of your lake. Products for 4,000 square feet are $155.

Getting rid of your lake weeds doesn’t have to be a hassle! Visit us at LakeRestoration.com for all your product needs.

 

 

Toxic Algae: What is it? How can you prevent it?

July 5, 2018

In peak algae season all over the country, it is not uncommon for bodies of water to have at least a little bit of algae on them. High temperatures are perfect growing weather for algae. Algae is a normal part of a water ecosystem, but when algae overgrows rapidly, it can become dangerous. Toxic algae can occur in all 50 states.

What is toxic algae?

When algae experiences an overgrowth, this is called an algae bloom. Some large algae blooms contain toxins that are harmful to humans. Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, are the harmful type of algae blooms. Algae blooms can occur in salt and fresh water and can be toxic to humans and animals alike. These blooms happen in slow moving water, in high-sunlight areas, and in waters with excess nutrients that algae like to feed off of (nitrogen and phosphorus).

An algae bloom can look like paint on the water or like scum. These can vary in color, from green, red, blue and brown. It will most often smell foul as well.

Harmful effects of toxic algae:

Animals and humans can experience negative side effects of toxic algae exposure. Irritation or rashes can happen, along with vomiting, weakness, diarrhea, and more. In pets that have been exposed, lethargy, difficulty breathing, vomiting may occur. If symptoms are left untreated, severe illness or even death may occur. If you or a pet is exposed to toxic algae, wash off and monitor for signs of exposure for the following few hours. Seek medical attention if symptoms are occurring.

If you see toxic algae, report it to your local authorities and stay away from the water. Don’t allow kids or pets in the water.

How to prevent and treat growth:

Since large algae blooms happen due to conditions such as ample sunlight, excess nutrients, and stagnant water, there are a few things you should consider doing to prevent prime algae overgrowth.

1.       Treat existing algae with an algaecide, such as Mizzen® algaecide from Lake Restoration.

2.       Use a nutrient reducer, such as SparKlear® or PhosControl® to rid your water of excess nutrients that aid in rapid algae growth. Make sure grass clippings and leaves aren’t getting into your water (this creates more excess nutrients in your pond).

3.       Use an aerating fountain, like the Vitaflume® floating fountain from Lake Restoration. The fountain will help keep water moving and gas exchanged between the water and the air.

While algae growth is common this time of year and is a normal part of a healthy pond, overgrowth of algae can be dangerous. Take precautions and prevent algae from taking over your pond with the help of products from Lake Restoration! Shop all pond weed and algae products online at LakeRestoration.com. FREE SHIPPING* on all orders!

Can you remove lake weeds and muck in 24 hours?

June 19, 2018

Did you know there is a way to remove unwanted lake weeds and muck in as little as 24 hours? You can do this with help from the LAKEMAID® lake weed and muck removal system from Lake Restoration!

You won’t have to strain yourself by removing weeds by raking them with a traditional lake rake. All you need to do is install the LAKEMAID® lake rake where you want it to remove weeds and muck, then sit back and let it do the work for you!

How it works:

LAKEMAID® has two arms on floats, which are connected to a pump positioned on the lake bottom. The pump takes water in and pushes it through the arms. The water propels the arms forward, dragging the hanging chains and rakes across the bottom of your lake. As the rakes drag over the lake weeds and muck, it gently breaks them up. Since weeds are mostly made of water, the weed debris will not wash up on shore after they break up, they will simply disintegrate.

The rakes also expose the sand bottom of your lake from silt and muck. It makes about 3,000 rake passes per day. Once you’ve eliminated the weeds from one area, you can pick up the LAKEMAID® and move it to a different spot in your swim area and start the removal process there. Keep moving the LAKEMAID® until you’ve reached the desired results in your dock and swim area.  

Features:

The LAKEMAID® comes in two sizes, 24 and 36 foot units. It is easy to install, is remarkably lightweight, and can be done with just one person. It only takes about 15 minutes to install or to remove, making it easy to share or move to a different location.

24 foot unit

·         Covers 450 sq ft

·         Includes a 1 Horsepower pump

·         7 chain rakes

·         Finisher rakes (1, 6ft and 1, 3ft)

 

36 foot unit

·         Covers 1,010 sq ft

·         Includes a 1 HP pump

·         10 chain rakes

·         Finisher rakes (2, 6ft and 1, 3ft)

The LAKEMAID® can help you feel the sand beneath your feet in your dock and swim area in no time!

 

If you are interested in the LAKEMAID® lake rake system, please visit LakeRestoration.com, or call us at 877-428-8898 to speak to a Lake Expert. 

 

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