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How Can I Use A Pond or Lake De-Icer this Winter?

December 5, 2018

It’s getting cold! If you live in the parts of the world where winter brings ice to your pond or lake, this can be an exciting and challenging time of year. If you’re no stranger to ice, you know it can make caring for your dock area or shoreline more difficult.

If you have permanent docks or other shoreline structures that are subject to ice damage each year, you may want to consider a dock or marina de-icer to keep ice from forming around your property. A dock de-icer can also make in-water winter boat storage a possibility for you! So how do de-icers work to keep ice away from your shoreline?

Dock de-icers work to move water heated by the earth up to the surface, making it harder for ice to form where the water is being moved. This creates an open area of water for your dock, boat, and other shoreline structures.

De-icers prevent ice damage and ice jacking from ruining your shoreline and property. Ice jacking happens when sheets of ice start to shift and move, putting pressure on docks and pilings, thus damaging the structures.

Benefits of having a dock deicer include:

·         In- water ice/dock storage

·         Prevents ice-jacking damage to shoreline or in-water property

·         Waterfowl hunters – keeps pond water open for decoys, equipment, and attracts birds

·         Keeps open water for wildlife watering

·         Can prevent lake debris from settling in your dock area

·         Aerating benefits for fish and aquatic life, and improves water quality

Lake Restoration De-Icers include the rope suspension assembly, with option to purchase the dock mount system separately. This allows for customization according to your specific de-icing needs. Our de-icers come pre-assembled, and only require you to fasten the ropes to your dock poles, pilings, or boat, and plug in!

De-icers come with the ½ horse power motor and 50 foot electric cord.

Lake Restoration De-icers are made and manufactured in house. We offer high quality de-icers, made to withstand the frigid waters of Minnesota! All de-icers come with a 2 year warranty.

For more information on our de-icers, see our website http://www.lakerestoration.com/p-187-de-icer.aspx.

Don’t let ice damage ruin your winter! Keep your water open, and keep your peace of mind.

 

Fall Backyard Cleanup Tips

September 20, 2018

As the weather gets a little colder and the leaves start turning, it’s time to start thinking about prepping your yard for next summer! Fall is a great time to care for and prep your lawn, garden, structures, water landscapes and other landscapes. Doing the work on your yard now will set you up for a smooth-sailing winter and a great spring ahead.

 

So where do you start? Follow these tips and steps for successful fall cleanup and prep!

 

Clean Up:

Start with the easiest step first. Pick up any garbage laying around, and get rid of any junk you’ve been meaning to take to the dump. This will make things a lot easier with less clutter to get in your way! You can also take the time to clean out your sheds and garages to get rid of excess clutter and re-organize.

 

Lawn Care Tips:

Your grass growth may slow down as the fall arrives, but this does not mean you should neglect it. Keep on mowing and watering your grass until the sprinklers must be blown out (if you’re in a climate that requires it). You can also cut your grass shorter for the last couple of mowings.

Aerating the soil will help when it comes time to fertilize your lawn. The holes the aerator produces in your lawn will allow water and air to get into your grass, therefore increasing the health. Fertilizing in the fall is very important in setting up your lawn for good growth in spring and summer.

 

Clean Out Gutters:

Cleaning out any falling leaves, sticks or other debris from your gutters will be crucial to making sure your gutter systems work properly for winter precipitation.

 

Rake Leaves:

This could be a fun one to recruit your kids for! Keeping leaves off your lawn will help the grass and soil breath better. Also, rotting and decaying leaves can sometimes create fungal diseases on your grass. Rake and bag the leaves early on so they don’t have time to harm your grass.

 

Plants and Gardens:

Make sure you take time to trim down bushes and annual plants.  You can even take some leaves you rake and put them around your plants as an insulator. Remove any dead plants that won’t make it another season. Make sure to mix in your compost to help replace soil nutrients lost during the summer growing season. Take note in your vegetable garden of which veggies and plants did well, and which did not.

 

Prepare Ponds and Water Features:

You may think that since summer is ending you don’t need to do anything else to your pond this year, but think again! Your pond could greatly benefit from adding nutrient reducers, such as PhosControl and SparKlear to it during fall. This will help break down any decaying weeds, algae and muck in your pond, as well as reduce nutrients in your pond that are necessary for algae and weed growth.

 

Yard Pest Control:

Did you know ticks are still active in the fall months? Make sure to spray your property or wooded areas near your yard to keep ticks away. Multiple Lake Restoration pest products will repel ticks when sprayed outside near wooded areas and grasses. Also, keeping long vegetation in your yard short as the fall comes will help keep ticks off your property. Lake Restoration pest products will control many other pests as well!

 

Get a head start on all of your fall prep. Make a list of what you need, where to start, and which projects take president over the others. This will ensure that by the time winter comes, you will already be prepared for spring!

How to Kill Cattails and Phragmites

September 13, 2018

If you own a pond or a lake shore property, you may have run into an issue, big or small, with cattails and reeds (phragmites). Whether cattails and reeds are taking over your whole pond, or just a small section of your lake property, getting rid of these plants can be challenging. Wondering how to kill cattails and phragmites for good?

Lake Restoration offers an effective solution for killing cattails and phragmites, as well as any other emergent weeds.

If you have tried simply cutting the plants down, this may have only spread the seeds, creating new growth potential.

If you have tried pulling or cutting these weeds out with no success, it might be time to try a herbicide solution, like the Cattail and Waterlily Control products from Lake Restoration.

Killing phragmites and cattails in the fall when they are over 4ft tall and the water temp is still above 60 degrees is the ideal treatment time. You don’t want to treat them in early spring when they are already dead from the winter weather. Treating cattails when they are alive is key so they can absorb the chemical from the herbicide.

With this cattail herbicide solution, the mixture of the herbicide and surfactant, then mixed with water, is sprayed on the plant itself. After 3-4 weeks, the plant will turn brown and wilt. At this point, you may remove the plant from the ground or cut them down without having to worry about spreading the seeds. The seeds will have been dried up from the chemical. This herbicide can take care of up to 60% of cattail regrowth for the next year.

Mixing the herbicide in a gallon pump sprayer will work fine for spraying the cattails or phragmites with the herbicide solution. You can spray the whole plant from base to top with the herbicide. Make sure the spray flow is more than just a mist.

Make sure you wear proper clothing and protective equipment. Wearing long sleeves and pants, as well as gloves, goggles and safety respirator is important to protect yourself while treating the plants.

Killing cattails and phragmites can be done! Taking the right steps and treating at the right time of year can make it a more successful attempt at getting rid of them so you can enjoy the beauty of your pond again!

Reasons a Vitaflume® Floating Fountain would be great for your pond

August 27, 2018

It’s late summer, and you notice a foul smell coming from your pond from overgrown pond vegetation and built up gases trapped in your water. You may be treating for weeds and algae, but you’re wondering if there is something else you can do to keep your pond healthy and beautiful.

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.

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.

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.

Fountains can 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.

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.

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. With optional lighting and three cord lengths to choose from, you can customize the perfect fountain for your water.

Shop Vitaflume® at LakeRestoration.com.

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!

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