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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!

Pond Duckweed – How to beat it early!

March 29, 2019

Duckweed: a small, green, floating plant that is known for its rapid growth in ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water. It can infest a small pond or quiet bay in a matter of days! Duckweed can prove to be a struggle for home owners all season long. To make duckweed matters worse, even after treatment, it can still be brought into your pond by wildlife.

So, how does one keep on top of duckweed so it doesn’t get too out of control in your pond? We have a great line of products that will help you in how to get rid of duckweed. Below is a guide showing you which products to use and when to use them so you can keep your pond clear and beautiful all summer!

What products to use and how to use them:

Lake Restoration Pond Products includes a herbicide, algaecide, nutrient reducer, and dye to eliminate weeds, algae, muck and excess nutrients, as well as to give your pond a nice blue color. We recommend using all pond products in order to yield best pond results with duckweed removal.

Dibrox® Herbicide

Dibrox® is a contact herbicide you can use to kill pond duckweed infestations, and also treat your whole pond if needed. We recommend treating every 4-6 weeks, or when you see duckweed reappearing in your pond!

Mizzen® Algaecide

Use Mizzen® to control algae and pond scum in your pond. You can also use this to spot treat patches of algae, or treat your whole pond at once. Repeat every 4-6 weeks or when algae re-appears.

SparKlear® Nutrient Reducer (Comes in pellets or liquid form)

Beneficial bacteria and enzymes to help with water clarity and muck reduction. We recommend using it every 2-4 weeks to keep your pond clear and muck-free.

Sapphire Bay® Pond Dye

Simply pour in your pond to give it a pleasing blue color!

Now that you know what products to use, let’s talk about how to apply. Keeping up with duckweed all summer can be a large task. Make it easier with our remote control product application boat, the TORMADA®!

TORMADA®  – The remote controlled, lightweight product application boat enables ponds and dock areas to be treated for Duckweed and other weeds from the shore without having to spray products, or launch a manned boat. Fill the tank of the TORMADA® with any of our liquid products and drive it around your pond while dispersing product. That’s it! It’s that easy to treat your pond with our products using this helpful and fun tool!

With the help of Lake Restoration's Pond Products, duckweed won't stand a chance in your pond this year!

Visit us at LakeRestoration.com to shop Pond Products.

7 Spring Backyard Cleanup Tips

March 26, 2019

7 Spring Backyard Cleanup Tips

Spring cleaning can be a dreaded task, especially after a few months of neglecting your outdoor areas and spaces. Now that spring has sprung, take a walk around your yard, garden, and patio areas to assess what you’ll need to get done before summer hits.

Get a jump on the project so when the weather warms up, you’ll be able to enjoy your yard and begin planting, landscaping, hosting parties, and more without having to do last-minute cleanup!

1.       What’s Your Plan?

When you first walk into your yard, you might notice you haven’t taken a good look at your backyard in a few months. There may be more to be done than you expected. Walk around and make a list of the small and large tasks that can be taken care of right away. Plot a course of action for what can be done first, then think about what your overall goal is for some of the larger projects that arise. Also, make sure you have tools and equipment for repairing and cleaning.

·         Broom

·         Garbage bags or wheel barrel for debris

·         Tree and plant trimmers

·         Hammer, screw driver, and nails for small repairs

·         Wash cloth and water

·         Hose

·         Touch-up paint for buildings

2.       Garbage and Debris

As you’re walking around, you’ll notice any garbage laying around that may have blown into your yard. Take time to clean up any trash. Leaves and brush may have been left behind from fall. Rake any plant debris lying around and bag to use in compost or save as insulator for prepping plants for winter next fall. Do you have pets? Clean up any messes they’ve made that may create obstacles later on.

3.       Assess Your Plants and Trees

How are your annual plants looking? Take time to trim and clean up their appearance, as well as the area surrounding them. Did the wind and storms damage any trees or plants? You may look around and see broken branches or a newly planted tree leaning slightly. Make sure you take any clearly broken parts of trees or plants off the plant, or pick them up from the surrounding area. Give your trees proper support (you may have to wait until the ground warms up to apply stakes for support if you live in a cold climate). Make note of any plants and trees that look like they won’t make it another season, and note where to remove and re-plant.

4.       Structure Repair and Cleanup

If you have a barn, pole barn, shed, lean-to, dog kennel, or any other type of structure in your yard that has been neglected in the last few months, check them out. Look for damage, areas to be cleaned out, and the overall look of the outside (if it will need a good washing), especially if it is an older structure.  If you live in a cold climate, winter can be tough on buildings, so make sure you know of any repairs that need to be taken care of before they will need to be used for summer. Take time to clean out cobwebs, dirt and dust, or rodent-takeover. Wash windows, re-paint siding, and fix leaking roofs.

5.       Pond and Backyard Water Features

Once the ice comes off your pond or water feature, it’s time to start thinking of how you are going to prevent weeds and algae from taking over this summer. Pond herbicides are a great way to combat your problems with floating or submerged weeds. Use a pond herbicide, such as Dibrox®, to tackle duckweed, milfoil, or hydrilla.  Dibrox® is quickly absorbed by the plants and you will see fast results.

If you have algae in your pond or water feature, using a chelated copper based algaecide will quickly control the filamentous algae.  As the temperatures start to climb, algae can return quite often.  Continue to use an algaecide, such as Mizzen®, to keep your water looking crystal clear. Lake Restoration, Inc., offers solutions to help you see clear and beautiful water in your pond or water feature all summer long.

6.       Patio Condition

If you have a porch, deck, or patio area, you probably need to clean and repair anything that needs some T.L.C before you host any summer get-togethers. Clean and wash any patio furniture you have (chairs, tables, umbrellas, cushions, etc.). Sweep and pressure wash your concrete surface, or sweep and wash your deck. If your deck looks like it could use a fresh coat of paint, plan on doing so when the weather warms up and becomes slightly more stable (avoiding rainy days). If you have plants around your patio area, make sure they are in good condition and trim them if needed. Plan where to re-plant or add to your plant area.

7.       Till Your Garden

Soil can be tilled in the spring. You must wait until the soil is dry and warm enough. You should till your garden when the dirt crumbles in your hand (indicating it is dry) and when it reaches 60°. You can also get bean stocks and tomato cages ready for when it’s time to plant.

Spring cleanup can be a bit of work depending on the amount you find needs to be done, but once you have a plan, your yard will be looking summer-ready in no time at all!

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®!

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