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Creating a nice Beach and Swim Area

June 10, 2015

Summer is here.  Do you have a pond, or house/cabin with lake shore?  A great way to cool off is to take a dip in the lake and then relax on your beach.  There are many ways that you can improve your dock and aquatic recreational area. 

Get rid of unwanted submerged weeds automatically with the LAKEMAID®.  The LAKEMAID® is a light weight, lake weed and muck removal machine that will expose the clean, sandy bottom beneath.  It is available in 12’ units that cover 110 square feet, 24’ units that cover 450 square feet and 36’ units that cover 1,010 square feet.   All units have “one person” installation and can easily be moved around and shared.  Watch our LAKEMAID® video!

You can also clean up the organic debris that is in the water with MuckMaid®.   It will help improve your water clarity will devouring the muck.  It is easy to apply and has no restrictions for swimming.  You will see great results in just weeks and can get back to enjoying the pond or lakefront.

The best kit for removing lake weeds in your dock and swimming area would be our RestoreAccess® kit.  This kit controls submerged weeds like milfoil and hydrilla and it also kills algae around your dock or swim area.  Also included is our MuckMaid® to eliminate the muck.  If you are looking for a granular form of this kit, we have the RestoreAccess® “G”.  It includes Hydrothol Granular for controlling a wide range range of submerged weeds or algae and includes MuckMaid® for getting rid of any organic build up.

For cleaning up the beach sand area, remove large rocks and then use a screening rake to help sift through the smaller rocks.  If you have unwanted weeds or grass in the beach area, using our Open Water Kit to effectively kill grass, weeds, poison ivy and woody brush around your pond or lake.  It is excellent for beach areas above the water line.  Not only will you kill the plant, you will kill the root!

Now that you have gotten rid of your aquatic weeds, keep the geese off of your nice beach and manicured lawn with the Goose D-Fence® System.  The Goose D-Fence® system is a patented, retractable fence that keeps unwanted geese off of your property.  When it comes time to play, mow, or access the water, just wind it up.  It can be installed or removed within 10 minutes and the best part is that it is inconspicuous and attractive.

Don’t forget about safety.  Be prepared with a Life Ring or a Rescue Station. 

A great addition to your beach area would be adding an outdoor eating space.  Complete it with lawn chairs, a picnic table, and even a fire pit for roasting marshmallows or hot dogs.  Having a place to relax or play outside of the water is an added bonus.  Enjoy your hard work and beautiful oasis!

Prevent Algae Blooms in your Pond

June 10, 2015

With the warm summer temperatures rising, we are seeing an increase in algae blooms this summer.  You can keep your pond’s algae and scum levels under control by using an algaecide and nutrient reducers.

During the summer months, phosphorus levels in ponds often spike due to the use of fertilizers.  High levels of phosphorus will promote excessive weed growth and algae blooms.  Phosphorus is the main source of food for algae, and algae cannot survive without it. We recommend using PhosControl®, a granular product used for reducing phosphorus levels and clarifying the water, to help deter the growth of algae.  PhosControl® bonds with the phosphorus, making it unavailable to aquatic plants and algae.  The use of PhosControl® is very important because each phone of phosphorus will product 500 pounds of aquatic plant/algae growth. 

Any organic material in your pond will decay over time and deplete the amount of oxygen in the water.  SparKlear®, a nutrient reducer, is the biological control for ponds and small lakes.  The SparKlear® pellets contain bacteria, enzymes and trace minerals to promote the health of your pond by reducing the nutrients available for weed and algae growth.  If the organic matter is left untreated, this material can release harmful gasses such as CO2 while decaying.  It is important to reduce the build-up and keep the nutrient levels under control. 

Promoting the overall health of your pond and reducing the amount of nutrients in your pond will help keep the algae blooms away.  “Customers can extend the beauty of their pond by killing the algae and treating the excess nutrient levels,” says Mary Jo Furman, Retail Sales Supervisor at Lake Restoration. “We want our customers to be able to enjoy looking at their pond or water feature and not see the scum floating on the top.”

As algal blooms appear, we recommend using a liquid algaecide that can easily be mixed with water and sprayed over the surface of the pond.  You can even spot treat algae mats as needed.  We offer a variety of sizes in their Mizzen® Algaecide.  Mizzen® starts at $14.75 for 2,500 square feet of coverage and scales up to a gallon for $31.95 covering approximately a half of an acre.  Gallons packs are available at a discount.

You can keep your pond or water feature looking great all year long.  Our team of pond experts work all year round to help you create a seasonal treatment program to sustain the beauty of health of your pond.  

 

Duckweed and Watermeal are still causing problems in ponds

June 10, 2015

Protect your pond from unwanted aquatic plants like Duckweed, Watermeal and Algae with Lake Restoration’s PONDRestore® kits. 

Aquatic plants are a necessary component to a pond.  However, too many aquatic plants can be aesthetically displeasing or even limit recreational use of the water.  Here is a prime example of how aquatic plants get into your beautiful, weed free farm pond.  This little turtle is out for a walk, probably making its way from one pond and heading to the next.  This little guy is covered in duckweed and watermeal.  Once this turtle enters the new pond, this pond will now be infected with both Duckweed and Watermeal. 

Duckweed and Watermeal are very small floating green plants that can reproduce very rapidly if not treated.  Duckweed is often mistaken for algae.  It may have a tiny ‘roots’ extending from the underside of the plant.  Watermeal is the smallest of the flowering plants and generally very difficult to control.  It often coexists with duckweed.  Watermeal shows no visible roots and often look like green corn meal.

Many ways that floating plants get into your pond would be through other pond wildlife, roaming animals or waterfowl.   Submerged plants can also get into your pond the same way or be washed into the pond.  If you have a lot of run off from fertilizers, this can also cause an imbalance of phosphorus and other nutrient levels.  Also, if you have rotting vegetation in the pond this will increase the nutrient levels in the pond.

Like Algae, Watermeal and Duckweed thrive in nutrient rich waters.  If you have either of these aquatic plants in your pond, we recommend using the PONDRestore® Kit, with the herbicide Fluridone or the PONDRestore® Watermeal kit that has the herbicide Clipper.  Both kits contain Mizzen® Algaecide for treating a wide variety of algae, Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye, and a nutrient reducer SparKlear®.  By using Lake Restoration’s complete pond kit, you will get rid of the unwanted aquatic plants and your pond will find balance. 

Lake Restoration introduces new 36ā€™ LAKEMAID and upgraded Anchor system

June 10, 2015

The LAKEMAID® is a lightweight lake weeds and muck removal machine and is now being offered as a 36’ unit.  The LAKEMAID® eliminates submerged weeds near dock and swimming areas while removing muck and silt for a clean, sandy lake bottom.  This new unit covers 1,010 square feet and quickly eliminates weeds by making 3,000 rake passes within 24 hours.  The LAKEMAID® eliminates weeds in a few days and continues working as long as you’d like.  The rakes simply brush across the lake bottom, keeping your area clean and clear of lake weeds.  The LAKEMAID’s® rakes will also eliminate the build-up of silt and muck.

The LAKEMAID® is environmentally safe.  The support arms gently pull the rakes over the lake weeds, gradually wearing them down until they disintegrate completely.  This means very few weeds end up on the shore and won’t accumulate in the swimming area.  The LAKEMAID® is also available in 12’ units that cover 110 square feet and 24’ units that cover 450 square feet.  “The LAKEMAID is not difficult to install and once that is completed, we can forget it and just watch the efficiency of the LAKEMAID,” says Shirley Larson, a current LAKEMAID® customer.  “I especially like the free standing unit.”  All units can easily be installed or removed within 15 minutes.  

All sizes of the LAKEMAID® receive the upgraded anchor system.  The new anchor system prevents the pump from turning and the cord from twisting.  Instead of using an anchor bag, there are two pipes that secure into the lake bottom and fasten to the pump handle. 

The LAKEMAID® is manufactured by Lake Restoration, Inc. in Rogers, MN.  View the LAKEMAID® video or call us for details.

Lake Weed and Algae Control Kits Available for Under $100 and New Ultra ā€œGā€ Kit

June 10, 2015

We have aquatic weed and algae control kits for under $100 and are offering a new size of our RestoreAcces® "G" kit.  These complete kits are a valuable tool in improving access to the water for recreational activities such as swimming, fishing and water skiing.

Our RestoreAccess® dock and swim area control kits are available for $68.00. The RestoreAccess® kit effectively controls submerged lake weeds like milfoil and hydrilla while killing the algae. The kit includes Dibrox™ Herbicide, Mizzen® Algaecide and MuckMaid®.  The all-in-one submerged weed control kit products are quickly absorbed by the plants, allowing for effective management and control in small areas of large water bodies.  “Our customers want their lakefront to look good and that is why we have offered an aquatic weed control option for under $100,” says Mary Jo Furman, Retail Sales Supervisor for Lake Restoration, “We want to help our customers improve their recreational area so they can have fun this summer playing in the water or relax when they are sitting on their dock having a cup of coffee.” 

In addition,  we added a new size to our RestoreAccess® “G” kits.  This is a granular version of the RestoreAccess® and controls a wide range of aquatic weeds and algae.  It also includes MuckMaid® to improve the water clarity and devour the muck so you can enjoy your lakefront.  “With Hydrothol Granular now being packed in 20 pound bags, we are happy to offer a new weed control kit size to our product lineup giving our customers another option to control their aquatic weeds.” The new size treats 2,000 – 4,000 sq. ft. and is available for $155.  Two additional sizes are offered for those that have a smaller or larger lake front.  Treat 1,000 – 2,000 sq. ft. area for $87.00, and 4,000 – 8,000 sq. ft. area for $279.00.

Toxic Algae is Blooming this Summer

June 10, 2015

Blue –green algae is blooming in ponds and lakes across the country.  Ponds and beaches are closing throughout the country due to toxic algae.

The algae season is in full bloom and some of it can even be deadly.  With the summer temperatures rising, the algae blooms are growing. 

Algae is commonly referred to as Seaweed, Pond Scum, or Pond Moss and can be found in almost any habitat on earth as long as moisture is there at some time, even if that time is very short.  Depending on the algae, water can often become unsuitable for fish, swimming, and other animals.  There are many groups of algae, but it is mostly divided into two different physical categories:  Filamentous Algae and Planktonic Algae.

Filamentous algae may seem like long stringy hairs, cotton-like in appearance.  Filamentous algae can form thick, greenish looking mats on the water’s surface.  Planktonic algae can appear as a paint-like scum on top of the water’s surface.  The water column turns green, blue-green, or variations throughout and is often described as “pea soup.” 

“With all of the rain that we have been receiving here in MN, the nutrient levels in ponds and lakes are climbing due to the run off of chemicals and fertilizers. We are seeing a lot of algal blooms this summer,” says Chad Hadler, Service Operations Manager at Lake Restoration. “If you are going to be in the water, be on the look-out for blue-green algal blooms.”

Cyanobacteria, also known as Blue-Green Algae, which contain harmful bacteria, can be dangerous to pets and humans.  The scum can often smell like sewage or manure.  Not all blue-green algae is toxic.  We recommend using Mizzen® algaecide to combat algae blooms to keep scum levels under control and prevent toxic algae from forming.  If you or your pets have come in contact with water that has an algae bloom, we recommend thoroughly washing with clean water and then contacting your health care provider if you begin to experience any symptoms.

Mizzen® is a chelated copper based algaecide and may be used in many types of water bodies, including ponds, lakes or water features.  It is manufactured by Lake Restoration and is available in four convenient sizes.  The treatment of 2,500 square feet of surface area costs $14.75, 5,000 square feet $18.95, 10,000 square feet $27.00 and approximately half an acre $31.95.  For ongoing algae management or for larger bodies of water, Mizzen® is available at a special gallon rate.

 

What type of Submersed Weeds are in my lake?

June 10, 2015

Submerged aquatic plants are rooted and are a big interference for our summer water activities.  Knowing what kind of submerged weeds you have will help you in determining how to effectively eliminate the weeds so you can enjoy your lakefront.

Milfoil

Milfoil (Eurasian Watermilfoil) is a very aggressive submersed plant usually found growing in muck, sand or rock.  It can grow nearly 10 feet in length and has aggressively invaded lakes in North America.  Using an aquatic herbicide that is quickly absorbed by the plants is best when trying to control milfoil. 

Hydrilla

Hydrilla stems are up to 25 feet in length and can be rough to the touch.   The leaves typically are branched oppositely near the bottom and on the upper portion of the plant have 2 to 8 whorls of leaves around the stem.

Pondweed

 

There are many different varieties of Pondweed.  Some are curly, while others are wide and wavy.  Curly-Leaf, Clasping-Leaf or Sago are some of the most common types of Pondweed.  Curly-leaf Pondweed typically grows earlier in the season and is often described resembling lasagna noodles.  Curly-leaf grows in dense mats near the water’s surface.  Clasping-leaf Pondweed can sometimes be confused with Curly-leaf.  The easiest way to tell the difference between the two varieties is to look at the tip of the leaves.  Clasping-leaf tips have a pointed tip while the Curly-leaf will have tips that are more rounded.  Sago Pondweed typically grows in recreational areas where there is shallower water.  When viewing Sago Pondweed from the surface, it often resembles blades of long grass that are growing up from the bottom of the lake.

Coontail

If you have a weed that bushes out like the tail of a raccoon and is dark green in color, then you most likely have Coontail.  The leaves are identified as looking bushy or spiny and are more forked.  Coontail actually does not have true roots, but it commonly floats near the water’s surface towards the end of summer.

Southern Naiad

Naiads are typically found growing in the spring and early summer.  Naiads are an annual plant growing each year from seeds.  If not controlled, they can form a dense mass by midsummer.  Naiad has short, narrow leaves that look like ribbons forming off of the stem of the plant. 

We recommend using our RestoreAccess® for controlling Milfoil, Hydrilla, Pondweed and other submersed plants.  This all-in-one aquatic weed control kit includes Diquat herbicide for tackling those submerged weeds.  It also includes Mizzen® algaecide for eliminating algae and MuckMaid® for tackling the mucky bottom of the lake.   If you are looking for a non-herbicide solution, our LAKEMAID® will restore your beach area by cutting through the weeds and revealing a sandy lake bottom beneath.

 

 

 

 

 

Is your yard party ready?

June 10, 2015

Summer is almost here, the weather is getting warmer.  It is time for Graduation Parties, Family BBQ’s and maybe even a Summer Wedding.  Do you have your yard ready to entertain for the summer?

Give yourself at least a week to prepare for any outdoor event, longer if it is a bigger event.  Step back and look around your yard.  What do you like about your yard/landscaping, what would you like to change?  Write down areas that you would like to see improved so you can refer to your list and check off the item when it is completed.

       Do you have enough chairs or standing space for everyone?  Whether you have lawn chairs or more permanent outdoor loveseats/couches, make sure that your furniture is wiped down and ready for your guests to sit on.  If you have a tent or canopy, make sure this is in working order and that it is secured to the ground.  Inspect your deck for any loose railings or splitting wood.  Make sure that any walk ways are clear so your guests can move around easily. 

       Even though you are outdoors, making sure that you have the proper lighting can help avoid any accidents while adding great decorations.  Solar lights are inexpensive and easy to install.  If you have a string of lights, this can add an element of fun to your party.  String lights across your yard, wrap them around your deck railings or even yet hang long strands of lights from your trees.  Citronella Candles will help keep away the mosquitos and having a bonfire is a great place for your guests to gather---don’t forget to have items on hand to make s’mores!

       Music at your party is a must have.  Whether it is an elegant out door gathering, hanging out with friends, or having a kid’s birthday party, make sure the music that you have fits the theme of the party that you are hosting.  If it is a dinner party, you might not want the music on really loud, if it is a group of friends…turn up the music! You might even have an impromptu dance party!  Having outdoor speakers is a great addition to the patio or deck area.  If you don’t have a sound system outdoors, you can always bring the music out for the night.  Make sure that it can easily be covered in case of inclement weather.

       Keep your lawn looking its best by mowing and tackling the weeds early.  If you have weeds in your yard, it could take up to 2 weeks for a weed treatment to work. Make sure to not water the yard the day before or the day of the party…nobody wants to walk around on wet grass. If you need to mow your lawn do this at least two days before your party, remember to bag so your guests aren’t walking around in grass clippings.

       Make your garden bloom. Does your garden area look healthy?  Weed out your perennial flower beds or vegetable gardens making sure that everything is trimmed and healthy looking.  Do you need a pop of color?  Brighten up your yard or patio area by bringing in flower pots with annuals in bright colors.            

 

       If you have a backyard pond or water feature, take the guess work out of managing them.   Use a complete pond kit that has an algaecide, herbicide, pond dye and nutrient reducers to keep your pond area looking great.  Depending on the type of weed that you may have in your pond or back yard water garden, treat your pond at the beginning of the season and then keep it looking great with periodic algaecide/nutrient reduction treatments.  Bring peace and tranquility to your water features and keep them beautiful all year long.

       Toy overload.  Kids love playing outside.  If you have young children, having a bucket filled with their outdoor toys is a great way to keep the toys organized but yet accessible.  Plus, if you aren’t having a kid friendly party, you can then easily pick up the bucket and tuck it in a shed or garage for the day.  If you have kids coming over and don’t have kids of your own, having a kick ball, side walk chalk or a container of bubbles is a great way to keep the kiddos entertained.

        Tasty Food and Drinks.  Make sure that your grill is cleaned and ready to throw on the burgers and brats.  It is a good idea to check that you have enough propane or charcoal on hand.  If it is hot outside, your guests may drink more beverages.  Keep plenty of ice and drinks on hand so everyone stays hydrated.

 

Even though you plan on being outdoors, make sure that you have enough space inside the house in case you need to move the festivities indoors.  Outdoor entertaining should be a great time to get together and hang out with friends and family.  Don’t forget the decorations and FUN! 

Enhanced Pricing for Mizzen® Algaecide and Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye

June 10, 2015

We are introducing new pricing for our Mizzen® Algaecide and Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye.  The new pricing will allow home and business owners to keep ahead of the scum levels and add a pleasing blue color to their pond, lake or water feature while getting a better value.

A Gallon of Mizzen® covers approximately half an acre for $31.00.  It is also available with special bulk pricing as low as $25.95 per gallon. Mizzen® is a copper based algaecide that attacks filamentous and planktonic algae on contact.  The algae will die within hours of being treated. With summer fast approaching, algal blooms can occur as frequently as every 10-14 days.  By keeping  a copper based algaecide on hand, you will be able to keep your scum levels under control and help prevent toxic algae from forming.

Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye will add a natural looking color to your ponds or fountain and may be applied monthly for year-long beauty. Each gallon covers one acre and is available with special gallon pricing for $21.00 each gallon.  Aquatic dyes are non-toxic and may be used in ponds that are used for swimming or that contain fish.  Application is as easy as pouring the dye into the water.  Within a few hours, the dye will quickly spread throughout the pond, lake, or water feature.

“We are happy to offer Mizzen® and Sapphire Bay® in a variety of sizes while offering a special gallon rate,” says Mary Jo Furman, Retail Sales Supervisor at Lake Restoration. “We want consumers to be able to keep their ponds beautiful all season long with minimal effort.”  For those that may have a small backyard pond or water feature, Mizzen® and Sapphire Bay® are available in pints, quarts and half gallon sizes.  Mizzen® and Sapphire Bay® are both manufactured by Lake Restoration, Inc. in Rogers, MN.

 

In addition to the bulk pricing, home owners can work with our Lake Restoration experts to custom a complete pond kit that will enhance the overall health and appearance of your pond. Both Mizzen® algaecide and Sapphire Bay®blue pond dye are included in the PONDRestore® kits, a complete pond kit that controls floating and submerged weeds, eliminates algae, reduces phosphorus and restores your pond’s health.

Are you Using the Correct Herbicide for your Pond or Lake?

June 10, 2015

What kind of weeds are in your pond? Duckweed, Watermeal, or Submerged Pond Weeds?  How about the weeds in your lake?  Curlyleaf, Milfoil, or Hydrilla? Let our experts help you get the right herbicide for the plant that you are trying to get rid of.

Duckweed is a very small floating green plant, usually smaller than your smallest fingernail.  Watermeal is an even smaller floating plant.  It is usually no larger than a pin head and it shows no visible roots.  Both duckweed and watermeal reproduce very rapidly.  If they are left untreated they can quickly take over a pond within a matter of a couple of weeks. 

If you have Duckweed or Submerged Weeds in your pond, we recommend using the herbicide Fluridone.   Not only will Fluridone control duckweed, it will also control nearly all submerged pondweed varieties.  This herbicide is great for treating an entire body of water and will stay suspended long in the water giving you more control over the plants that you want to get rid of.  We recommend getting the PONDRestore® kit that includes the Fluridone herbicide.  With a few simple steps you will easily control your floating and submerged weeds, get rid of the algae, reduce nutrients and restore your pond’s color to a beautiful deep blue.

Watermeal is generally a more difficult plant to control, and it often coexists with duckweed.  At times it is mistaken for seeds floating on the surface.  A great herbicide for controlling watermeal is Clipper.  Not only will it control your floating weeds, it also treats a variety of algae and submerged weeds.  When using Clipper we recommend applying it as early in the day as possible on a day with good sunlight.  Try to get as much coverage over the entire surface when applying this product.  To get the best overall health for your pond, we recommend using the PONDRestore® Watermeal kit.  This kit includes the Clipper herbicide and will also include Mizzen® Algaecide, Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye and two Nutrient reducers to promote a healthy pond and clarify the water.

If you have lakefront and are only looking at controlling the plants that are located in a specific area such as a dock or swimming area, we recommend using a herbicide that is quickly absorbed by the plants or one that is available in a granular form.  This will give you the most control in the designated area.  Weeds such as Curlyleaf or Milfoil can be controlled with the herbicide Diquat.  Using Diquat in your dock area, you will quickly be able to control the weeds.  When the weeds are near the water’s surface you can simply spray the herbicide or you can even place the sprayer nozzle into the water to “inject” the mixture. 

If you are trying to control Hydrilla, Hydrothol Granular is a popular aquatic herbicide and algaecide that controls nearly all lake weeds and algae varieties.    It works best on firm, sandy lake bottoms and will improve your access to the water for recreation activities.  It can easily be applied with a scoop or broadcast spreader when the plants are actively growing.  It is most effective when applied on a calm day when the water temperature is 60°F or above.

Don’t let submerged weeds and algae take over your summer!  We recommend using the RestoreAccess®.  With this kit you will kill algae with Mizzen®, control submerged weeds with Diquat and even eliminate muck and sludge with Muck Maid®.  If you don’t want to spray the products, the kit is available in a granular form, RestoreAccess® “G”.  When using the “G” kit for effective weed management we recommend doing two applications, approximately four to six weeks apart.

Whether you are trying to control the plants in your pond or lake, we’ve brought together the most effective products to provide your pond or lake with relief from weeds and algae for the entire season.  We’ve tested and used all of the products that we are recommending.  If you are uncertain of what type of weed you have, send us a picture!  Our Plant Experts would be happy to identify which plants you have and give you the appropriate recommendation so you can get back to enjoying the water!


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