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How to Keep Mosquitos, Ticks, and Other Pests Away this Summer

June 13, 2018

How to Keep Mosquitos, Ticks, and Other Pests Away This Summer


Summer is a time for fun in the great outdoors. Summer is also a time where ticks, mosquitos, and other pest become a real issue when spending time outdoors.

If you live in a wooded area or are near a water source, you probably are well-aware of these pest issues. So how can you stop these pest in their tracks and maintain an enjoyable yard, free of pests?

Lake Restoration is now carrying a full line of pest control products, including products for use on ticks, adult mosquitos, and mosquito larvae.

Most of the general pest control products can be sprayed indoors and outdoors on a variety of surfaces, including: lawn, turf, shrubs, greenhouses, kennels, parks, restaurants, warehouses, etc. These products are labeled for many pests, including: ticks, spiders, bed bugs, ants, mites, crickets, bees, wasps, cockroaches, etc. (see label for full list of surface uses and pests controlled).

For specific pest, use the following products:

Mosquitos

Larvae: Microbe-Lift (only works on mosquitos and can be used in the TORMADA® application boat from Lake Restoration).

·         Apply to water with TORMADA boat or sprayer every two weeks for full effects.

Adult mosquitos: Bifen IT and Demon Max

·         These products can be used in a sprayer and should not be used in water.

·         Can be used on greenery, gardens, lawns and other area where mosquitos are common.

·         Apply at average rates for adult mosquitos.

Ticks

Bifen IT, Demon Max, Cynoff EC, Talstar, and LambdaStar CS are all labeled to control ticks. These products can be sprayed on a variety of surfaces (check label restrictions on uses indoors and outdoors).

·         Do not spot treat areas for ticks, treat whole area where present.

·         Use higher rates of application for areas with heavy leaf litter.

·         Retreat during high-pest season times when necessary.

·         Continue treatments during season only if signs of tick activity still exist.

Deer Ticks: treat in late fall and/or early spring to low-lying vegetation

American Dog Ticks: Treat as needed along pathways and roadways, as needed, from mid-spring to early fall.

Other Pests

Excluding Microbe-Lift, all other pest products are labelled for many different types of pest and insects. Visit LakeRestoration.com to see the product labels and complete lists of pest controlled by each product. You can also see the list of surfaces and areas these products can be used in online on the product labels as well.

Ticks, mosquitos, and other pests can be a bother. Not only are they annoying, they can carry deadly diseases as well.

Lake Restoration pest products will help keep your yard and structures free of pests, making your spaces safe and enjoyable.

Visit LakeRestoration.com to shop and learn more about our pest control line.

 

Using Nutrient Reducers to Improve Water Health and Clarity

June 4, 2018

Using Nutrient Reducers to Improve Water Health and Clarity

If you are like most people with a pond, you may be in a constant battle with algae and weed growth during the warmer months of the year. This is because aquatic plants thrive in warm weather and the conditions that it brings to your pond. Excess nutrients can become an issue when trying to keep your pond healthy.

Lack of water movement can create a buildup of gases in the water. Gases can also come from decaying leaves and algae that don’t have a chance to be exchanged back into the air. Grass clippings, falling leaves and sticks can help add to nutrients in the water as well. Runoff from lawn fertilizer or from fields could also cause an abundance of nutrients in the water that only fuels algae and weed growth.

So what are some things you can do to control and reduce the amount of built up organic matter and excess nutrients in your pond? And how can you reduce muck at the bottom of your pond and improve pond water clarity at the same time?

Nutrient Reducers:

Lake Restoration offers two nutrient reducers specific for ponds, SparKlear® and PhosControl®.

SparKlear® contains bacteria and enzymes that work in your pond to break up organic matter (such as muck, grass, algae, and dead and decaying weeds and leaves). While reducing the amount of organic matter in your pond that algae feeds from, it also keeps your pond clear.

A pint of SparKlear® starts at $23.70, and more sizes are available depending on the size of your pond. We recommend treating once a month with this product.  Try applying it with the TORMADA® remote control application boat!

PhosCotrol® works by using aluminum sulfate to bind with phosphorus in your water. Phosphorus is another nutrient aquatic weeds and algae like (phosphorus can be from farm field or lawn fertilizer runoff). Without excess phosphorus in your water, weed and algae reproduction will slow down. Just one pound of phosphorus can produce 500 pounds of aquatic plant and algae growth, so making sure phosphorus isn’t in your water could be the key to successful aquatic weed and algae management.

1 pound of PhosControl® is $19.99 and will cover 2,000 square feet. Larger sizes are available.

Keep organic debris from getting in our pond:

You can reduce the amount of organic matter buildup in your pond by keeping things like weeds and grass clippings out of your pond. These grass clippings and weeds create food for algae.

Overall Solution:

If you are using an algaecide, you should also be using a nutrient reducer to help prevent prime algae conditions. We recommend using our pond products to prevent weeds, algae, and nutrients:

Dibrox® Herbicide: for submerged and floating weeds

Mizzen® algaecide: for existing algae

SparKlear®: to reduce nutrients and clarify water

Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye: for a pleasing blue color

Learn more about all of our products by visiting our website at LakeRestoration.com

 

How can a floating, aerating fountain improve the health and look of your pond?

May 22, 2018

The Vitaflume® floating fountains from Lake Restoration are back for the second year, and have already found homes in lakes and ponds around the country! Pond fountains are a great way to add beauty to your pond while adding oxygen into your pond for optimal health.

Lake and pond floating, aerating fountains offer all kinds of great benefits to your pond and lake, including:

  • · Exchange of gasses trapped in your pond or lakeshore.
  • · Keeps movement in your pond and lakeshore so algae don’t settle and form mats.
  • ·Aerating fountains add oxygen into the water, increasing your pond’s overall health.
  • · Adds beauty to your lake or pond.

Pond fountains and lake fountains can be very beneficial to your water, but what makes Vitaflume® floating fountains the best option for your lake or pond? Also, what sets them apart from the competitor?

 

Water Volume:

Vitaflume® pond water fountains have a mechanism built into the pump that creates a higher volume water turn rate than some fountain pumps. The Vitaflume® ½ Horse Power pump produces 130 gallons per minute! That’s 7,800 gallons per hour. Many other pumps can only do around 2,400 gallons per hour. The larger size ¾ HP and 1 HP Vitaflume® pumps can produce 8,660 to nearly 10,000 gallons per hour.

More gallons moved per hour equals more efficient aeration for your pond or lake!

Quality Parts:

The motor is made for durability, and the stainless steel pump housing and filter creates for a high-quality fountain that won’t easily break or become clogged. The pump float is made of a hard, durable plastic. Using high quality parts makes Vitaflume® a reliable option, and one that will last for many years to come.

Options:

Vitaflume® allows you to choose the look and fit of your fountain for your water feature. The Vortex® spray pattern comes standard on the Vitaflume®. You also have the option to add 3 LED lights that attach to the float so that your fountain lights up in the dark! Choose from three cord lengths, 50, 100, and 150 foot. 1/2, 3/4, and 1 HP pumps change the amount of water produced and the size of the spray pattern. Three white LED lights are available for nighttime illumination.

Price:

Vitaflume® floating, aerating fountains are manufactured in house at Lake Restoration, making them direct from the manufacturer (which saves you money and ensures quality). You can be confident that if you will be dealing with us when in need of technical support, or any other assistance. Lake Restoration makes fountains for ponds and lakes that are affordable, reliable, durable and efficient.

Visit LakeRestoration.com, or call 877-428-8898 to talk to a Lake Expert about a fountain for your lake or pond!

 

Controlling Cattails in Your Pond

May 18, 2018

Manage Cattails in Your Lake or Pond

Cattails grow around many ponds and lakes. They can be aesthetically unappealing and inhibit the use of your swimming area. Cattails are very identifiable because of to their fruit’s unique, corndog-like shape. The fruit is called a catkin and grows at the top of the plant. The catkin becomes fuzzy in the fall when it spreads its seeds. These plants can be ugly and messy so removal is often desired.

You might have tried removing them by pulling them out by hand or cutting them down. Pulling the cattails out by hand can be a waste of time and energy since the cattails will grow back if the whole root system is not removed. Cutting down the plant below water level to drown it can stimulate growth if done too early in the season. Chemical control with an aquatic herbicide is the easiest and most effective way to deal with cattails.

We recommend using our cattail and water lily control products for emergent weed control. The product has two parts. Alligare Glyphosate is an herbicide that kills emergent weeds (weeds that grow up above the water from below the surface) like cattails. It is combined with the Alligare Surfactant, which helps the herbicide adhere to the cattails by breaking down the outer layer of the leaves. This allows the herbicide to be fully absorbed into the plant.

Once the cattails have dried up and are crispy, you can go ahead and cut them down. You’ll want to wait until they are completely dried up and dead after 3-4 weeks so that when you pull them, the seeds will not spread.

Our products are great for treating other emergent vegetation around your pond or lake, like bulrush, phragmites and purple loosestrife. Treatment should be done when the weeds are at least 4 ft tall, generally in the spring or fall.

These products are EPA approved and have no swimming or fishing restrictions. You can have a clear pond or lake shore; see results in as little as one week! 

Visit us at LakeRestoration.com for all your aquatic herbicide needs. 

 

What Kind of Algae do you Have?

May 8, 2018

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. 

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. 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 for treatment. 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. These can be applied once a month.

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!

Steps to Control Pond Algae

April 24, 2018

Steps to Control Pond Algae

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

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

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

1.       Using an algaecide regularly

Using an algaecide, like our copper-based Mizzen® algaecide, will be a key factor in eliminating algae once it has grown underneath or on top of your pond. Mizzen® is sprayed over the algae or can be applied with the TORMADA® remote controlled application boat. Mizzen® can help clear up your pond in as little as 7-14 days, with full results seen in a month. Algae can re-grow rapidly, even within a few days, so make sure you have enough Mizzen® on hand for a second treatment or spot treating. A half gallon of Mizzen will cover 20,000 square feet, and is $25.00.

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

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

3.       Consider aeration to help keep water clear

Aerators or aerating fountains work to keep water moving and will help exchange gases trapped in the water that are aiding in pond algae growth. Lake Restoration offers Vitaflume® floating and aerating fountains in 3 different sizes and can move 7,000-10,000 gallons of water per hour. Floating fountains keep water moving so that algae mats cannot form like they would in more stagnant waters. Aerating fountains help your pond “breathe,” exchange gasses that help weed growth, and they also look great as a centerpiece. Vitaflume® starts at $875 and offers optional LED lighting so you can customize the look of your centerpiece.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steps to Control Pond Algae

April 24, 2018

Steps to Control Pond Algae

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

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

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

1.       Using an algaecide regularly

Using an algaecide, like our copper-based Mizzen® algaecide, will be a key factor in eliminating algae once it has grown underneath or on top of your pond. Mizzen® is sprayed over the algae or can be applied with the TORMADA® remote controlled application boat. Mizzen® can help clear up your pond in as little as 7-14 days, with full results seen in a month. Algae can re-grow rapidly, even within a few days, so make sure you have enough Mizzen® on hand for a second treatment or spot treating. A half gallon of Mizzen will cover 20,000 square feet, and is $25.00.

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

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

3.       Consider aeration to help keep water clear

Aerators or aerating fountains work to keep water moving and will help exchange gases trapped in the water that are aiding in pond algae growth. Lake Restoration offers Vitaflume® floating and aerating fountains in 3 different sizes and can move 7,000-10,000 gallons of water per hour. Floating fountains keep water moving so that algae mats cannot form like they would in more stagnant waters. Aerating fountains help your pond “breathe,” exchange gasses that help weed growth, and they also look great as a centerpiece. Vitaflume® starts at $875 and offers optional LED lighting so you can customize the look of your centerpiece.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Do I Get Rid of All These Geese?

April 17, 2018


If you have a goose problem, you may be hesitant to step in your own yard for fear of walking into a pile of goose droppings. This is an all too real problem for anyone who has a water body on their property. A single goose can eat up to four pounds of grass in a day creating large amounts of poop. When groups of geese congregate on your lawn it can ruin your summer activities. We want you to be able to use your own lawn and lake or pond without worrying about a geese problem! Walking barefoot in your yard and enjoying the lush grass shouldn’t be stopped because of pesky geese.

One effective form of goose control is a dog. Geese want to be able to nestle down and have easy access to grass and water. Geese will move on and find a new home where they aren’t bothered by other animals.

But you may be asking, ‘what if I don’t have a dog?’ There are other options like moving decoys. These can come in the form of dogs, coyotes, and other predators. These options are also viable, but may be less successful than a real dog and may be an eye sore.

Goose repellent sprays can be sufficient as a goose deterrent. However, they can be costly since you will need to buy more when you run out. They can also have unpleasing odors that make your neighborhood smell.

We recommend using the Goose D-Fence® retractable goose barrier. It blocks geese from accessing the water without flying. During a couple months of summer, geese shed many of their flight feathers and are unable to fly. The rest of the time, geese prefer not to fly unless they are migrating. Research has found that geese do not want to have to work hard for food and water since they need access to it every 30 minutes. The Goose D-Fence® makes the geese have to fly to get to the water which causes them to find a more suitable nesting ground elsewhere.

Goose D-Fence® is virtually invisible so it isn’t an eye sore. Unless you know it is there, you probably won’t realize there is anything in the yard. Two wires span between the posts and inhibit water access for geese. It is easily set up and is retractable so you can quickly move it out of the way when you want access to your water. One Goose D-Fence® spans up to 150 feet along your pond or lake shore.

Take back your yard and enjoy the rest of summer, goose free!

Spritflo® V.S. Dibrox® for Pond Weed Control

April 17, 2018

Spritflo® V.S. Dibrox® for Pond Weed Control

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 products 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.

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 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.

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.

7 Spring Backyard Cleanup Tips

April 10, 2018

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. Pondproducts 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! 

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