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String Algae Control is Vital to the Health of your Pond

November 13, 2013

Spirogyra, a.k.a. string algae, is an aquatic plant comprised of cylindrical cells that form long, thin, green filaments that can look like hair floating in the water of your lake, pond, or water feature.  It is quite common to find this algae in fresh water and it tends to grow in large, slimy masses. In the spring, spirogyra are only found underwater but as the water warms, the plant produces large amounts of oxygen, which becomes trapped in the algae’s hair-like masses and helps to raise the algae to the water’s surface.  It then attaches itself to rocks or other solid parts of a water feature or pond, resulting in a string algae control problem. More...

Pond Dredging is a Last Resort -- Try Weed Control and Management First

November 6, 2013

Pond dredging is complicated and expensive.  Clearing a small pond can cost several thousand dollars while a larger one could cost you over $10,000.  Hard to believe? Here are some things to consider in the cost: rental of the machinery, the necessary expert contractor to operate it, and the planning and costs of weed and muck disposal.  It is possible that a pricey permit in your area will be required as well. More...

Understanding the Seaweed in Ponds and Lakes

October 8, 2013

When you think of the word “seaweed” do many different images come to mind?  Do you think of exotic Japanese fare or underwater plants that brush your feet as you swim in a natural body of water?  Perhaps you think of the giant goop-covered green guy from the old movies-hard to imagine controlling seaweed in that scenario. More...

Widgeon Grass Control -- Easily Kill Widgeon Grass in Your Pond or Lake

October 7, 2013

Belonging to the category of submerged weeds, Widgeon grass (Ruppia maritima) is also known by its common names ditch-grass and Tassel pondweed.  This aquatic plant is also categorized as a seagrass as it has the unique ability of being able to survive in both fresh and saltwater environments (Please note that the widget grass control methods described below apply only to the freshwater variety). More...

Elodea Control: Recognizing and Treating the Aquatic Plant Elodea

September 30, 2013

Also known as American or Canadian Waterweed or Pondweed, Elodea is a popular aquarium plant native to North America.  Elodea’s dark green oval-shaped leaves More...

Lily Pad Control: Removing Lily Pads from a Pond

September 12, 2013

          

Many people refer to the Water Lily, either the native or introduced varieties, as lily pads but that is simply the emergent part of the plant or part of the plant we can see above the water. The entire plant is much more complicated and includes a sophisticated root system which serves as one of its ways of reproduction.  This root system is the aspect that should be considered when one decides how to best manage their lily pad control issues. More...

Aquatic Weed Treatment From Lake Restoration Begins on Lake Minnewaska

September 4, 2013

 

Recently Lake Restoration was brought in by the Minnewaska Lake Association (MLA) to treat a serious infestation of Eurasian Watermilfoil.  The first aquatic weed treatment covered 15 acres of the nearly 130 of acres that are infested with the invasive plant.  These acres exist in 6 pockets across the lake’s total 7,100 acres.  The goal is, of course, complete removal of Eurasian Watermilfoil, however realistically speaking the MLA said they would be happy to simply control and halt the spread of the plant. More...

Brazilian Water Milfoil: A New Threat to Wisconsin Waters

August 27, 2013

 

While acquiring exotic plants is a pleasing pursuit, when these plants leave a contained area and enter into the wild, big problems can arise.  In this case the plant newly causing troubles in the the state of Wisconsin is Brazilian Water Milfoil also referred to as Parrotfeather. More...

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Phragmites Removal Will Diversify Your Shoreline and the Ecosystem

August 15, 2013

There has been considerable debate about whether Phragmites are native to North America or if they should be considered an invasive species.  Until recently they were thought to be a non-native invasive species.  Regardless of their classification, experts agree that the dense mats these emergent plants form provide little to no value to wildlife and can reduce an area’s diversity of both plants and wildlife species if they become dominant.  Their conclusion is that Phragmites removal is recommended to ensure an area’s diversity of native plant and wildlife. More...

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How to Get Rid of Cattails in a Pond or Lake

August 9, 2013

 

You may have noticed that toward the end of the summer the cattails you’ve been ignoring are reaching maturity and taking over your lake or pond.  Perhaps your attempt to cut them back earlier in the year has backfired and now you’ve actually got more of them than if you had just left them alone.  Either way, we at Lake Restoration are here to tell you how to get rid of cattails in your pond or lake. More...

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