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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...


Pond Care

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...


Blog | Pond Care

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...



Killing Floating Pond Weeds; A Step Towards A Healthy Pond

August 7, 2013

Improving the health of your pond or lake can often be a multi-step process.  If your goal is killing floating pond weeds you might have to look a little deeper into your pond’s overall health.  Simply removing weeds like duckweed, watermeal, water hyacinth or water lettuce is just one part of the process. More...

Scratch-Splash-Scratch … Got an Itch? It could be “Swimmer’s Itch”

August 6, 2013

As the summer temperature heats up, who doesn’t want to take a dip in the lake and cool off?  Swimmer’s itch is an itchy rash caused by certain parasites that normally live in freshwater snails and sometimes can even be found on waterfowl.  While you are swimming, these parasites might burrow into your skin, causing the swimmer’s itch rash.  These parasites soon die as humans are not suitable hosts for them.

The cause of swimmer’s itch is your body’s allergic reaction to parasites that migrate from snails to other types of waterfowl.  Swimmer’s itch isn’t contagious from person to person and not everyone is sensitive to swimmer’s itch.  Some people show no symptoms even though they would be swimming in the same location as others who break out with a red rash.  Children are at the highest risk, because they normally splash around in the shallow water.  If swimmer’s itch is known to be present, swim off shore if possible.  Also, avoid swimming when winds are carrying the organism to the beach. 

If swimmer’s itch is a problem at your lake, it is important to rinse and towel off immediately after getting out of the water.  This will help reduce the odds that you will get it after you get out of the water.  If you did get swimmer’s itch while you were in the water, the rash typically clears up within a few days.  While the itching can be unpleasant, it usually doesn’t require you to get medical attention.

We recommend using a copper sulfate to kill the snails that are in the water.  The copper sulfate will only kill the snails that are present during the time of application.  Keep in mind that other snails may move into the area after this time and so a second application of copper sulfate might be necessary.  Copper sulfate is toxic to snails, but safe for swimmers.  It is an EPA approved algaecide.

We also recommend keeping waterfowl away from your dock and swimming area.  The use of our Goose D-Fence® system will help keep unwanted geese off of your property.  The Goose D-Fence system is a retractable fence that has easy installation or removal.  Geese require easy access to food and a drink of water every 30 minutes.  Goose D-Fence® can eliminate that access and the geese will move on to other sites that better suit them.


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