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Algal Blooms in Lakes and How to Control Them

July 25, 2013


During the dog-days of summer, conditions are just right to cause blue-green algae to grow very quickly, resulting in algal blooms in lakes.  These blooms can create a noxious smell, discolored water and can even sometimes kill fish, which die when unable to get enough oxygen from the algae-dominated water.  Combine this in some cases with an abundance of phosphorus from agricultural runoff, sewage treatment plants, lawn fertilizer, water treatment plants, and septic systems, and more algal blooms can occur in lakes and ponds. More...

Pond and Lake Weed Rake Product Line Expanded by Lake Restoration

July 18, 2013

We are expanding our line of pond and lake weed rakes to include new rake tools, rake and weed control kit bundles, and new options for our patented LAKEMAID® lake weed removal machine.  New to the lake and pond weed rake product line this year are several hand held rakes:

Aquatic Weed Eradicator 

The Midwest Rake Aquatic Weed Eradicator is a lake and pond bottom weed removal tool. It has 28 inch blades that is adept at getting weeds out at the root.  

Screening rake

The Screening Rake is ideal for sifting, grading and screening stones and debris from sand or soil. Ideal for beaches.

Weed Razer Pro

The Weed Razer Pro is a lightweight, hand operated weed cutter excellent for cutting every type of pond and lake weed.  It is adjustable from 12 to 62 inches. 

In addition to adding these rakes as stand alone items available for purchase online, we are now offering a bundle with each rake along with either the MuckMaid or the RestoreAccess Ultra G kit.  These kits are designed specifically for beaches and swimming areas and provide a more comprehensive solution to help eliminate silt and muck in addition to the weeds themselves.


The LAKEMAID® weed control removal machine, meanwhile, is now available with 24 foot arms, allowing for much greater coverage and faster results. The LAKEMAID® sits on top of the water and removes pond and lake weeds, silt, and muck near docks and in swimming areas by dragging weed-removing rakes across the lake bottom.  Compared to other mechanical tools, it is lightweight, easy to install, surprisingly portable and shareable, and priced competitively.

“We feel these new rakes, the bundles, and the added options for the LAKEMAID cover almost every weed control need out there,” says Mary Jo Furman, Sales Manager for Lake Restoration. “Ultimately it’s about enjoying the pond or lake and getting to the beach, and these products make that possible.


Getting to the Root – The Open Water Kit – Control and Kill Cattails and Water Lilies

June 25, 2013



Reveal the open water of your pond or lakefront more safely and more completely with the Open Water Kit®.   Control and kill cattails, water lilies, grass, weeds, poison ivy and woody brush in and around ponds and lakes. 

Emergent plants are often found along the shoreline and their stems are somewhat firm.  Lake Restoration’s Open Water Kit® includes a systemic herbicide that will kill both the plant and the root.  It also includes an adjuvant to help the herbicide spread across the leaf, break down the waxy cuticle, and penetrate into the plant.  These two products mix with water for easy application.

Cattails and water lilies can quickly ruin a pond or lake’s visual and recreational benefits.  Control is best achieved through killing of the root system by application of herbicide to the leaves that are above the water.  Using our treatment method, you simply spray the portions of the emergent weed that can be reached, wetting them thoroughly.  There is no need to spray from multiple directions.  Garden sprayers with a gallon or two capacity work well for this application.

Each Open Water Kit® treats up to 14,000 square feet of plants and you can eliminate unwanted grasses and weeds on your beach and shore.   Our kit is excellent for making a nice beach area above the water line!


Goose Deterrent D-Fence Keeps Waterfront Properties Goose-Free

June 14, 2013

Due to abundant habitat, high reproductive rate, a long life-span as well as low mortality due to minimal predation and hunting we have seen a dramatic increase in the population of geese around residential and lake home areas.  As much as some people love to see these proud birds return as a sign of fairer weather to come, geese can take over our outdoor areas and make quite a mess of them.  In many cases a goose deterrent is the answer. More...


5 Simple Steps to a Healthy Pond

June 12, 2013

With five simple steps and our PONDRestore® Ultra kit, you will be on your way to a beautiful, clear and healthy pond!  We have combined together these five products to provide your pond relief from weeds and algae.  This all-in-one complete kit is the answer you need for complete pond weed control and management. 

Step 1 -  Control floating and submerged weeds

You will be able to control floating pond weeds like duckweed and watermeal and kill submerged weeds like milfoil and hydrilla with a pond herbicide.  Fluridone is a liquid herbicide that will stay suspended in the water for longer control.  This is great for treating an entire pond and getting rid of existing nuisance plants. 

Step 2 – Tackle algae growth

Eliminate algae with Mizzen™, our new liquid, copper based algaecide.  Mizzen™ is excellent for keeping your pond’s algae and scum levels under control so you can enjoy your pond at its maximum beauty.  Mizzen™ easily controls filamentous algae and effectively manages planktonic algae. 

Steps 3 and 4 – Reduce the nutrients

Overtime, debris will begin to accumulate in your pond adding excess nutrients.  These excess nutrients will help unwanted weeds and algae to grow.  By reducing the nutrients you are deterring future weed growth.

SparKlear® is the biological control for ponds.  Add SparKlear ® pellets that contain bacteria, enzymes and trace minerals to reduce the nutrients that enable weeds and algae to grow.

Use PhosControl® to reduce the amount of phosphorus and clarify your water.  Phosphorus is the main source of food for algae, and algae cannot survive without phosphorus.  Our PhosControl® will bond with phosphorus, making it unavailable to aquatic plants and algae.  Each pound of phosphorus will produce 500 pounds of aquatic plant and algae growth, the use of phosphorus is very important.

Step 5 – Add a pond dye

Leave your water a natural, pleasing blue color when you add Sapphire Bay® blue pond dye to your pond. Our concentrated blue pond dye will block out specific light rays to deter weed and algae growth.  We recommend using a pond dye along with a herbicide or an algaecide for best results.

Once you have restored your pond’s health, keep it looking beautiful all season long!  Algae actively grows from spring into fall.  As summer temperatures climb, algae can return quite quickly.  We have extended care kits to fend off the recurring algae, manage the nutrients and maintain the health of your pond.  To keep your pond looking great, give us a call, toll free at #1-877-428-8898 or visit us online at  


How to Get Rid of Algae in a Fountain or Water Feature

June 10, 2013




Every year people wonder about how to get rid of annoying, unsightly and unhealthy algae in their fountains and water features.  They’ve put time, money, and effort in with the goal of enjoying the beauty of their yard and instead end up frustrated, with green goop floating across their best-laid plans.  What was supposed to be a relaxing, lovely addition to their free-time has quickly turned into a source of frustration and work. More...


Lake and Pond Weed Removal Tools:  An Overview

May 9, 2013

With summer arriving let Lake Restoration help you keep your lake healthy and beautiful with our pond and lake weed removal tools,  We’ll help find the best option for you. More...



Wisconsin Aquatic Weed Control and Management in Ponds and Lakes

May 2, 2013



Below are some descriptions of and solutions for Wisconsin aquatic weed control issues. More...

Water Garden Maintenance Packages Introduced by Lake Restoration

April 29, 2013


Lake Restoration has introduced Water Garden and Water Feature Maintenance Packages, a complete combination of products to enhance the health and appearance of your garden pond.    The new packages will take the guess work out of reducing the nutrients in water gardens or water features and will help get the algae growth under control!

The packages contain a combination of products to enhance the health and appearance of water gardens. Mizzen™, Lake Restoration’s new copper-based algaecide will tackle the pesky algae growth. SparKlear®, will reduce the nutrients, while PhosControl® will reduce phosphorus and clarify the water. The packages will also include Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye to create sparkly blue water.

“We wanted to create a complete package of products to help our customers maintain a healthier and cleaner water feature,” says Mary Jo Furman, Retail Sales Supervisor at Lake Restoration. “We want people to enjoy their water feaure while they relax and unwind with their family and friends.”

The water maintenance packages are available in two convenient sizes and can be used in water gardens, outdoor fountains, backyard ponds and many other water features. The WGWF-I kit is $43 and suits features and water gardens up to 100 square feet in size. They also have a larger kit, WGWF-II, that suits features up to 500 square feet in size and is $59. One kit will provide up to a 3 month supply of products.

Whether it is a decorative outdoor water fountain or a backyard garden pond with a waterfall, Lake Restoration has the perfect products to help bring peace and tranquility to water features and keep them looking beautiful all year long.


Minnesota Aquatic Weed Control in Ponds and Lakes

April 25, 2013

Here are some examples of aquatic weeds and how to control them in any of Minnesota’s 11,842 lakes, 6,564 natural rivers and streams and over 10 million acres of wetlands. More...

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