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Watermeal and PONDRestore® Watermeal Kits

June 10, 2015

Watermeal is a challenge to control, and can easily double in area in days.  It is the single smallest plant worldwide, making it difficult for the plant to uptake enough herbicide to be effective.  It has a thick cuticle on both sides of the plant and shows no visible roots.  It looks like a green cornmeal or grits and   can quickly infest a pond. 

An effective means of ridding your pond of pesky watermeal is to use our PONDRestore® Watermeal kit.  This complete kit includes:  Clipper Herbicide, Mizzen® Algaecide, Nutrient Reducer SparKlear® and also Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye. You can easily control floating weeds or submerged weeds, reduce the phosphorus and other nutrients and eliminate algae.

Clipper delivers a rapid control of floating and submerged weeds such as watermeal, duck weed, water milfoil and pond weeds.  It dissipates quickly from the water column giving minimal restrictions for irrigation.  It is easy to use and you will see great results within 7-14 days!  Clipper is also available in one pound or 5 pound containers. 

Mizzen® Algaecide easily controls filamentous algae and effectively manages planktonic algae.  It is a liquid, chelated copper based algaecide that is concentrated.  It is easily applied and has zero restrictions for swimming, fishing and irrigation. 

The PONDRestore® Watermeal kit also includes a nutrient reducer and a pond dye.  SparKlear® reduces the nutrients that enable weed and algae growth.  Using a pond dye not only adds a natural looking color to your pond, small lake or water feature, but it will also help block out specific light rays that will deter weed and algae growth.

Our PONDRestore® Watermeal kits are available in two convenient sizes starting at $295.  Get the best option for controlling Watermeal and be on your way to a beautiful, clear and healthy pond!

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.  

 

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.

Is your pond ready for Spring?

June 1, 2015

The birds are chirping, the snow is finally melting and the temperatures are rising.  Your pond is starting to wake up because spring is finally here!  Do you need to clean your pond out?  The best time for pond management is in the spring time before the water temperature creeps above 55°F.  In April the water temperature is normally lower at this time and the weeds have not started to grow yet.

Clean out debris---You want to get as many leaves and twigs out of your pond.  Using a skimmer or large net will be helpful for cleaning out large materials or particles that have not settled to the bottom of the pond over the fall and winter.

Inspect your equipment --- Did something get damaged over the fall/winter months?   If you have a fountain, aerator, or pond pump…now would be a good time to inspect them and clean them out thoroughly.  Replace any broken parts before you put them back in the pond.

Take a walk---Walk around the pond area and remove solid waste (by hand), re-arrange rocks that may have fallen over the winter months.  Keep the edge of your pond tidy, this will make a perfect habitat for frogs.

Get ahead of the weeds with a pond treatment---We recommend using our PONDRestore® Kit to stop the weeds before they start growing and to establish a balance with the good bacteria that is in your pond.  

Fluridone will control floating plants (like duckweed) and nearly all submerged pond weed varieties.  It is going to stay suspended longing in the water giving you more control.  It will help stop the weeds before they appear.

Our SparKlear® pellets are going to reduce the nutrients that enable weed and algae growth and promote the health of your pond.  PhosControl® will help clarify the water and reduce the phosphorus levels.  Phosphorus is the main source of food for algae, and algae cannot survive without phosphorus. 

As the temperatures start to rise, algae blooms can appear every 2-3 weeks.  Mizzen® is a copper based pond algaecide that easily controls filamentous algae and is user friendly.

Using a pond dye like Sapphire Bay® will not only leave your pond a pleasing blue color, but it will also block out specific light rays to deter weed and algae growth.

With a little work and some patience, your pond will be ready for the summer months ahead.  Rejuvenate your pond with a Spring Clean and our PONDRestore® Kit. 

 


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