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Pond Maintenance Plan: Start Now for Spring and Summer Success!

April 4, 2018

Pond Treatment Schedule and Product Recommendation 

Spring is here! For certain parts of the country, warmer temps are already starting, which means so has aquatic weed and algae growth. Get a jump start on your aquatic weeds, and plan your treatment schedule for spring and summer! This will make treating your pond easy and routine. Don’t let the algae and weeds ruin your summer fun!

Here’s how to plan:

Step 1: Identify Weeds and Algae

First, you’ll need to know what you’ll be treating in order to find the right product for your vegetation. If you have had a pond for a while, you might already know what kinds of issues arise year after year. If you are new to owning a pond, or you need to identify a specific weed type, here’s how.

A.    Wait for growth to start, then examine your pond. Use the graph below to identify if you have emergent, floating, or submerged weeds, as well as nuisance algae and excess nutrients in your water (you could have multiple issues in your pond at one time)

 Aquatic Vegetation Graph

      B.     If you have done this and you want to identify it further, you can pull some weeds or algae out of your pond and examine it on a white paper towel to identify a species. Use our aquatic plant identifier tool to help you identify the species.

       C.     You can always send Lake Restoration photos of your pond and plants for our Lake Experts to take a look at and identify for you. Send your photos to lrmail@lakerestoration.com.

 

2. Choose Treatment

Depending on your aquatic vegetation, you might need different products to treat different vegetation. You may have algae, submerged weed, floating weeds, or all three! We have products that treat them all.

Common Floating Aquatic Weeds

Floating weeds float on the surface of the water. Common floating weeds include duckweed and watermeal.

SOLUTIONS: 

For Duckweed: Dibrox® aquatic herbicide or Spritflo® aquatic herbicide can be great for treating duckweed and other floating weeds in your pond.

Watermeal: Clipper herbicide is great for killing watermeal floating on the surface of your pond.

 

Common Submerged Aquatic Weeds

Submerged weeds are rooted in the ground underneath the water and grow up towards the surface. Common submerged weeds include milfoil, hydrilla, coontain, pondweeds, and more.

SOLUTIONS: 

Just like with floating weeds, submerged weeds can be easily controlled using Dibrox® or Spritflo® herbicides. These herbicides are great for pond use. We also carry a variety of other herbicides, liquid and granular, that will control submerged weeds as well.

 

Common Emergent Plants

Emergent plants are plants that grow above water or on your shoreline. These include cattails, water lilies, grass, weeds, poison ivy, and woody brush in and around ponds and lakes.

SOLUTIONS: To control emergent plants, use Glyphosate 5.4 to control problem areas. It is also recommended to use a surfactant to help Glyphosate spread. This treatment kills plants at the roots, and there are no restrictions for swimming and fishing.

 

Common Aquatic Algae

Algae can look like scum on the top of your pond, and it can form below the surface as well. Common algae includes planktonic, filamentous, and submerged algae. Algae can grow quickly in warm water, and spread within a few days.

SOLUTIONS:

Mizzen® Algaecide is a liquid, copper based algaecide that is great for treating your pond for all kinds of algae. Trout, Catfish, and Koi fish are allergic to copper. If you have these types of fish in your pond, we recommend using GreenClean algaecide.

 

3. Apply Herbicides and Algaecides

Most of our herbicides call for twice a season applications (could be more often if you are spot treating with certain products). Our Mizzen® algaecide should be used every month, or when algae is reappearing.

If you have weeds and algae, we recommend you check out our Pond Products page. There you will find your herbicide, algaecide, nutrient reducers and pond dyes to help give your pond the beautiful look it was intended to have. These products go great with our TORMADA® Remote Application Boat.

 

Refer to our Pond Maintenance guide for quick reference throughout the year. Lake Restoration is here to help you make pond weeds and algae one less headache. With a good plan in place for the season, you are sure to be successful in maintaining a healthy pond!

Fall Backyard Cleanup Tips

September 14, 2017

As the weather gets a little colder and the leaves start turning, it’s time to start thinking about prepping your yard for next summer! Fall is a great time to care for and prep your lawn, garden, structures, water landscapes and other landscapes. Doing the work on your yard now will set you up for a smooth-sailing winter and a great spring ahead.

So where do you start? Follow these tips and steps for successful fall prep! 

Clean Up:

Start with the easiest step first. Pick up any garbage laying around, and get rid of any junk you’ve been meaning to take to the dump. This will make things a lot easier with less clutter to get in your way! You can also take the time to clean out your sheds and garages to get rid of excess clutter and re-organize.

Lawn Tips:

Your grass growth may slow down as the fall arrives, but this does not mean you should neglect it. Keep on mowing and watering your grass until the sprinklers must be blown out (if you’re in a climate that requires it). You can also cut your grass shorter for the last couple of mowings.

Aerating the soil will help when it comes time to fertilize your lawn. The holes the aerator produces in your lawn will allow water and air to get into your grass, therefore increasing the health. Fertilizing in the fall is very important in setting up your lawn for good growth in spring and summer. 

Clean Out Gutters:

Cleaning out any falling leaves, sticks or other debris from your gutters will be crucial to making sure your gutter systems work properly for winter precipitation.

Rake Leaves:

This could be a fun one to recruit your kids for! Keeping leaves off your lawn will help the grass and soil breath better. Also, rotting and decaying leaves can sometimes create fungal diseases on your grass. Rake and bag the leaves early on so they don’t have time to harm your grass. 

Plants and Gardens:

Make sure you take time to trim down bushes and annual plants.  You can even take some leaves you rake and put them around your plants as an insulator. Remove any dead plants that won’t make it another season. Make sure to mix in your compost to help replace soil nutrients lost during the summer growing season. Take note in your vegetable garden of which veggies and plants did well, and which did not.

Prepare Ponds and Water Features:

You may think that since summer is ending you don’t need to do anything else to your pond this year, but think again! Your pond could greatly benefit from adding nutrient reducers, such as PhosControl and SparKlear to it during fall. This will help break down any decaying weeds, algae and muck in your pond, as well as reduce nutrients in your pond that are necessary for algae and aquatic weed growth. 

Yard Pest Control:

Did you know ticks are still active in the fall months? Make sure to spray your property or wooded areas near your yard to keep ticks away. Multiple Lake Restoration pest products will repel ticks when sprayed outside near wooded areas and grasses. Also, keeping long vegetation in your yard short as the fall comes will help keep ticks off your property. Lake Restoration pest products will control many other pests as well!

Get a head start on all of your fall prep. Make a list of what you need, where to start, and which projects take president over the others. This will ensure that by the time winter comes, you will already be prepared for spring!

 

Lake Weed and Algae Control Kits Available for Under $100 and New Ultra “G” Kit

June 10, 2015

We have aquatic weed and algae control kits for under $100 and are offering a new size of our RestoreAcces® "G" kit.  These complete kits are a valuable tool in improving access to the water for recreational activities such as swimming, fishing and water skiing.

Our RestoreAccess® dock and swim area control kits are available for $68.00. The RestoreAccess® kit effectively controls submerged lake weeds like milfoil and hydrilla while killing the algae. The kit includes Dibrox™ Herbicide, Mizzen® Algaecide and MuckMaid®.  The all-in-one submerged weed control kit products are quickly absorbed by the plants, allowing for effective management and control in small areas of large water bodies.  “Our customers want their lakefront to look good and that is why we have offered an aquatic weed control option for under $100,” says Mary Jo Furman, Retail Sales Supervisor for Lake Restoration, “We want to help our customers improve their recreational area so they can have fun this summer playing in the water or relax when they are sitting on their dock having a cup of coffee.” 

In addition,  we added a new size to our RestoreAccess® “G” kits.  This is a granular version of the RestoreAccess® and controls a wide range of aquatic weeds and algae.  It also includes MuckMaid® to improve the water clarity and devour the muck so you can enjoy your lakefront.  “With Hydrothol Granular now being packed in 20 pound bags, we are happy to offer a new weed control kit size to our product lineup giving our customers another option to control their aquatic weeds.” The new size treats 2,000 – 4,000 sq. ft. and is available for $155.  Two additional sizes are offered for those that have a smaller or larger lake front.  Treat 1,000 – 2,000 sq. ft. area for $87.00, and 4,000 – 8,000 sq. ft. area for $279.00.

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