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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!

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