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Guide for Keeping Weeds out of Your Dock Area

June 15, 2018

How to Keep Your Dock and Swim Area Free From Weeds This Summer

Summer fun on your lake is just around the corner. If you’re like most people, you try to enjoy every last second of summer on your lake before it ends. Weeds and algae around your dock area make it hard to swim, fish, or operate a boat without getting tangled up. Weeds can really put a halt to your summer activities, and they can be hard to get rid of.

So how do you get rid of the weeds?

Lake Restoration, Inc., located in Rogers Minnesota, has been providing weed and algae elimination products and services for 40 years. They also offer great knowledge and expertise on how to get rid of your weeds.

Which products will work best for you?

In your dock and swim area, you may find a variety of weed and algae types. Check out our Aquatic Plant Identifier on our website to identify what type of weed problem you have. Some examples are:

Floating Weeds (weeds on the surface)

·         Duckweed

·         Azolla

          Algae

Submerged Weeds (weeds underneath the surface)

·         Hydrilla

·         Milfoil

·         Curly-leaf Pondweed

Emergent Weeds (plants above the surface or on the shoreline)

·         Cattails

·         Water Lily

·         Phragmites

Muck, Sludge, and Excess Nutrients

Solutions and Products

Now that you’ve identified what type of weed you have, which solution and products will work best for you?

We recommend the following dock and swim products to eliminate weeds, algae, excess nutrients, and to keep you pond looking beautiful.

1.       Dibrox® herbicide

2.       Mizzen® algaecide

3.       MuckMaid®

We also offer granular herbicides if you prefer it over liquid, including:

1.       Hydrothol Granular

2.       MuckMaid® Muck eliminator

Dibrox® herbicide will help eliminate the weeds in your lake. Dibrox® is quickly absorbed by plants, and there are no swim restrictions after using Dibrox® in your lake.

Mizzen®, our liquid, chelated copper-based algaecide will eliminate algae around your dock and swim area. This controls filamentous and planktonic algae with no swim, fish, or irrigation restrictions following use.

MuckMaid® will erase muck and sludge by devouring organic material buildup. It will also help improve your water clarity.

Hydrothol Granular will eliminate weeds and algae on top of and below the surface.

We also recommend the TORMADA® application boat to easily apply our liquid products. You will have fun driving the TORMADA® while taking the hassle out of treating your dock and swim area.

Visit lakerestoration.com to learn more or to order products to keep your dock and swim area looking great all summer long!

 

Using Nutrient Reducers to help slow down algae growth.

August 31, 2017

If you are like most people with a pond, you may be in a constant battle with algae and pond weed growth during the warmer months of the year. This is because aquatic plants thrive in warm weather and the conditions that it brings to your pond.

Lack of water movement can create a buildup of gases in the water caused by decaying leaves and algae that don’t have a chance to be exchanged back into the air. Runoff from lawn fertilizer or farm fields could also cause an abundance of nutrients in the water that only fuels algae and weed growth.

So what are some things you can do to control and reduce the amount of built up organic matter and excess nutrients in your pond?

Nutrient Reducers:

Lake Restoration offers two nutrient reducers specific for ponds, SparKlear® and PhosControl®.

SparKlear® contains bacteria and enzymes that work in your pond to break up organic matter (such as muck, grass, algae, and dead and decaying weeds and leaves). While reducing the amount of organic matter in your pond that algae feeds from, it also improves water clarity in you pond.

A pint of SparKlear® starts at $23.70, and more sizes are available depending on the size of your pond. We recommend treating once a month with this product.  Try applying it with the TORMADA® remote control application boat!

 

PhosControl® works by using aluminum sulfate to bind with phosphorus in your water. Phosphorus is another nutrient aquatic weeds and algae like (phosphorus can be from farm field or lawn fertilizer runoff). Without excess phosphorus in your water, weed and algae reproduction will slow down. Just one pound of phosphorus can produce 500 pounds of aquatic plant and algae growth, so making sure phosphorus isn’t in your water could be the key to successful aquatic weed and algae management.

1 pound of PhosControl® is $19.99 and will cover 2,000 square feet. Larger sizes are available.

Keep organic debris from getting in our pond:

You can reduce the amount of organic matter buildup in your pond by keeping things like weeds and grass clippings out of your pond. These grass clippings and weeds create food for algae.

Overall Solution:

If you are using an algaecide, you should also be using a nutrient reducer to help prevent prime algae conditions. We recommend using the following products to prevent weeds, algae, and nutrients:

 

Dibrox® Hercide: for submerged and floating weeds

Mizzen® Algaecide: for existing algae

SparKlear®: to reduce nutrients and clarify water

Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye: for a pleasing blue color

 

Shop these products at LakeRestoration.com.

Aquatic Plant Identifier

June 19, 2015

We have a new website, AquaticPlantId.com, that provides detailed information on aquatic weed types and is a great tool for helping customers correctly identify the aquatic plants in their lake or pond. The aquatic plant key will help remove the frustration of identifying and managing aquatic vegetation.

Once a category is determined, one can further identify the type of plant that is inhabiting a pond or lake.  A series of questions will be asked about plant characteristics and then pictures will be shown to correctly identify the aquatic plant.  Each plant is accompanied with a photo, scientific name, and a description.

“We are extremely excited about our new Aquatic Plant Id website,” says Mary Jo Furman, Product Sales Supervisor of Lake Restoration. “We are passionate about ensuring our customers are able to enjoy their pond or lake shore to the fullest.  To accomplish this they need to be able to identify any unsightly aquatic weeds.  Once weeds are identified, our weed control product will help eliminate and enhance their pond or lake views, all of this greatly improves their recreational use.”

Rely on the expertise of Lake Restoration for aquatic plant control.  If you would like more information about aquatic plants or identifying aquatic vegetation, please visit AquaticPlantId.com, give us a call #1-877-428-8898 or email us at LRMail@LakeRestoration.com.

Duckweed and Watermeal are still causing problems in ponds

June 10, 2015

Protect your pond from unwanted aquatic plants like Duckweed, Watermeal and Algae with Lake Restoration’s PONDRestore® kits. 

Aquatic plants are a necessary component to a pond.  However, too many aquatic plants can be aesthetically displeasing or even limit recreational use of the water.  Here is a prime example of how aquatic plants get into your beautiful, weed free farm pond.  This little turtle is out for a walk, probably making its way from one pond and heading to the next.  This little guy is covered in duckweed and watermeal.  Once this turtle enters the new pond, this pond will now be infected with both Duckweed and Watermeal. 

Duckweed and Watermeal are very small floating green plants that can reproduce very rapidly if not treated.  Duckweed is often mistaken for algae.  It may have a tiny ‘roots’ extending from the underside of the plant.  Watermeal is the smallest of the flowering plants and generally very difficult to control.  It often coexists with duckweed.  Watermeal shows no visible roots and often look like green corn meal.

Many ways that floating plants get into your pond would be through other pond wildlife, roaming animals or waterfowl.   Submerged plants can also get into your pond the same way or be washed into the pond.  If you have a lot of run off from fertilizers, this can also cause an imbalance of phosphorus and other nutrient levels.  Also, if you have rotting vegetation in the pond this will increase the nutrient levels in the pond.

Like Algae, Watermeal and Duckweed thrive in nutrient rich waters.  If you have either of these aquatic plants in your pond, we recommend using the PONDRestore® Kit, with the herbicide Fluridone or the PONDRestore® Watermeal kit that has the herbicide Clipper.  Both kits contain Mizzen® Algaecide for treating a wide variety of algae, Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye, and a nutrient reducer SparKlear®.  By using Lake Restoration’s complete pond kit, you will get rid of the unwanted aquatic plants and your pond will find balance. 

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