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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!

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. 

 

Is your pond ready for Spring?

April 15, 2014

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 are just starting to grow.

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® Ultra 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® Ultra Kit. 

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