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7 Spring Backyard Cleanup Tips

April 25, 2017

Spring cleaning can be a dreaded task, especially after a few months of neglecting your outdoor areas and spaces. Now that spring has sprung, take a walk around your yard, garden, and patio areas to assess what you’ll need to get done before summer hits.

Get a jump on the project so when the weather warms up, you’ll be able to enjoy your yard and begin planting, landscaping, hosting parties, and more without having to do last-minute cleanup!

 1.) What’s Your Plan?
When you first walk into your yard, you might notice you haven’t taken a good look at your backyard in a few months. There may be more to be done than you expected. Walk around and make a list of the small and large tasks that can be taken care of right away. Plot a course of action for what can be done first, then think about what your overall goal is for some of the larger projects that arise. Also, make sure you have tools and equipment for repairing and cleaning.

  • Broom
  • Garbage bags or wheel barrel for debris
  • Tree and plant trimmers
  • Hammer, screw driver, and nails for small repairs
  • Wash cloth and water
  • Hose
  • Touch-up paint for buildings 

2.) Garbage and Debris
As you’re walking around, you’ll notice any garbage laying around that may have blown into your yard. Take time to clean up any trash. Leaves and brush may have been left behind from fall. Rake any plant debris lying around and bag to use in compost or save as insulator for prepping plants for winter next fall. Do you have pets? Clean up any messes they’ve made that may create obstacles later on. 


3.) Assess Your Plants and Trees
How are your annual plants looking? Take time to trim and clean up their appearance, as well as the area surrounding them. Did the wind and storms damage any trees or plants? You may look around and see broken branches or a newly planted tree leaning slightly. Make sure you take any clearly broken parts of trees or plants off the plant, or pick them up from the surrounding area. Give your trees proper support (you may have to wait until the ground warms up to apply stakes for support if you live in a cold climate). Make note of any plants and trees that look like they won’t make it another season, and note where to remove and re-plant.


4.) Structure Repair and Cleanup
If you have a barn, pole barn, shed, lean-to, dog kennel, or any other type of structure in your yard that has been neglected in the last few months, check them out. Look for damage, areas to be cleaned out, and the overall look of the outside (if it will need a good washing), especially if it is an older structure.  If you live in a cold climate, winter can be tough on buildings, so make sure you know of any repairs that need to be taken care of before they will need to be used for summer. Take time to clean out cobwebs, dirt and dust, or rodent-takeover. Wash windows, re-paint siding, and fix leaking roofs.


5.) Pond and Backyard Water Features
Once the ice comes off your pond or water feature, it’s time to start thinking of how you are going to prevent weeds and algae from taking over this summer. Pond herbicides are a great way to combat your problems with floating or submerged weeds. Use a pond herbicide, such as Dibrox®, to tackle duckweed, milfoil, or hydrilla.  Dibrox® is quickly absorbed by the plants and you will see fast results.
If you have algae in your pond or water feature, using a chelated copper based algaecide will quickly control the filamentous algae.  As the temperatures start to climb, algae can return quite often.  Continue to use an algaecide, such as Mizzen®, to keep your water looking crystal clear. Lake Restoration, Inc., offers solutions to help you see clear and beautiful water in your pond or water feature all summer long.


6.) Patio Condition
      If you have a porch, deck, or patio area, you probably need to clean and repair anything that needs some T.L.C before you host any summer get-togethers. Clean and wash any patio furniture you have (chairs, tables, umbrellas, cushions, etc.). Sweep and pressure wash your concrete surface, or sweep and wash your deck. If your deck looks like it could use a fresh coat of paint, plan on doing so when the weather warms up and becomes slightly more stable (avoiding rainy days). If you have plants around your patio area, make sure they are in good condition and trim them if needed. Plan where to re-plant or add to your plant area.


7.) Till Your Garden
Soil can be tilled in the spring. You must wait until the soil is dry and warm enough. You should till your garden when the dirt crumbles in your hand (indicating it is dry) and when it reaches 60°. You can also get bean stocks and tomato cages ready for when it’s time to plant.

Spring cleanup can be a bit of work depending on the amount you find needs to be done, but once you have a plan, your yard will be looking summer-ready in no time at all! 

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.


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