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

 

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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! 

How to Prevent Weed and Algae Takeover

March 30, 2017

Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to start gearing up to make sure your pond stays weed and algae free all season long! Pesky weeds and algae can make your pond unsightly, and they can take the fun out of having a water feature as part of your landscape.

Lake Restoration has been in the lake and pond weed services industry for 40 years. They offer proven solutions that will get rid of weeds and algae, making your pond look beautiful all year round.

Here are some common weed and algae types that may pop up in your pond, along with tips and products to help you combat weeds all summer. All of our liquid products can be applied to your pond with ease using the TORMADA® application boat. The TORMADA® is fun to drive and will take the chore out of treating your pond.

 

Common Floating Weeds

Floating weeds are weeds that float on top of the surface of water. A common floating weed is duckweed. Duckweed floats on the surface of the water and creates a film over the water. Algae will also create “scum-like” mats on the surface of the water.

SOLUTIONS: What is the solution to floating weeds like duckweed and aglae? Lake Restoration’s Pond Products will help you rid your pond of these types of weeds, as well as the algae that grows shows up on the surface. Use Dibrox® herbicide to get rid of the weeds. Dibrox® is quickly absorbed by weeds and is safe for fish and animals. Our copper-based Mizzen® algaecide will rid your pond of algae. 

 

Common Submerged Weeds

Submerged weeds are weeds that grown completely under the water’s surface. There are many different types of these plants, but the following are some commonly seen examples:

SOLUTIONS: Just like with floating weeds, submerged weeds can be easily controlled using Dibrox® herbicide. Mizzen® algaecide will help you rid your pond of algae as well.

Other Advice for Floating and Submerged Weeds: Both floating and submerged weeds and algae can be controlled using Dibrox® herbicide and Mizzen® algaecide. Some other helpful products for pond care include SparKlear® nutrient reducer and Sapphire Bay® pond dye. SparKlear® comes in liquid or pellet form and is great for eliminating organic material at the bottom of your pond and reducing nutrients that cause algae growth. Sapphire Bay blue pond dye will help give your pond a beautiful blue color.

 

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. A backpack sprayer is advised for easy application of these products.

Weeds and algae are no fun to deal with in the summer. That’s why Lake Restoration provides comprehensive options for eliminating weeds and algae so you can enjoy your water. To learn more about products, application methods, to request a catalog, or to order, visit LakeResotoration.com. Take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING offer in celebration of 40 years in service! 

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