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7 Spring Backyard Cleanup Tips

April 10, 2018

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. Pondproducts 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! 

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!

Lake Restoration Introduces Mizzen™, a Copper-Based Algaecide

April 18, 2013

We are proud to introduce a new pond algaecide, a product called Mizzen™.  Mizzen is a copper-based algaecide that is is designed for pond and weed control usage, including both planktonic and filamentous algae.


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Aquatic Weed Management -- Lake Restoration's Role in Preserving Ponds & Lakes

April 19, 2010

Aquatic weed management can be a challenging job once invasive aquatic plants gain a foothold. But there are a variety of safe, cost-effective products and services on the market today that can help communities preserve their most important assets. More...

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