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How to Kill Cattails and Phragmites

September 13, 2018

If you own a pond or a lake shore property, you may have run into an issue, big or small, with cattails and reeds (phragmites). Whether cattails and reeds are taking over your whole pond, or just a small section of your lake property, getting rid of these plants can be challenging. Wondering how to kill cattails and phragmites for good?

Lake Restoration offers an effective solution for killing cattails and phragmites, as well as any other emergent weeds.

If you have tried simply cutting the plants down, this may have only spread the seeds, creating new growth potential.

If you have tried pulling or cutting these weeds out with no success, it might be time to try a herbicide solution, like the Cattail and Waterlily Control products from Lake Restoration.

Killing phragmites and cattails in the fall when they are over 4ft tall and the water temp is still above 60 degrees is the ideal treatment time. You don’t want to treat them in early spring when they are already dead from the winter weather. Treating cattails when they are alive is key so they can absorb the chemical from the herbicide.

With this cattail herbicide solution, the mixture of the herbicide and surfactant, then mixed with water, is sprayed on the plant itself. After 3-4 weeks, the plant will turn brown and wilt. At this point, you may remove the plant from the ground or cut them down without having to worry about spreading the seeds. The seeds will have been dried up from the chemical. This herbicide can take care of up to 60% of cattail regrowth for the next year.

Mixing the herbicide in a gallon pump sprayer will work fine for spraying the cattails or phragmites with the herbicide solution. You can spray the whole plant from base to top with the herbicide. Make sure the spray flow is more than just a mist.

Make sure you wear proper clothing and protective equipment. Wearing long sleeves and pants, as well as gloves, goggles and safety respirator is important to protect yourself while treating the plants.

Killing cattails and phragmites can be done! Taking the right steps and treating at the right time of year can make it a more successful attempt at getting rid of them so you can enjoy the beauty of your pond again!

Reasons a Vitaflume® Floating Fountain would be great for your pond

August 27, 2018

It’s late summer, and you notice a foul smell coming from your pond from overgrown pond vegetation and built up gases trapped in your water. You may be treating for weeds and algae, but you’re wondering if there is something else you can do to keep your pond healthy and beautiful.

Poor pond health can be caused by decaying leaves, excess nutrients, and lack of movement in the water. Having little movement in your pond can be an issue if you have fish because of the lack of oxygen in still waters. A pond with no movement can become a less-than-ideal environment for fish, and a perfect environment for weed and algae growth.

A fountain, like the Vitaflume® Floating Fountain from Lake Restoration, is a great way to keep the water moving in your pond or water feature. It can help improve the health of your pond in many ways. They also look beautiful! Here are some ways your pond could benefit from a fountain.

Movement in your pond can help with gas exchange

When you exchange water from in the pond to the air, you are increasing oxygen content in the water and reducing gas buildup. This can improve the smell of your pond. Oxygen will be absorbed by the water exposed to the air, and the gasses that have been trapped in the water will be released. This is letting your pond “breathe” and is a great benefit for the life of your pond.

Fish will have more oxygen

As the weather and water warms up, there is less oxygen in the pond than there is during colder weather. Making sure there is enough oxygen in the pond during the warm weather months will ensure your fish won’t suffocate.

Fountains can help improve water clarity

Keeping movement in your pond will prevent surface scum from forming. Movement from the fountain will continuously break up algae on the surface, preventing growth. Also, ponds with low oxygen may have excessive carbon dioxide levels, which provides perfect growing conditions for algae. Keeping water flow and movement will reduce nutrient levels, making it harder for algae to grow.

Fountains will create a beautiful centerpiece for your waters

Fountains are a great way to add interest and beauty to your pond or water feature. If you are looking to add something more to your pond landscapes, a fountain is the perfect cherry on top for any waters. The Vitaflume® Fountain from Lake Restoration has a pump housing and filter that is made of high-quality stainless steel for durability, ensuring your fountain will last for years to come. Vitaflume® features an impeller for high volume, and is direct from the manufacturer, Lake Restoration, saving you money.

Fountains can add beauty and help improve the health of your pond. Vitaflume® fountains impel 5,000 more gallons per hour than other leading brands. With optional lighting and three cord lengths to choose from, you can customize the perfect fountain for your water.

Shop Vitaflume® at LakeRestoration.com.

Blog: Dibrox®, the cost-effective herbicide for you pond or lake!

August 18, 2018

Pond and lakeshores full of aquatic weeds can be one of biggest annoyances of summer. Lucky for you, Lake Restoration has a cost-effective herbicide called Dibrox® that is quickly absorbed by submerged plants.

Just mix it with water, spray it on the surface of your water, and watch all your submerged weeds go away in just 17-21 days! It kills a wide variety of submerged weeds including Hydrilla, Milfoil, Pondweed, Elodea, and is one of Lake Restoration’s most effective Duckweed Herbicides. Because Duckweed is such an aggressive and invasive plant, killing it is not easy. Dibrox®, though, kills Duckweed in just 5-7 days!

Dibrox® is extremely similar to Diquat—its main active ingredient is even 37.3% Diquat; however, Dibrox® is a more cost-effective product. Dibrox is approximately 30% cheaper than Diquat and just as effective. Dibrox is also EPA approved, and there are no swimming or fishing restrictions after application.

With a 4.58/5-star rating on our website, Lake Restoration customers are pleased with Dibrox® as their main aquatic herbicide.  Check out this review by Guy on our website, “I treated a 1/8 to ¼ acre pond covered thick with Duckweed. I applied Dibrox two days ago…in two days Duckweed is almost all TERMINATED. Only dead brownish duckweed remains after two days, even in the middle area where my sprayer won’t reach is dead. In a couple more days it will be totally gone!!!!! Easy….”

Other reviews included, “Our pond looks a lot better after just one treatment,” “Easy to use with great results!” and “Used this product for the first time 2 weeks ago…within a few days plants were dying, after a week it had done the job! Will definitely buy again.”

Dibrox® truly is the product to keep your aquatic weeds in control. To learn more information about this pond and lake weed killer visit Lake Restorations website, www.LakeRestoration.com, or give our experts a call at 763-428-9777. If you have used Dibrox® and loved your results, leave us a review on Google, and let us know on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Say goodbye to your weeds with Dibrox®!

Learn How to Eliminate Muck Fast with LAKEMAID® or MuckMaid®

August 14, 2018

LAKEMAID® and MuckMaid® for Lake Muck Elimination

Lake muck… the gross, squishy mess on the bottom of your lakeshore that makes you not want to step foot in your water. It makes enjoying your lake to the fullest difficult and messy. Not to mention all the weeds that you get tangled in. Did you know Lake Restoration has a few products that can help clear the lake muck from the shore and help you feel sand beneath your feet again?

 

The LAKEMAID® Lake Rake and MuckMaid® Muck Eliminator pellets can clear weeds muck from your dock and swim area. Read on to find out the benefits of each product.

 

LAKEMAID®

LAKEMAID® helps you eliminate both weeds and muck from your lakeshore. Cleaning up your lake shore has never been so easy! You won’t have to strain yourself by removing weeds by raking them with a traditional lake rake. All you need to do is install the LAKEMAID® lake rake where you want it to remove weeds and muck, then sit back and let it do the work for you!

LAKEMAID® has two arms on floats that drag rakes across the lake bottom. As the rakes drag over the weeds, it gently breaks them up. Since weeds are mostly made of water, the weed debris will not wash up on shore after they break up, they will simply disintegrate. 

 

The rakes also expose the sand bottom of your lake from silt and muck. It makes about 3,000 rake passes per day. Once you’ve eliminated the weeds from one area, you can pick up the LAKEMAID® and move it to a different spot in your swim area and start the lake weed removal process there. Keep moving the LAKEMAID® until you’ve reached the desired results in your dock and swim area. It is light-weight and easy to move by yourself.

 

Features:

The LAKEMAID® comes in two sizes, 24 and 36 foot units. It is easy to install, is remarkably lightweight, and can be installed with just one person. It only takes about 15 minutes to install or to remove, making it easy to share, or move to a different location.

 

24 foot unit

·         Covers 450 sq ft

·         Includes a 1 Horsepower pump

·         7 chain rakes

·         Finisher rakes (1, 6ft and 1, 3ft)

36 foot unit

·         Covers 1,010 sq ft

·         Includes a 1 HP pump

·         10 chain rakes

·         Finisher rakes (2, 6ft and 1, 3ft)

 

The LAKEMAID® can help you feel the sand beneath your feet in your dock and swim area in no time!

If you are interested in the LAKEMAID® lake rake system, please visit LakeRestoration.com, or call us at 877-428-8898 to speak to a Lake Expert.

 

MuckMaid® Muck Eliminator Pellets

MuckMaid® muck pellets will help you clear the muck away by simply tossing pellets out into your dock and swim area every 2-4 weeks. It’s really that easy! MuckMaid® contains beneficial bacteria, enzymes and trace minerals that help eat away at organic matter (muck and sludge) left behind by dead and decayed weeds, and other dead aquatic matter.

MuckMaid® will take care of about 1-3 inches of muck per application, depending on the type of organic matter and muck present. You'll see sand on the bottom of your lakeshore in no time at all!

Let us help you get rid of weeds and muck fast! Visit LakeRestoration.com for all of your aquatic herbicide and equipment needs.

What Kind of Algae is in Your Water?

August 9, 2018

What kind of algae is in your pond or lake?

In most aquatic ecosystems, algae is a common occurrence as part of a healthy body of water. However, the overgrowth of algae can cause issues in your pond, not to mention the not-so-great appearance and foul smell algae can bring.

Algae can form rapidly, leaving your pond very green, and possibly leaving you stuck on where to start getting rid of the mess. Warm temps, excess nutrients, and lack of water movement can really accelerate algae growth quickly, and before you know if, your water is overtaken by it. The good news is, when algae gets out of hand, control can be taken back by using an aquatic algaecide.

Most of our copper algaecides, like our Mizzen® algaecide, can treat almost all forms of algae. The first step is to identify the type of algae you have so you know how much product you are going to need to control it. Below are a variety of algae species commonly found in ponds or lakes.

Planktonic algae

Planktonic algae is often described as looking like paint or a green oil slick on the water. It is millions of microplants and can make all of your water look green and pea soup-like.  Like a lot of the other algae species, it can be beneficial to a healthy pond in small amounts. When it overtakes the water, you risk having fish kills from lack of oxygen entering the water. In very hot weather, you may notice larger amounts of planktonic algae in the water, and it can come back within days of treating. It can look blue-green, green, brown or variations of this.

 Filamentous Algae

Filamentous algae, sometimes referred to as pond moss, is a mat forming algae that can float on the surface of your water in slimey, green clumps, or be found submerged under the water clinging to rocks or other plants. Filamentous algae can make your pond look “scummy,” and this algae can also reproduce quickly in ponds or lakes with little water movement, or in very hot weather. Like planktonic algae, it can be beneficial to water ecosystems in normal amounts. The issues arise when it grows too much, depleting the water, and other plants and animals, of sunlight and oxygen.

Chara

Chara is a submerged algae plant that often gets confused with a submerged weed. Chara smells almost like garlic; foul and musty. The green plant has 6 to 16 whorled branches and is crunchy and grainy to feel. Chara provides some food source for some aquatic life. They thrive in water that is hard and has little oxygen. Chara will require high rates of a copper-complex algaecide to control it.

Starry Stonewort

Perhaps the most invasive algae on our list, starry stonewort is a fast growing plant that can outcompete native plants or ruin fish spawning habitat. Not only does it wreak havoc on aquatic life, but it can make fishing, boating, or any other aquatic recreational activity near impossible. Its sporadic branches that point upwards at a slight angle. It has a small, cream-colored "star" bulbil. It can float up near the surface in extremely thick mats. The spread of starry stonewort is prohibited. High rates of a copper-complex algaecide will control it.

Blue Green (Toxic) Algae

Toxic, or blue-green algae is not actually algae at all. It is a photosynthetic bacteria called cyanobacteria, that is the result of an extreme algae overgrowth. It can form a layer of scum or some mats on the surface that can look blue, green, purple, brown, or red. Blue-Green algae smells foul. It is often found in slow moving waters with warm temperatures where algae growth is excessive. This algae can be very harmful to aquatic life, livestock, pets and humans. Do not go near toxic algae, and always call local authorities if it is spotted in a public body of water.

Mizzen® Algaecide can help you get rid of algae you need controlled. Visit our website at LakeRestoration.com for Mizzen® and other aquatic herbicide and algaecide products.

Granular Herbicide Options for Lakes

July 11, 2018

Granular Herbicide Options for Lakes

Lake season is in full-swing! Fun on the water can include all sorts of things, like boating, swimming, and fishing to name a few. Your summer is going great, until you notice those pesky lake weeds sneaking up on you, threating to take all your summer fun away.

Instead of struggling with raking your weeds (which will just spread the problem and be a waste of time) you can look at a few easy to apply granular aquatic herbicide options to kill whatever you find growing beneath your water. Granular herbicides are easy to apply because they do not require any dilution or spray equipment. You can simply use a broadcasting spreader, or just your hand or scoop to cast out the pellets into the water.

First thing’s first… go out and take a close look at what kind of problem or weed you have going on. Pull some out of the water for a closer look, or head over to our aquatic plant identifier tool to help you find out what you have.

If you have a common lake weed, such as milfoil, hydrilla, coontail, curly-leaf pondweed, etc., you may want to consider the following granular options for your treatment plan.

Hydrothol Granular

Hydrothol Granular is a popular option for dock and swim areas. It is good for treating a variety of weeds, such as milfoil, hydrilla, elodea and more. It also is great for algae, having a mild algaecide in its formula. A 20 pound bag treats up to 4,000 sq ft for $99.99. Pair it with Muck Maid® Muck Eliminator pellets for an all-around solution for muck, algae, and weeds.

Aquathol Super K

Aquathol Super K is another popular endothall products. It is known for its great work on curly leaf and clasping leaf pond weed, and works great on a variety of other submerged weeds, too. Ten pounds will cover up to 12,000 sq ft and is $259.

Navigate Herbicide

Navigate is a very selective herbicide for Eurasian watermilfoil. This will also control waterlilies and watershield that has not yet reached the surface. It comes in 50 pound bags and runs $235 to treat a half acre.

Copper Sulfate

Copper sulfate is a granular algaecide that is great for filamentous and planktonic algae issues, as well as chara and starry stonewort control. Large amounts of copper sulfate will also control swimmers itch and leeches. 50 pounds is $169.

Granular Dock and Swim Products

These products include Hydrothol Granular and MuckMaid®. Hydrothol will get rid of weeds and algae, while MuckMaid® will eliminate muck and sludge from the bottom of your lake. Products for 4,000 square feet are $155.

Getting rid of your lake weeds doesn’t have to be a hassle! Visit us at LakeRestoration.com for all your product needs.

 

 

Can you remove lake weeds and muck in 24 hours?

June 19, 2018

Did you know there is a way to remove unwanted lake weeds and muck in as little as 24 hours? You can do this with help from the LAKEMAID® lake weed and muck removal system from Lake Restoration!

You won’t have to strain yourself by removing weeds by raking them with a traditional lake rake. All you need to do is install the LAKEMAID® lake rake where you want it to remove weeds and muck, then sit back and let it do the work for you!

How it works:

LAKEMAID® has two arms on floats, which are connected to a pump positioned on the lake bottom. The pump takes water in and pushes it through the arms. The water propels the arms forward, dragging the hanging chains and rakes across the bottom of your lake. As the rakes drag over the lake weeds and muck, it gently breaks them up. Since weeds are mostly made of water, the weed debris will not wash up on shore after they break up, they will simply disintegrate.

The rakes also expose the sand bottom of your lake from silt and muck. It makes about 3,000 rake passes per day. Once you’ve eliminated the weeds from one area, you can pick up the LAKEMAID® and move it to a different spot in your swim area and start the removal process there. Keep moving the LAKEMAID® until you’ve reached the desired results in your dock and swim area.  

Features:

The LAKEMAID® comes in two sizes, 24 and 36 foot units. It is easy to install, is remarkably lightweight, and can be done with just one person. It only takes about 15 minutes to install or to remove, making it easy to share or move to a different location.

24 foot unit

·         Covers 450 sq ft

·         Includes a 1 Horsepower pump

·         7 chain rakes

·         Finisher rakes (1, 6ft and 1, 3ft)

 

36 foot unit

·         Covers 1,010 sq ft

·         Includes a 1 HP pump

·         10 chain rakes

·         Finisher rakes (2, 6ft and 1, 3ft)

The LAKEMAID® can help you feel the sand beneath your feet in your dock and swim area in no time!

 

If you are interested in the LAKEMAID® lake rake system, please visit LakeRestoration.com, or call us at 877-428-8898 to speak to a Lake Expert. 

 

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!

 

How can a floating, aerating fountain improve the health and look of your pond?

May 22, 2018

The Vitaflume® floating fountains from Lake Restoration are back for the second year, and have already found homes in lakes and ponds around the country! Pond fountains are a great way to add beauty to your pond while adding oxygen into your pond for optimal health.

Lake and pond floating, aerating fountains offer all kinds of great benefits to your pond and lake, including:

  • · Exchange of gasses trapped in your pond or lakeshore.
  • · Keeps movement in your pond and lakeshore so algae don’t settle and form mats.
  • ·Aerating fountains add oxygen into the water, increasing your pond’s overall health.
  • · Adds beauty to your lake or pond.

Pond fountains and lake fountains can be very beneficial to your water, but what makes Vitaflume® floating fountains the best option for your lake or pond? Also, what sets them apart from the competitor?

 

Water Volume:

Vitaflume® pond water fountains have a mechanism built into the pump that creates a higher volume water turn rate than some fountain pumps. The Vitaflume® ½ Horse Power pump produces 130 gallons per minute! That’s 7,800 gallons per hour. Many other pumps can only do around 2,400 gallons per hour. The larger size ¾ HP and 1 HP Vitaflume® pumps can produce 8,660 to nearly 10,000 gallons per hour.

More gallons moved per hour equals more efficient aeration for your pond or lake!

Quality Parts:

The motor is made for durability, and the stainless steel pump housing and filter creates for a high-quality fountain that won’t easily break or become clogged. The pump float is made of a hard, durable plastic. Using high quality parts makes Vitaflume® a reliable option, and one that will last for many years to come.

Options:

Vitaflume® allows you to choose the look and fit of your fountain for your water feature. The Vortex® spray pattern comes standard on the Vitaflume®. You also have the option to add 3 LED lights that attach to the float so that your fountain lights up in the dark! Choose from three cord lengths, 50, 100, and 150 foot. 1/2, 3/4, and 1 HP pumps change the amount of water produced and the size of the spray pattern. Three white LED lights are available for nighttime illumination.

Price:

Vitaflume® floating, aerating fountains are manufactured in house at Lake Restoration, making them direct from the manufacturer (which saves you money and ensures quality). You can be confident that if you will be dealing with us when in need of technical support, or any other assistance. Lake Restoration makes fountains for ponds and lakes that are affordable, reliable, durable and efficient.

Visit LakeRestoration.com, or call 877-428-8898 to talk to a Lake Expert about a fountain for your lake or pond!

 

LAKEMAID Lake Weed and Muck Removal Machine

August 31, 2017

Did you know there is a way to remove unwanted lake weeds and muck in as little as 24 hours? You can do this with help from the LAKEMAID® lake weed and muck removal system from Lake Restoration!

You won’t have to strain yourself by removing weeds by raking them with a traditional lake rake. All you need to do is install the LAKEMAID® lake rake where you want it to remove weeds and muck, then sit back and let it do the work for you!

How it works:

The LAKEMAID® has a pump with two arms on floats that drag rakes across the bottom of your lake bottom. As the rakes drag over the weeds, it gently breaks them up. Since weeds are mostly made of water, the weed debris will not wash up on shore after they break up, they will simply disintegrate.

The rakes also expose the sand bottom of your lake from silt and muck. It makes over 1,000 rake passes per day. Once you’ve eliminated the weeds from one area, you can pick up the LAKEMAID® and move it to a different spot in your swim area and start the removal process there. Keep moving the LAKEMAID® until you’ve reached the desired results in your dock and swim area.  

Features:

The LAKEMAID® comes in two sizes, 24 and 36 foot units. It is easy to install, is remarkably lightweight, and can be done with just one person. It only takes about 15 minutes to install or to remove, making it easy to share or move to a different location.

24 foot unit

·         Covers 450 sq ft

·         Includes a 1 Horsepower pump

·         7 chain rakes

·         Finisher rakes (1, 6ft and 1, 3ft)

 

36 foot unit

·         Covers 1,010 sq ft

·         Includes a 1 HP pump

·         10 chain rakes

·         Finisher rakes (2, 6ft and 1, 3ft)

 

The LAKEMAID® can help you feel the sand beneath your feet in your dock and swim area in no time!

If you are interested in the LAKEMAID® lake rake system, please visit LakeRestoration.com, or call us at 877-428-8898 to speak to a Lake Expert. 

 

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