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Fall Backyard Cleanup Tips

September 20, 2018

As the weather gets a little colder and the leaves start turning, it’s time to start thinking about prepping your yard for next summer! Fall is a great time to care for and prep your lawn, garden, structures, water landscapes and other landscapes. Doing the work on your yard now will set you up for a smooth-sailing winter and a great spring ahead.

 

So where do you start? Follow these tips and steps for successful fall cleanup and prep!

 

Clean Up:

Start with the easiest step first. Pick up any garbage laying around, and get rid of any junk you’ve been meaning to take to the dump. This will make things a lot easier with less clutter to get in your way! You can also take the time to clean out your sheds and garages to get rid of excess clutter and re-organize.

 

Lawn Care Tips:

Your grass growth may slow down as the fall arrives, but this does not mean you should neglect it. Keep on mowing and watering your grass until the sprinklers must be blown out (if you’re in a climate that requires it). You can also cut your grass shorter for the last couple of mowings.

Aerating the soil will help when it comes time to fertilize your lawn. The holes the aerator produces in your lawn will allow water and air to get into your grass, therefore increasing the health. Fertilizing in the fall is very important in setting up your lawn for good growth in spring and summer.

 

Clean Out Gutters:

Cleaning out any falling leaves, sticks or other debris from your gutters will be crucial to making sure your gutter systems work properly for winter precipitation.

 

Rake Leaves:

This could be a fun one to recruit your kids for! Keeping leaves off your lawn will help the grass and soil breath better. Also, rotting and decaying leaves can sometimes create fungal diseases on your grass. Rake and bag the leaves early on so they don’t have time to harm your grass.

 

Plants and Gardens:

Make sure you take time to trim down bushes and annual plants.  You can even take some leaves you rake and put them around your plants as an insulator. Remove any dead plants that won’t make it another season. Make sure to mix in your compost to help replace soil nutrients lost during the summer growing season. Take note in your vegetable garden of which veggies and plants did well, and which did not.

 

Prepare Ponds and Water Features:

You may think that since summer is ending you don’t need to do anything else to your pond this year, but think again! Your pond could greatly benefit from adding nutrient reducers, such as PhosControl and SparKlear to it during fall. This will help break down any decaying weeds, algae and muck in your pond, as well as reduce nutrients in your pond that are necessary for algae and weed growth.

 

Yard Pest Control:

Did you know ticks are still active in the fall months? Make sure to spray your property or wooded areas near your yard to keep ticks away. Multiple Lake Restoration pest products will repel ticks when sprayed outside near wooded areas and grasses. Also, keeping long vegetation in your yard short as the fall comes will help keep ticks off your property. Lake Restoration pest products will control many other pests as well!

 

Get a head start on all of your fall prep. Make a list of what you need, where to start, and which projects take president over the others. This will ensure that by the time winter comes, you will already be prepared for spring!

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®!

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.

How to get rid of pesky watermeal

July 27, 2018

Does a watermeal invasion have your pond gasping for air? Watermeal control can be difficult because it is such a small plant and can double the area it covers in two days. 

Watermeal is a light green, strawberry seed sized plant that floats on the surface of the water. When it rains, watermeal will sink under the surface, but rise back up after the rain. If the wind is strong, it will blow to one side of your pond.

It will create a dense mat across the whole pond and deplete the oxygen levels which causes poor pond health. This can kill off any fish you have and encourage the growth of unwanted weeds and algae. Another reason watermeal can be so hard to eliminate is because watermeal can be brought back into your pond by wildlife and waterfowl.

By using a pond products for watermeal, you can eliminate watermeal quickly and increase the overall health of your pond which has most likely been decreased by the presence of watermeal. In just a few simple steps you can be on your way to a beautiful, clear pond in no time.

Step 1: Clipper HerbicideUse

Clipper herbicide to eliminate watermeal and submerged weeds. Clipper is specifically formulated to kill watermeal so it works much more effectively than other aquatic herbicides for this purpose.

Step 2: Mizzen®

AlgaecideSpray Mizzen algaecide to take care of recurring algae. In a couple days, algae will begin to brown and settle to the bottom of the pond.

Step 3: SparKlear®

Introduce SparKlear nutrient reducer to reduce excess nutrients that reduce the health of your pond. This will also improve water clarity and reduce any organic matter and muck.

Step 4: Sapphire Bay® Pond Dye

Dying your pond with Sapphire Bay will introduce a blue tint to the water. You can apply it to achieve your desired color.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Pond

After these steps, you can sit back and enjoy the beauty of your pond! The algaecide and herbicide will start working immediately, and in a week or so, your pond will begin to clear. The other products will help limit regrowth and improve the looks of the pond. You may have to treat a few times per season if the watermeal does come back again.

 

What causes severe algae blooms?

July 18, 2018

What causes severe algae blooms? 

Have you ever seen this unpleasantly green algae in your pond or lakeshore? Well for those of you who have struggled with this green goop, we have some facts and solutions for you! 

 

Algae is a very common form of aquatic vegetation that feeds off of many environmental factors. When algae grows out of control, it can turn into toxic (blue-green) algae, which can be harmful to humans, animals, and your fish and wildlife. It is very important to control and treat your algae as soon as possible, and as frequently as needed, to ensure your safety, along with preserving your pond or lake appearance.

 

 Causes of algae:

Excess amounts of nutrients such as Phosphorus

Animal manure & fertilizer runoff

Warmer temperature

Sunlight

Still water

 

Hazards if left untreated:

Algae blocks sunlight and depletes oxygen levels

Fish need a food source and oxygen to survive

Decomposing algae increases the depletion of oxygen

Algae can turn into blue-green algae, which is toxic to household pets and humans

Toxic blue-green algae can cause rashes, allergic reaction, stomach aches, vomiting, ect in humans and animals if exposed.

 

Solutions for algae:

Lake Restoration has several treatment options:

 

For lowering phosphorus levels and excess nutrients: PhosControl®, SparKlear®

It is important to treat with nutrient reducers early on in the season so to prevent algae overgrowth issues. When using nutrient reducers, you can expect to see improvement in water clarity and a reduction in organic matter and pond muck.

Algaecide Options: Mizzen® Algaecide

Use a pond algaecide frequently throughout the summer to battle existing algae and spot treat when needed.  

Aeration: Vitaflume® Vortex floating, aerating fountain

Aeration can help improve the oxygen levels and gas exchange in your water by moving 7,000 to 10,000 gallons per hour! It can also keep movement in your water so that algae mats have a hard time forming. Shop our Vitaflume® floating pond fountains to learn about aeration benefits.

With Lake Restoration solutions for algae, there's no way you'll have anything but a perfect summer on your water!

Using Nutrient Reducers to Improve Water Health and Clarity

June 4, 2018

Using Nutrient Reducers to Improve Water Health and Clarity

If you are like most people with a pond, you may be in a constant battle with algae and 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. Excess nutrients can become an issue when trying to keep your pond healthy.

Lack of water movement can create a buildup of gases in the water. Gases can also come from decaying leaves and algae that don’t have a chance to be exchanged back into the air. Grass clippings, falling leaves and sticks can help add to nutrients in the water as well. Runoff from lawn fertilizer or from 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? And how can you reduce muck at the bottom of your pond and improve pond water clarity at the same time?

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 keeps your pond clear.

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!

PhosCotrol® 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 our pond products to prevent weeds, algae, and nutrients:

Dibrox® Herbicide: 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

Learn more about all of our products by visiting our website at LakeRestoration.com

 

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!

 

Controlling Cattails in Your Pond

May 18, 2018

Manage Cattails in Your Lake or Pond

Cattails grow around many ponds and lakes. They can be aesthetically unappealing and inhibit the use of your swimming area. Cattails are very identifiable because of to their fruit’s unique, corndog-like shape. The fruit is called a catkin and grows at the top of the plant. The catkin becomes fuzzy in the fall when it spreads its seeds. These plants can be ugly and messy so removal is often desired.

You might have tried removing them by pulling them out by hand or cutting them down. Pulling the cattails out by hand can be a waste of time and energy since the cattails will grow back if the whole root system is not removed. Cutting down the plant below water level to drown it can stimulate growth if done too early in the season. Chemical control with an aquatic herbicide is the easiest and most effective way to deal with cattails.

We recommend using our cattail and water lily control products for emergent weed control. The product has two parts. Alligare Glyphosate is an herbicide that kills emergent weeds (weeds that grow up above the water from below the surface) like cattails. It is combined with the Alligare Surfactant, which helps the herbicide adhere to the cattails by breaking down the outer layer of the leaves. This allows the herbicide to be fully absorbed into the plant.

Once the cattails have dried up and are crispy, you can go ahead and cut them down. You’ll want to wait until they are completely dried up and dead after 3-4 weeks so that when you pull them, the seeds will not spread.

Our products are great for treating other emergent vegetation around your pond or lake, like bulrush, phragmites and purple loosestrife. Treatment should be done when the weeds are at least 4 ft tall, generally in the spring or fall.

These products are EPA approved and have no swimming or fishing restrictions. You can have a clear pond or lake shore; see results in as little as one week! 

Visit us at LakeRestoration.com for all your aquatic herbicide needs. 

 

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