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Are you Using the Correct Herbicide for your Pond or Lake?

June 10, 2015

What kind of weeds are in your pond? Duckweed, Watermeal, or Submerged Pond Weeds?  How about the weeds in your lake?  Curlyleaf, Milfoil, or Hydrilla? Let our experts help you get the right herbicide for the plant that you are trying to get rid of.

Duckweed is a very small floating green plant, usually smaller than your smallest fingernail.  Watermeal is an even smaller floating plant.  It is usually no larger than a pin head and it shows no visible roots.  Both duckweed and watermeal reproduce very rapidly.  If they are left untreated they can quickly take over a pond within a matter of a couple of weeks. 

If you have Duckweed or Submerged Weeds in your pond, we recommend using the herbicide Fluridone.   Not only will Fluridone control duckweed, it will also control nearly all submerged pondweed varieties.  This herbicide is great for treating an entire body of water and will stay suspended long in the water giving you more control over the plants that you want to get rid of.  We recommend getting the PONDRestore® kit that includes the Fluridone herbicide.  With a few simple steps you will easily control your floating and submerged weeds, get rid of the algae, reduce nutrients and restore your pond’s color to a beautiful deep blue.

Watermeal is generally a more difficult plant to control, and it often coexists with duckweed.  At times it is mistaken for seeds floating on the surface.  A great herbicide for controlling watermeal is Clipper.  Not only will it control your floating weeds, it also treats a variety of algae and submerged weeds.  When using Clipper we recommend applying it as early in the day as possible on a day with good sunlight.  Try to get as much coverage over the entire surface when applying this product.  To get the best overall health for your pond, we recommend using the PONDRestore® Watermeal kit.  This kit includes the Clipper herbicide and will also include Mizzen® Algaecide, Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye and two Nutrient reducers to promote a healthy pond and clarify the water.

If you have lakefront and are only looking at controlling the plants that are located in a specific area such as a dock or swimming area, we recommend using a herbicide that is quickly absorbed by the plants or one that is available in a granular form.  This will give you the most control in the designated area.  Weeds such as Curlyleaf or Milfoil can be controlled with the herbicide Diquat.  Using Diquat in your dock area, you will quickly be able to control the weeds.  When the weeds are near the water’s surface you can simply spray the herbicide or you can even place the sprayer nozzle into the water to “inject” the mixture. 

If you are trying to control Hydrilla, Hydrothol Granular is a popular aquatic herbicide and algaecide that controls nearly all lake weeds and algae varieties.    It works best on firm, sandy lake bottoms and will improve your access to the water for recreation activities.  It can easily be applied with a scoop or broadcast spreader when the plants are actively growing.  It is most effective when applied on a calm day when the water temperature is 60°F or above.

Don’t let submerged weeds and algae take over your summer!  We recommend using the RestoreAccess®.  With this kit you will kill algae with Mizzen®, control submerged weeds with Diquat and even eliminate muck and sludge with Muck Maid®.  If you don’t want to spray the products, the kit is available in a granular form, RestoreAccess® “G”.  When using the “G” kit for effective weed management we recommend doing two applications, approximately four to six weeks apart.

Whether you are trying to control the plants in your pond or lake, we’ve brought together the most effective products to provide your pond or lake with relief from weeds and algae for the entire season.  We’ve tested and used all of the products that we are recommending.  If you are uncertain of what type of weed you have, send us a picture!  Our Plant Experts would be happy to identify which plants you have and give you the appropriate recommendation so you can get back to enjoying the water!

Is your pond ready for Spring?

April 15, 2014

The birds are chirping, the snow is finally melting and the temperatures are rising.  Your pond is starting to wake up because spring is finally here!  Do you need to clean your pond out?  The best time for pond management is in the spring time before the water temperature creeps above 55°F.  In April the water temperature is normally lower at this time and the weeds are just starting to grow.

Clean out debris---You want to get as many leaves and twigs out of your pond.  Using a skimmer or large net will be helpful for cleaning out large materials or particles that have not settled to the bottom of the pond over the fall and winter.

Inspect your equipment --- Did something get damaged over the fall/winter months?   If you have a fountain, aerator, or pond pump…now would be a good time to inspect them and clean them out thoroughly.  Replace any broken parts before you put them back in the pond.

Take a walk---Walk around the pond area and remove solid waste (by hand), re-arrange rocks that may have fallen over the winter months.  Keep the edge of your pond tidy, this will make a perfect habitat for frogs.

Get ahead of the weeds with a pond treatment---We recommend using our PONDRestore® Ultra Kit to stop the weeds before they start growing and to establish a balance with the good bacteria that is in your pond.  

Fluridone will control floating plants (like duckweed) and nearly all submerged pond weed varieties.  It is going to stay suspended longing in the water giving you more control.  It will help stop the weeds before they appear.

Our SparKlear® pellets are going to reduce the nutrients that enable weed and algae growth and promote the health of your pond.  PhosControl® will help clarify the water and reduce the phosphorus levels.  Phosphorus is the main source of food for algae, and algae cannot survive without phosphorus. 

As the temperatures start to rise, algae blooms can appear every 2-3 weeks.  Mizzen® is a copper based pond algaecide that easily controls filamentous algae and is user friendly.

Using a pond dye like Sapphire Bay® will not only leave your pond a pleasing blue color, but it will also block out specific light rays to deter weed and algae growth.

With a little work and some patience, your pond will be ready for the summer months ahead.  Rejuvenate your pond with a Spring Clean and our PONDRestore® Ultra Kit. 

Pond Ice Rinks: A Great Way to Enjoy your Pond All Year Long!

January 7, 2014

It can be a sad time of year when we have to hang up the hat on our summer pond time.  But that doesn’t mean that all of your good-time pond-time has to end.  It’s easy to turn those hours of summer enjoyment into winter fun with a pond ice rink. More...

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Understanding the Seaweed in Ponds and Lakes

October 8, 2013

When you think of the word “seaweed” do many different images come to mind?  Do you think of exotic Japanese fare or underwater plants that brush your feet as you swim in a natural body of water?  Perhaps you think of the giant goop-covered green guy from the old movies-hard to imagine controlling seaweed in that scenario. More...

Widgeon Grass Control -- Easily Kill Widgeon Grass in Your Pond or Lake

October 7, 2013

Belonging to the category of submerged weeds, Widgeon grass (Ruppia maritima) is also known by its common names ditch-grass and Tassel pondweed.  This aquatic plant is also categorized as a seagrass as it has the unique ability of being able to survive in both fresh and saltwater environments (Please note that the widget grass control methods described below apply only to the freshwater variety). More...

Elodea Control: Recognizing and Treating the Aquatic Plant Elodea

September 30, 2013

Also known as American or Canadian Waterweed or Pondweed, Elodea is a popular aquarium plant native to North America.  Elodea’s dark green oval-shaped leaves More...

Lily Pad Control: Removing Lily Pads from a Pond

September 12, 2013

          

Many people refer to the Water Lily, either the native or introduced varieties, as lily pads but that is simply the emergent part of the plant or part of the plant we can see above the water. The entire plant is much more complicated and includes a sophisticated root system which serves as one of its ways of reproduction.  This root system is the aspect that should be considered when one decides how to best manage their lily pad control issues. More...

Aquatic Weed Treatment From Lake Restoration Begins on Lake Minnewaska

September 4, 2013

 

Recently Lake Restoration was brought in by the Minnewaska Lake Association (MLA) to treat a serious infestation of Eurasian Watermilfoil.  The first aquatic weed treatment covered 15 acres of the nearly 130 of acres that are infested with the invasive plant.  These acres exist in 6 pockets across the lake’s total 7,100 acres.  The goal is, of course, complete removal of Eurasian Watermilfoil, however realistically speaking the MLA said they would be happy to simply control and halt the spread of the plant. More...

Brazilian Water Milfoil: A New Threat to Wisconsin Waters

August 27, 2013

 

While acquiring exotic plants is a pleasing pursuit, when these plants leave a contained area and enter into the wild, big problems can arise.  In this case the plant newly causing troubles in the the state of Wisconsin is Brazilian Water Milfoil also referred to as Parrotfeather. More...

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Phragmites Removal Will Diversify Your Shoreline and the Ecosystem

August 15, 2013

There has been considerable debate about whether Phragmites are native to North America or if they should be considered an invasive species.  Until recently they were thought to be a non-native invasive species.  Regardless of their classification, experts agree that the dense mats these emergent plants form provide little to no value to wildlife and can reduce an area’s diversity of both plants and wildlife species if they become dominant.  Their conclusion is that Phragmites removal is recommended to ensure an area’s diversity of native plant and wildlife. More...

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