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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.

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!

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!

 

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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