There’s a lot more at the end of your dock than just water. And much of it is stuff you don’t want. Thick weeds and floating debris can make swimming unpleasant, while winter’s ice can do serious damage to your dock.
The solution to all of these problems is simple: blow them away.
The Aquatic Weed Blower/Clearwater Circulator/Ice Eater from Pond Perfections goes by several names but it does one simple job: it blows water around. And it does it so well that it can be used year-round to address each season’s unique problem.
The blower can be attached with tie ropes or mounted with a dock mount system, to direct the high-capacity water flow.
Because the blower head is adjustable, it can be directed to different spots at different times of year, explains Bob Willard, owner of Pond Perfections. “In summer, it can be aimed horizontally to circulate the water near the lake bottom,” he says. “With the water moving, weeds can’t establish a foothold.”
The powerful blower moves up to 1,600 gallons of water per minute. It is available in ¾ hp, 1 hp, or 1 hp with dual prop, with the option of either 115 or 230 volts.
As the winter sets in, the blower can be directed upward, creating more circulation at the surface of the lake, preventing ice from forming. Multiple direction settings offer a round open hole or elongated open channel to better protect docks and boathouses.
“It’s an insurance policy you can trust to protect your valuable dock and boat,” says Bob.
If you’re using the blower in the winter, Pond Perfections can supply the signage and lights you need to warn people of open water.
If ice control isn’t an issue but weed control is, Bob has another solution available: aquatic weed rollers.
The roller has three sets of cutting blades in a 24-inch-wide head. Using it is as simple as rolling it back and forth with a long handle. The blades cut the weeds, and the rolling action stirs oxygenated water into the lake bottom, promoting decomposition of sludge and muck, while discouraging more weed and algae growth.
“These rollers have been transforming mucky, weedy shorelines at many lakefront properties in Muskoka and right across Canada,” says Bob. “We have a lot of thrilled customers who are delighted to find that they can enjoy their waterfront once again.”
TEXT A. WAGNER-CHAZALON