Need Better Results from Pond Treatments?

Boost your pond treatment with a surfactant and start saving time and money.

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Ted owns a farm pond in Charlotte, NC where he, his wife, and three kids love to go fishing and swimming. He went down to his pond one day and saw that what he thought was normal vegetation had spread in mats across the pond. He knew this wasn’t normal so he contacted the Clemson Extension office to see if they could identify the problem.

After finding out that it was filamentous and planktonic algae, he looked to SePro for answers. They pointed him in our direction because we are his regional SePRO Aquatic Specialist. When Ted told us what was going on, we knew a surfactant along with Captain XTR (or Cutrine) was the best way to go. A surfactant (also called surface-active agent) is designed to reduce the surface tension of your pond or lake, improve your water quality, and reduce pollutants. Plant leaves have a natural barrier that makes it difficult for chemical herbicides to pass through. A surfactant will break up that tension.

We add surfactants (we use Tactic) to act like glue for a longer exposure of the herbicide, to keep the wind from blowing our treatment during application, and if a pop-up rain shower comes, it doesn’t wash it off weeds like cattails. It also helps to break the surface tension on the water surface to help the treatment to sink.

Captain XTR is one of the best available technology for the control of all types of algae. Captain XTR is optimized to increase the penetration of copper (through INFUSION) into algae cells and enhance efficacy (SePro.com). It is a highly effective algaecide that controls a broad range of algae in lakes and ponds among other places.

We told Ted that if he decided to become a member, with this plan, his pond should be back to it’s normal healthy self within four days. He did decide to become a member, and now his family can enjoy fishing and swimming without worrying about algae and aquatic weeds!

Click here for the Tactic LABEL

Click here for the Tactic Material Data Safety Sheet

Click here for the Captain XTR LABEL

Click here for the Captain XTR Material Data Safety Sheet

SUMMARY

  • A surfactant (also called surface-active agent) is designed to reduce the surface tension of your pond or lake, improve your water quality, and reduce pollutants.

  • Plant leaves have a natural barrier that makes it difficult for chemical herbicides to move through. We use a surfactant with aquatic herbicides to break up the tension and to help the product to start working promptly and completely.

  • Surfactants do not hurt plants or aquatic weeds by themselves. They are added to herbicides to create a product that penetrates the waxy surface of the leaves and stems.

  • It works alongside herbicides letting the mixture stick, spread, penetrate, soak in the aquatic weed before the rain, kill the noxious weed and, avoid vaporization and drift.

  • Captain XTR is already optimized with a surfactant to increase the penetration of copper (through INFUSION) into algae cells and enhance efficacy.

Taking care of your lake or pond is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. As your local pond management professionals, we’ve been there. Let us help guide you as a member to protect, plan, and preserve your pond or lake if you live in the Charlotte NC, Asheville NC, and Greenville SC areas.

Get started. Become a member today!


Filed in: Algae Aquatic Weeds , Aquatic Herbicides , Pond Management , Lake Management & Charlotte, NC • Tags: Algae Control , Aquatic Plants , Aquatic Herbicides , Pond Management , Lake Management & Charlotte NC

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