Three ways to improve your pond

Do it:

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

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one hour

Garden ponds provide fantasic wildlife habitats, but they can attract algae and pond weed. A small amount is beneficial to ponds, providing food for tadpoles and other water creatures, but too much can block light from submerged plants and prevent them from photosynthesising - reducing oxygen levels in your pond. Follow our tips to help keep your pond water clear and free from algae.

You will need

Barley straw

Water conditioner


Oxygenate the pond. Plants such as hornwort and elodea, which sit below the surface will add oxygen to improve water quality.

Add barley straw. Barley straw limits algal growth by absorbing excess nitrogen. Remove straw after six months, or when it has turned black.

Condition the water. If you top up your pond with tap water, add a conditioner to remove chlorine and minimise algae.

If you top up your pond with tap water, add a conditioner to remove chlorine and minimise algae.


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