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How to maintain a garden pond


Chris Beardshaw demonstrates how to remove blanket weed from a pond and offers advice on adding marginal plants and oxygenators to reduce excess nitrogen.

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marpatbro 24/11/2011 at 15:27

I have a new pond built this March 09 I have oxygenators marginals a water lily and a water hawthorne in the deep water but they have not got going yet now I have algea which is very green it is not blanket weed I cant pull it out will putting in barley straw help untill my plants get big enough to cope with excess nitrogen would putting in a pump help although I did want a natural pond to attract frogs etc.

mrawcliffe 24/11/2011 at 15:27

very useful

jenhunt 24/11/2011 at 15:28

That's a really good tip, but how does one get rid of Duckweed (you know the little green single 'leaf' stuff)?

I have oxygenators and a filter/oxygen pump feeding a little fountain, but can't seem to clear the duckweed short of spending hours with a seive!

amethystpixie 24/11/2011 at 15:28

very useful - thanks! have had a wildlife pond for years and no problems but have developed excess algae this year. After watching this I had a thought and followed the dog outside. He is weeing and it is running into the pond causing nitrate levels to increase. I have moved him away and also put in some barley straw. Hope the frogs appreciate it!

short 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I've just bought a tree fern. It's about 4ft. Where is the best position tp plant it in my garden, or is it best left in a pot? I live in south wales. We get sun at the back for most of the day then it disappears behind the neighbours house in late afternoon.

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