Posted: 17/05/2017 at 10:34
Put a pond in 6 years ago and in my innocence read too many different articles and got it wrong. It's a wildlife pond and due to various reasons I didn't clear the dead foliage out for a year or so.
I've done that now (very smelly!) but the water is very brown - bits in suspension. Many of the plants have died and bog bean took over - I've pulled out as much of that as I can.
I'm looking to replant and see there are plants that are good at taking up nitrates - will these help clear the water?
I put gravel of various sizes in the bottom of the pond and I have a 'soft' liner on top of the butyl. Should I remove the gravel?
There's various products for clearing the water but as it's a wildlife pond I want to be careful - I don't need it clear for aesthetics but I'm sure the wildlife isn't happy with it as it is - I've lost most of by frogspawn in the last 2 years.
Any help and advice gratefully received!