Posted: 20/05/2014 at 15:23
I do the same as Dove, using a bamboo cane to twirl up the blanket weed - I once caught up a baby newt in the twirl, which was very traumatic for both me and the newt!
I also used the barley extract last year to clear the weed, and it helped a lot.
I got a lot of blanket weed last year but less this year. I have planted some Ranunculis Aquatilis (Water Crowfoot) in this Spring and I can actually see oxygen bubbles coming up from the plant, and I wonder if it is this plant that has helped prevent the blanket weed? I don't know if anybody else has planted this?
I have newts in the pond, including babies about 2" long.