Time is right to add barley straw minibales to the pond to keep it healthy this Spring.
Your pond may start to go green as the weather warms because you did not add the first of this year’s barleystraw minibales in time for it to become activated before the surface of the water warms up. We always use the reminder of Valentines Day as we love our pond.
So do it soon. The barley straw minibales need a month to activate so putting them into the water in February or early March will mean they are ready to work well by late March/early April.
Those with container ponds or small ponds can use Extract of barleystraw. The liquid concentrate works much more immediately and does not need to be added a month in advance. Have it ready now, by all means, and start to use the necessary measurement for your pond volume fortnightly from later March. Use the timing of the clocks going back as your reminder to start.
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