Beware this month as the cutting back, cleaning up and throwing out of excess pond plants begins. It is important to deal with unwanted plants carefully. Composting them is the best method and never throw your surplus into local ponds or waterways.
This year you need to be aware of 3 new species of pond plant to be added to the invasive plant list, effective August 2017.
You may be throwing away a plant that is on that list, without a second thought, because it has always been in your pond in the past.
The Be Plantwise campaign run by DEFRA is trying to encourage pond owners to:
1. Know what you grow
2. Stop the spread
3. Compost with care
The 3 new species are Elodea crispa - a very common oxygenating plant, Eichornia crassipes (Water Hyacinth) - a fast growing surface cover plant and Lysichiton americanus (Skunk Cabbage).
You will be committing an offence next year if you do not dispose of these plants carefully by composting completely. They have been listed as potential invasive non-native pests that could block the waterways or starve out British species of plants or wildlife.
So you should look carefully now when you are in your pond and check if you are growing one of these 3 new pond plants on next years banned pond plant list.
Here is a link to the 5 original banned plants and a 'rogues gallery' of all the aquatic plant species highlighted by DEFRA and the 'Beplantwise' campaign.
Preventing the spread of invasive nonnative aquatic plant species is highlighted in the DEFRA campaign to Check, Clean and Dry –
Check your equipment, footwear and clothing for living organisms,
Clean and wash all equipment, footwear and clothing near the water body that you have been in,
Dry all equipment, footwear and clothing and don’t transfer any water or plants elsewhere.