Falling tree leaves have a bad effect on the quality of your pond water.
- Put up a covering net over your pond before the tree leaves fall to stop them reaching the water.
- If the leaves fall to the pond base they will decompose and create a layer of sludge similar to well rotted compost on the compost heap that is high in nutrients.
- These nutrients will be released into the water in Spring as the water warms and cause an algae bloom or the onset of blanketweed.
- The causes of blanketweed and algae are explained in more detail in our Tips and Advice page.
- If falling tree leaves are floating on the surface of your pond you should get a dipping net and skim them off and throw them on the compost heap to decompose.
- The nutrients can then be added to the veg garden in the future where they will be of value!
This should be part of your 4 point Autumn pond maintenance programme which is described in more detail in Tips and Advice: Maintain and clean the pond