Organic blanketweed control in wildlife ponds

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 Keep wildlife ponds free from blanketweed:

Organic blanketweed control in wildlife ponds uses organically grown barley straw grown with no pesticides:

  • Available either as the straw itself (Barleystraw minibales) or the liquid concentrate (Barley Bio Algae Control) for a smaller water area.
  • Barleystraw products work by inhibiting the algae growth not by killing it.
  • These products are safe for fish, wildlife, pets and children.

Avoid chemical products in the pond water:

  • They can kill helpful enzymes and bacteria in your pond.
  • Then your pond becomes dependent on regular, ongoing, expensive chemical treatments.
  • Many products claim to kill blanketweed and algae.
  • These will kill the blanketweed but they reduce it to make sludge on the pond base.
  • Producing a high nutrient level in the pond water.
  • The high level of nutrients will encourage & feed the next wave of blanketweed.
  • The chemical killer will not remove the sludge from the pond base.
  • They are not balanceing the pond ecosystem for the wildlife
  • Organic blanketweed control methods will.
  • Beware - chemicals could harm or inhibit the growth of your pond plants too.

Good planting and maintenance is needed too:

The correct balance of planting in your wildlife pond:

  • Use Oxygenating plants to compete for the mineral salts at a rate of 2 portions per m2 of surface area and
  • Surface cover pond plants to block out sunlight and keep the water cooler - 50-70% of water surface covered with leaf.
  • Plenty of  Shelf pond plants to use nutrients from the water for different types of growth and flowering in different seasons across the year.