Organic blanketweed control in wildlife ponds

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 Barleystraw products as organic blanketweed control:

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 clear your pond of helpful enzymes and bacteria.
  • This leaves the pond dependent on regular, ongoing, expensive chemical treatments.
  • Many products claim to kill blanketweed and algae.
  • They will kill the blanketweed and then reduce it to sludge on the pond base.
  • This gives a high nutrient level in the pond water (like compost does).
  • The high level of nutrients will encourage & feed the next wave of blanketweed.
  • The chemical killer will not remove the sludge from the pond or attempt to balance the pond ecosystem for the wildlife like the organic blanketweed control methods will.
  • Beware - chemicals could harm or inhibit the growth of your pond plants too.

You will also need 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.

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