Sorting out the Garden Pond

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Posted by jasdfgh | Posted in Design, Features | Posted on 24-09-2013

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Hi everyone – and welcome back to my gardening blog. (Thanks for visiting – my mom brought me and my sisters up to be polite, so I think it’s only fair that I say thanks for dropping by.)

 

As you’ll know if you read my ‘about’ page, I’m new to this whole gardening lark. I’ve been wanting to make the most of our garden for a long time so I started up this blog as a kind of gardening diary. Writing a blog makes me do research so it’s really useful for my garden too.

 

Time for the Pond

 

We’ve got a pond in our garden, but it’s been a bit neglected. I had fenced it off a few years ago because I was worried about the kids – you read such terrible things about kids falling into ponds and drowning, and they can drown in such tiny amounts of water too – but now they are a bit more grown-up and safety-aware, I think it’s time to reveal the pond in its full glory!!

 

The thing is, the pond is looking a bit – well, icky really. I did some research and I discovered we’ve got pond blanket weed. Urgh! Luckily for us, it is only around the edge of the pond where the water is more shallow, but I need to do something about it quickly to stop it spreading as it could end up everywhere – even at the bottom of the pond too!

 

Removing Blanket Weed

 

The advice I read about how to remove blanket weed was that you should remove as much of the weed by hand as possible before starting on any kind of chemical treatment, so it looks as if I’ll need to pull on hubby’s waders and get stuck in. I’ll need to rake over the pond, then lift the rake up. If the blanket weed is attached, I’ve got to slowly twist the rake and pull it out. I’ll need to do this daily until the weed is under control.

 

Eventually, I’d like to put fish in the pond. My hubbie is desperate for fish as he really likes them. I think he finds it soothing watching them swimming round and round, and the kids say they would like fish too. I think it would be good for them as a project. I’d make them responsible for feeding the fish every day.

 

The advice I read about how to remove blanket weed also said there are certain fish you can add to your pond which will eat blanket weed – such as grass carp, so that sounds like a good idea. I don’t really like the idea of having to use strong chemicals on my pond to remove blanket weed, but if I’ve got fish in there that can do it for me – brilliant!

 

Is there anyone reading this who’s had the same problem with their pond? If so, I’d love it if you could give me advice on how to deal with it and how long it took you to get rid of blanket weed. Thanks in advance!