Green pond!

I am almost ashamed to show you these pictures of our pond (partly in response to today photo101 theme – water). It has gone green. We have never had a green algae outbreak like this and obviously it is not happy! When the weather was wet, we took some of the algae out and laid it along the edges to allow any creatures we may have accidentally taken with it make their way back to the pond if. But now with warm sunshine, we are leaving it be – but intend to invest in a solar pump to try and get more oxygen into the water and hopefully improve the situation.

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Green pond!

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thanks Lori. I think the problem started with a mild winter. Usually the pond water gets clearer and clearer over the winter when the temperatures drop. That didn’t happen this year – then we had an exceptionally mild April, follow by a cool and wet May – so I think a combination of all is the resulting green mat!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Yes you are right – it is supposed to be due to excess nutrients. I just don’t know where these nutrients are coming from as it is a lined pond. Possibly over time there has been an increase in leaves decaying at the bottom – though there isn’t that many trees next to pond. So bit of mystery.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thanks Melissa! My parents have a solar pump in their pond – they are small but ideal for our little pond

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  1. Wild Daffodil

    Gorgeous view through those irises. My Dad had a pond he was constantly trying to get clear, I remember he used barley straw one year, not sure if it did the trick though. Hope you find the answer.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you – yes barley straw is supposed to work (they even sell a barley extract now) – we did try straw a couple of years back when things weren’t as bad – but did not seem to improve matters. But should try it again!

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  2. Robbie

    I agree with above-your pond photo is beautiful. I still feel it is lovely to look at:-)I sure hope you get the issue solved:-) I have found bugs that never bother my flowers are all over due to thsi cold, wet then hot spring…crazy weather..Rain all next week, but then we complain when it is not raining. I found a new pest in my garden last week- a phlox bug..had no idea they had their own pest. Pretty bug, too! Leave my leaves awful:-(

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      It seems gardening is a constant battle against the climate and much else! Life is throwing many challenges at this year’s gardening plans – I am resigning myself to go with the flow!

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  3. Jane

    We’ve used the barley thing and found that it worked. A solar pump? Didn’t realise there was one – will research – much better. We have foam at the bottom of the water run – not good. Another thing to research. Delightful perspective of your lovely pond, whatever.

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