Coping With Algae in the Garden Pond

 


Article by: Philip Swindells

Algae presents one of the greatest potential problems for the gardener with a pond. , Choosing A Landscaping Firm There are many different species of algae, but from a practical pond , Planting and Propagating Bulbs management point of view they can be conveniently divided into two groups: suspended and filamentous. Suspended algae are mostly primitive minute single-celled species that cause a green , A Creative Patio algal bloom in the water, , Outdoor Sports Lighting turning it like pea soup. Filamentous algae includes species variously referred to as Spirogyra, Silkweed, Blanketweed and Mermaid's Hair.

Although not an indication of an unhealthy pond, , Dill: Scandinavia's Most Important Culinary Herb algae can cause the water , Lanscaping - Planning Your Next Project gardener considerable distress, totally ruining the overall visual effect. Suspended algae that create an unpleasant bloom are usually seen during the spring, , Plants To Grow Old With or The Constant Battle especially in temperate districts where the growth of higher forms of plant , Understanding Weeds - But mostly How to Kill 'em life during the winter , Plants To Grow Old With or The Constant Battle has become virtually non-existent. There is a sudden greening of the water , Harvesting Herbs as it warms up. The primitive unicellular algae appearing almost immediately and continuing to proliferate until the higher and more evolutionarily developed plants , How to Select a Really Good Water Hose take over.

Once growth starts and the submerged plants , The Dangers of Chlorine Free Pool Chemicals begin to utilize the nutrients in the water, , Outdoor Sports Lighting thereby competing with the more primitive algae, they rapidly go into decline and the water , Harvesting Herbs becomes clear. However, at any time during the year a green , How to Build Your Own Backyard Bat Cave algal bloom may appear if the natural , How To Design And Build A Fish Pond balance of the pond , Getting Up to Speed with Landscape Lighting! is disturbed. In new ponds, , How to Build Your Own Backyard Bat Cave where the aquatic plants , Patio Umbrellas have had little time to establish, suspended algae can be particularly troublesome. It is important to be patient and to allow them to become established. Providing that the formula for creating a balance of plants , Garden Pond Liners and fish , How to Build Your Own Backyard Bat Cave has been adhered to, the pond , Garden Liners will eventually clear.

Whatever happens resist the temptation to empty the pond , Lanscaping - Planning Your Next Project of water , Lawnmowers and How to Save Work Installing Synthetic Turf on Tennis Courts and refill with fresh. This will temporarily alleviate the problem, but within a few days the water , Landscaping Your Garden and Adding Value to Your Home will return to its green , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips state. Fresh tap water , How to Select a Really Good Hose is rich in mineral salts, and so to some extent the water , Wicker Patio Furniture or Teak Patio Furniture is Great in a Gazebo will have been fertilized. Never change , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips pond water , Planting and Propagating Bulbs just because it is green , Variety In Garden Plants - How To Choose The Best Plants For Your Garden if the plant , Garden Benches balance in the pond , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips is correct. Just be patient. However, a flocculating product , Landscaping Combo Auto Detailing Business? which will temporarily sink the algae out of suspension and allow light , How to Build Your Own Backyard Bat Cave to pass through the water, , How To Design And Build A Fish Pond thereby accelerating the growth of submerged plants, , Lap Pools – Great Exercise Inside Or Any Size Backyard is very useful.

Filamentous algae can be very persistent and troublesome. In the most severe cases, where the algae forms large floating mats or colonies, the lower parts of the algal mass begins to decompose through lack of light , Understanding Weeds - But mostly How to Kill 'em and creates an unpleasant smelling brown or black mess. One of the most annoying aspects of blanketweed is that it often grows , Ceiling Patio Heaters freely in a pond , Wicker Patio Furniture or Teak Patio Furniture is Great in a Gazebo that otherwise has completely clear water. , Starting a Shade Garden... Filamentous algae rarely accompanies suspended algae in the same pond. , Outdoor Furniture Cushion Replacement- Redesign Your Outdoor Space

When looking at the overall control of algae by natural , Vegetable Garden Layout means, it is the submerged aquatics that provide much of the solution. Their main task is to mop up nutrients in the water , Dill: Scandinavia's Most Important Culinary Herb and to release oxygen during the day to sustain fish , Garden Tables Aren't Just Decoration and other aquatic life. By removing excess nutrients from the water, , How To proof a Canvas they deprive green , Garden Tables Aren't Just Decoration water-discolouring algae of the opportunity of becoming established. When planting a garden , Choosing A Landscaping Firm pond allow one bunch of submerged plants , Dill: Scandinavia's Most Important Culinary Herb for every square foot of water , Landscaping Your Garden and Adding Value to Your Home surface area.

Green algae-laden water , Outdoor Sports Lighting can also be controlled by the amount of light , Planting and Propagating Bulbs that is permitted to fall , Lattice Patio Covers into the pond. , Themes of Shade Algae, like most other aquatic plants, , The Dangers of Chlorine Free Pool Chemicals must have full uninterrupted sunlight in order to prosper. Planting trees , Mowing the Lawn and shrubs , Lawnmowers and How to Save Work Installing Synthetic Turf on Tennis Courts to shade the pond , Wicker Patio Furniture or Teak Patio Furniture Look Awesome With Patio Chair Cushions is ill-advised as this will prevent the desirable plants , Summer Gardening Tips like waterlilies and marginal aquatics from growing , Creating a Balanced Garden Pond properly and will have an adverse effect upon their floral display. The solution is to provide shade on the surface of the water , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips by means of floating plants , s To Grow Old With or The Constant Battle and waterlily pads. These should not cover the entire pond, , Garden Tables Aren't Just Decoration for cutting out the light , Winter Gardening Looking Towards Spring completely beneath the water , How To proof a Canvas will cause the submerged plants , Understanding Weeds - But mostly How to Kill 'em to perish. No more than one third of the surface area of open water , How To Design And Build A Fish Pond should be covered with foliage if green , How to Select a Really Good Water Hose suspended algae is to be controlled successfully and submerged plants , s To Grow Old With or The Constant Battle permitted to grow , Outdoor Furniture Cushion Replacement- Redesign Your Outdoor Space freely.
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Philip Swindells has over 40 years gardening , Fruit Trees - How To Save Your Fruit Tree Blossoms From A Spring Freeze experience. A former botanical garden , Fruit Trees - How To Save Your Fruit Tree Blossoms From A Spring Freeze curator and an international horticultural consultant, he has worked extensively in the UK, North America, the Middle East and Australia. The Author of more than 50 gardening , Outdoor Sports Lighting books, he has been awarded a Quill and Trowel Award by the Garden , Abatement and Consistency Philosophy Writers' Association of America. He is also a former UK Garden , Fruit Trees - How To Save Your Fruit Tree Blossoms From A Spring Freeze Writer of the Year. He is currently editor of http://www.internationalwatergardener.com.

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