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Composting pond weed

In autumn and early winter garden ponds should be cleared of excess weed and dead leaves. Marginal plants that have died down should be cut back and removed. All this dead vegetation must be taken out of the water. If it is left to decompose in the pond the bacteria that break it down take oxygen from the water and may not leave enough for fish and other animals to survive.
ADD THE DEAD VEGETATION FROM THE POND TO YOUR COMPOST HEAP
It will rot down quickly and enrich your compost.
The worms in your compost heap will love it.
In the autumn a lot of dry, stalky material goes in to a garden compost bin. This needs balancing with wetter, more nitrogen rich vegetation but there are no longer grass mowings to add. All the wet pond weed will moisten the contents of your compost bin and make it a more suitable place for the worms to work - you will find them lying amongst the fronds of pond weed.

Another good reason to compost all material from a garden ponds is that some species of pond weeds have proved very invasive and have spread uncontrollably through rivers and canals, choking them.
If you do not know whether the weed in your pond might be a problem it is safer to compost it. NEVER THROW POND WEED OR PLANTS IN TO A RIVER OR LAKE.  
For advice on invasive species of plants see http://www.plantlife.org.uk/campaigns/INNS



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