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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the way your pond sits in with the lay of the land in the overall landscape. It's really well done.
I've just noticed your location - great to have another Donegal contributor.
Re blanket weed: it seems, like moss in a lawn, to be inevitable! And it is due to a combination of excess nutrient and too much sunlight. It helps to remove debris that falls into the pond (leaves etc) and once planting matures ( ideally 1/3 of surface area) the problem should be less of a nuisance.
I've experimented with barley straw and found it useful. After removing a good bit of the weed I put a good big handful of clean straw into an onion bag and weigh it down with as stone and chuck it in. It takes a couple of weeks to work. Apparently, as the straw decomposes it releases small quantities of hydrogen peroxide which the blanket weed won't tolerate. A bigger pond needs more straw.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:48 pm    Post subject: pond Reply with quote

,hi lovely pond and stream, jack ,what kind of pump are you using
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That pond looks totally natural. Very well designed. Me likey very much. Perfect.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose I've got some of the golden rules wrong for instance the proximity to the trees, but I aim to manage that. I used 3 large stones that came out of the hole to make a Dolmen type seat, that was quite difficult as I was on my own used the lever principle with a few old planks. The pictures don't show the stream properly and I'll post another I used an Oase 8000 litre pump for that, and as you said it needs now to mature into its surroundings.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOWEEE! I'm loving that stream and envious of the large stones. We had access to BIG stones - we just couldn't get them to the site!

That really is starting to look fantastic. Well done you.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is lovely - I really like the way the ferns are growing. The stream reminds me of the tiny stream we had in our garden in Lisbellaw, in Fermanagh when I was in my teens. It began in a spring at the top end of the site and was so clean it contained freshwater crayfish. Oh to have the likes of that now?
Where in Donegal are you, Softlad?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi, lovely job.how big is the pond.jack
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:29 pm    Post subject: Pond planting Reply with quote

Hi, the liner was about 22 ft x 18 although pond not on that scale, taking the shelving into consideration. Stream would be a little bit more than a metre wide, and I would like to have created a wider fall but was restricted by solid rock. As well as the Oase 8000 pump, I have another 2500 litre smaller pump to a filter that I made, I have also got a bag of Barley straw sunken but don't know how effective that is yet but the father in law is a farmer and as soon as I asked had he any he asked was it for cleaning the water, so not just an old yarn.
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