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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:20 pm    Post subject: Eeeeek! Duckweed!!!! Reply with quote

Duckweed has started to appear on my pond. I presume it came in on some bird's feet.
Does anyone have suggestions for dealing with it?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooooh, THAT was helpful! GG - is it really that bad? Duckweed is the least of my problems - blobby, gloopy algae - now THERE'S a problem. You can scoop duckweed off a pond, algae just goes through the net. Duckweed also helps shade the water, preventing bloom. Or at least it did on my pond in England.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're up late, Sue? I don't know how big the pond in question is but, if you can create a current in some way - repeated hand movement, or even mechanical - and mount a very fine piece of cloth, e.g. muslin, on a wire frame, it should be possible to scoop the duckweed off. As for the 'bloopy' algae, a particularly 'twiggy' hazel branch, dipped into the densest part of the algae and slowly rotated, will gradually snare it all, or most of it, so that it can be lifted out. It is, after all, fibrous so, as long as you're gentle, it should all stick together.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have duckweed in my pond and i'm happy enough to leave it. it's easily dealt with if it becomes an issue, and as mentioned above, it helps create shade.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowin - not sure if you would call it late or early. Confused Shoulder pain woke me up and I gave up trying to sleep!

The problem I have with the pond is not blanket weed, which as you say can be drawn out like hauling in a net. The sort I have breaks up and runs straight through a net and a stick just stirs it up. Wonder if it is something to do with the UV light at the head of the stream which seems to be keeping the water nice and clear?

Sorry GG but I'd rather have your duckweed problem. Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sue Deacon wrote:
Ooooh, THAT was helpful! GG - is it really that bad?


Tongue in cheek, as per usual.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, thanks for the reassurance, folks. I thought it might get to be a big problem if I didn't do something about it quack.
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Two ducks flying over Belfast.
The second duck says "Would you ever hurry up."
The first duck says (wait for it) "I'm going as quack as I caan."

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ok, thanks for the reassurance, folks. I thought it might get to be a big problem if I didn't do something about it quack.
Oh good grief! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They just cunard help themselves.
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Cunard? That's a shipping line isn't it? Don't tell me you canard see the difference Eider? It's not that mall-ard.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK OK OK, I meant to write canard. Happy now?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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One of these days...........
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