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king_of_inismac
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reeds removal in a pond Reply with quote

Hi guys,

A friends has asked me to remove the reeds from his pond. The pond is very large, and has become very overgrown with reeds.

I am aware that reeds are required to keep the water oxigenated, but at this stage they have taken over and some of them need to be removed.

I can just go in and pull each reed individually, but its a very large pond, and there are a lot of reeds.

Would anyone have any better suggestions?

If they aren't too difficult to pull from the roots, I'd just do it myself by hand?

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Martin
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:01 am    Post subject: reeds removal in a pond Reply with quote

king_of_inismac wrote:
Hi guys,

I am aware that reeds are required to keep the water oxigenated, but at this stage they have taken over and some of them need to be removed.


I would be all for the retention of reeds, king_of_inismac.
But if they are causing a problem, they may have to go.

Firstly if hand pulling, wear a pair of strong gloves.
Even though it is hard work, hand pulling is quite effective if repeated annually for several years
The best time to carry this out hand pulling is at end of July into early August to weaken the plant, as most of the food reserves produced that season are lost.
Instead of hand pulling, a petrol hedge trimmers or strimmers with strong cord/circular blade can be used to cut down the reeds much quicker.
Be aware that these tools are dangerous to work with, especially on the bank of a pond.
No matter wheather you pull the reeds or cut them, you must remove all floating reed debris as you go.

A follow on method which is very effective in reed reduction is after cutting/pulling reeds, place a sheet of black plastic over the cut area, weighed down by using sand bags/rocks and rope.
If the area recives good sunlight, the high temperatures beneath the plastic will help kill off the re-emerging plants.
The plastic can then be removed the following spring. If a few reeds return, these can easily be pulled.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Waders and gloves yes, petrol strimmers/trimmers no.
I know its a slow tiring job but it really should be done by hand to avoid personal injury and pond leaks. Remember as GPI pointed out to remove all floating debris before it sinks and causes more problems.
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