No matter how big or small your garden or your pond is, weeding is probably the activity you do most often. It can be somewhat satisfying to pull up these intruders. Essentially, weeds are the healing remedy of nature for locations with no plants. Wondering what to do with weeds around your pond? Here are a few ideas:
Pondweeds, also known as aquatic weeds can be tolerated in small numbers, for the most part. However, they become a real nuisance when they grow excessively, particularly in hotter temperatures. Controlling garden pond weeds is easy. In larger ponds, it is much more difficult. Using pond dye to prevent sunlight from “feeding” the plants can help tremendously.
If you are working in a weedy, wild pond or if you are a new pond-owner, the first season can be rough. A schedule for weeding is recommended in these cases. Don’t take more work than what you feel is manageable for you. If you have more pondweeds than you feel comfortable working with, all you need to do is keep mowing the area until you are ready to slowly start conquering them.
Warm Weather Produces Weeds
Usually, the warmer months produce aquatic weeds, more than at any other time of the year. In warmer temperatures, most plants, including pond weeds grow fast and can take over the pond in your garden fairly quickly. Every kind of pond can be choked with weeds. This applies to smaller ponds and even larger lakes. This happens particularly when there is a run-off rich in nutrients that surround agricultural land. Many aquatic weeds are invasive and can have detrimental effects on your water features.
Floating plants form an unsightly, dense surface mat across your pond. When livestock and children see this, it can sometimes be dangerous, as it looks like solid ground. Water fern is the most problematic of the free-floating species. Among the plants with floating leaves is the floating pennywort. In deeper water, they can even take root, such as the white waterlily and the yellow waterlily.
In the shallower margins of your pond you will find sedges, reeds and rushes. Some of the most invasive will appear in larger areas of the water which include reed mace, common reed and reed sweet-grass. In French water courses, the water primrose is a problem weed. In fact, in some parts of the UK, it has started to make an appearance as well.
Oxygenators or Submerged Plants
Also known as submerged plants, these grow under water and all you will see above the surface of the water are flowering shoots. Not vital to ponds for oxygen-provision, their only value is to cover aquatic animals. Submerged plants include water milfoil, curls pondweed, curly waterweed, Nuttall’s pondweed and Canadian pondweed.