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What Are Blanket Weeds?

Do you often see blanket weeds every time you check your pond in the morning? How disgusting those organisms are! Did you know that these organisms have existed for so many years? They are called primitive plants that can adapt to almost any environment.
They are normally found in ponds, fountains, lakes, lawn, but they also grow in other damp places that you would not expected.
These plants can break their own, restructure, and then dominate new areas.
What does blanket weed need to grow? They live anywhere with favourable environment for its growth.
There are three factors that lead to their growth: Clear Water with Profuse Sunlight Like any other forms of algae, they thrive when there is enough sunlight.
The sunlight fuels photosynthesis - the process that allows the manufacture of food essential for its growth.
It is quite ironic: the more you keep your pond water clearer the more it becomes susceptible to blanket weed and other algae, while natural murky ponds have less frustrations.
Impressive, huh? Nutrients Nitrates and phosphates are nutrients that spur growth of algae.
Those nutrients are present in tap water and fish waste, and then the blanket weeds swiftly use those nutrients to perpetrate their growth.
Did you know that removing green water through UVCs only aggravates algae growth? Using chemical and mechanical treatments intervenes the balance that Mother Nature tries to generate in your pond.
This will only perpetuate the cycle wherein opportunistic algae take advantage of the nutrients present in the pond water.
Heat As everyone knows, warmer temperature usually on summer or spring is the ideal temperature for blanket weeds and other forms of algae.
However, blanket weed stops proliferating during cold season and when the day is shorter.
So make it a habit of visiting and cleaning your pond/s during the peak seasons for algae.
Can you Prevent Blanket Weed from Forming in your Pond? If only you could remove them completely, then you must have been rewarded for your effort.
Keep in mind that there's no miracle cure for blanket weed, unless you deprive them with the environment they need.
There's no secret to controlling algae, only common sense does.
The sure-fire way to control or manage them is to reduce one or two requirements crucial for their growth: sunlight, nutrients, and warm temperature.
You can keep your pond blanket weed- free if you are diligent in removing the perpetrators.
If your pond penetrates so much sunlight, the first thing you can do is put some shading on top or at the surface of the pond.
Adding natural pond dyes in the water can shade off harmful sun's rays.
This can be done in long term basis since they are natural and safe for fish.
As what have been previously discussed, the nutrients fuel the growth of algae and the excessive or abusive use pond treatments can eventually worsen the problem.
Some pond treatments remove the vital nutrients from the pond and attract the unwanted ones, leading to excess blanket weed.
Natural treatments are always the best for your pond.
You should avoid overfeeding fish to balance the nutrients.
Barley straws are widely used in UK and they are proven effective by many pond keepers

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