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by Freg
I am considering adding some water Hyacinth in my pond to cut down on algae but also for the aesthetics and habitat. My big fear is I do not want it to spread it overtake my pond. It is a small pond, only about an eighth of an acre. I have read on water hyacinth a decent bit and seems like most people are using corrals. Is it necessary to have netting underneath a floating corral to contain it, or can I just put a floating border such as a hula hoop without worry of it overtaking my pond? Ideally I would like to just create a border in a couple of different spots in the shallows and have the plants growing naturally not floating out in the middle under netting. Does anyone have experience with this or do's and don'ts for managing water hyacinths? Thanks in advance
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by Bill Cody
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Consider one or a few floating islands to absorb nutrients. Islands in Fall can be pulled to shore and surface vegetation removed to get sequestered nutrients out of the pond ecosystem. Use google to search for floating islands both commercial and homemade. Quite a bit of research has been performed using floating islands to sequester nutrients in ponds and lakes. Some threads are here on PBoss forum about floating islands.


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by esshup
^^^ I completely agree with Bill. I had it in my small 8' dia pond when I had Mandarin and Wood Ducks there, and I had to put chicken wire around it or they'd eat it all. It helped utilize some of the nutrients that they pooped in the water. I'd take 3/4 of it out, and it'd fill the cage again in a month. Remove it for compost/fertilizer and repeat the process.
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by Bill Cody
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IMO There is a big difference between a 1/8 ac pond and a lake when dealing with water hyacinth.
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