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When can I thin out plants in my wildlife pond?

Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,082
The marginal plants in my little wildlife pond are growing rather too well and most of the pond is now a thicket of tangled growth all over the surface of the pond. They have expanded from the sides of the pond and are about to meet in the middle. 
It is full of wildlife especially lots of newts. No frogs or toads though.
When can I do some thinning out and tidying up without causing too much trouble for the inhabitants?
Thanks
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,593
    I thin mine out whenever it gets too thick,  just leave the stuff near the edge of the pond for a few days,  they’ll climb back in.  You can probably see any snails.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 577
    If you shake/slosh the plants roots in a bucket of water, you can get quite a lot of the critters out before leaving it on the side of the pond. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,082
    Good ideas - thanks @Lyn and @thevictorian
    It should be in shade later in the day, so I'll make a careful start then :)


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