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Pond plant identification!

frankiejpmillerfrankiejpmiller Posts: 25
edited August 2022 in Wildlife gardening
I went a bit crazy with pond plants having dug my first pond this year
Noticed I'm getting a lot of blanket weed, can someone identify these tiny little bright green things, are they part of the blanket weed?
Thank you



  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    To put a photo on you need to click on th little square above the posting box that looks like a postcard with a mountain on it and follow instructions from there. 
    Bright green things won’t be blanket weed, that’s just a thick mat of slimey stuff that you twiddle round a cane to get out. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Could be Duck weed - that is a bright green.
  • Oops!
    This one...

  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 1,048
    Yep, that's duckweed.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    Yes Duckweed,  I would leave it to grow on, it’s easy to get out if it get too thick, but it’s a nice plant to cover the water. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Ok thank you
    Haha you can see one of my many snails in a "jaws" pose at the back
    They have done a great job in hoovering the algae off the sides
    Will they eat the blanketweed?
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    No they won’t eat blanket weed but if you’ve got enough plants and pond weeds in there, you won’t get blanket weed.  We only had it for the first year we built the pond,  after that it was minimal and only at the beginning of the year before the plants started growing again.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Ok thank you - this is only about 5 months since made so maybe still just balancing itself out 
  • @Lyn We find duckweed to be a real problem and not easy to remove if at all. We were given some water soldiers at a nursery and foolisly didn't check them and put them in one of the ponds. The duck weed took over and we have never been able to remove it despite all that we have done.
  • Duck weed can be useful in this weather - makes a nice cover to limit sun on the pond surface.
    Once you have it tho, I don't think you can eliminate it entirely - a fine net to scoop it up every so often seems to be the best bet. 
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