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Pond Jungle!
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Pete in PA    Posted 05-22-2001 at 11:30:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey All,

Wondering if any of you have suggestions for
helping to limit the over-growth of grasses, etc in my
(smallish) spring-fed farm pond. I don't want to
use any kind of herbicide. Right now there are no
fish in there, but I plan on introducing trout...

Thanks
Pete


rhudson    Posted 05-23-2001 at 21:47:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
don't know if you had this in mind or not. a friend of mine put in a 20' plastic corrigated pipe in the dam. left about 3' sticking out on pond side. has a post driven into pond that holds the free end of the pipe up. every once in a while he drops the free end down and drains the pond about 2' measured on the shore. lets it dry and runs his mower around the pond. then elevates the pipe to raise water level. must be rough on fishbeds though.


tomatolord    Posted 05-23-2001 at 08:05:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You could call the guys at pennsylvania fish commission they do pond and stream restorations, my dad does consulting as a retired guy to help create better environments.

or

Get a grass carp or two or three they are sterile and do not breed, but they will eat up the aquatic vegatation that is growing and will keep the grasses in check as well.

Look in the yellow pages for stock ponds or fish ponds,

Later


chief613    Posted 05-22-2001 at 17:36:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
try crayfish, they stir up the water a bit, but do seem to help keep some plant growth down. plus theyre tastey little buggers if a get enough of um


Spence    Posted 05-22-2001 at 16:08:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Could there be fertilizer or phosphates from rain runoff getting into the pond?
I see the problem though, if you dredge you'll kill the hatchlings and disturb the eco.
You might want to dredge in rotation on small patches. That shouldn't hurt too much, and would probably release some hidden critters for the yearlings to eat. But you've got a larger problem
somewhere I admit.

My 2 cents


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