Wednesday, September 14, 2005
I know what you are thinking. " A whole post on pond scum? FC has run out of tales...CLICK! I'm outta here."
It's not that bad...I just wanted to share my pond misery. My pond has Chara growing in it. Chara is an algae, not a vascular plant. It only takes a few cells surviving the winter, or the pond drying out, and Chara is back. It's hard to get rid of Chara.
Here's a list of Chara's fine qualities.
It grows in extremely dense patches and tends to completely fill in the shallows. It crowds out and smothers more desirable aquatics. When it dies back in the winter...or if you were to poison it, it sinks to the bottom to decay and suck the oxygen and life out of your pond.Let's see, that about does it...no, wait, it also stinks. Literally, it stinks. The other names for it are musk grass, stink weed, ...you get the picture.
I used to just wade in there and grab huge clumps of it to toss up on the bank. That was until a giant water bug (stop it, I'm not kidding) bit me on the hand and reminded me of what tissue dissolving enzymes feel like when they are injected under your skin. They hurt. Alot.
Now I use a huge rake, but I know I'm wasting my time since the smallest fragment left behind will start a whole new crop. I don't really want to use chemicals to control it so I rake, it grows, I rake some more, it grows some more.
Feather, the lab, doesn't seem to mind it. Maybe I could design a strap on rake that she could drag behind her as she swims ...hmmmm, it could work.
Thank you for listening to my whining.
Posted by R.Powers at 5:49 AM