Quick Alternative to Quilt Batting
For various design and siting reasons, I have trouble keeping my pond clear all summer. It's been worse this year due to the crazy weather. A new Skippy filter and three knee-highs full of charcoal couldn't keep up. I used quilt batting last year, but gave up after two rounds of handling that soggy mess.
Brain flash--polyfill stuffing is the same material as poly quilt batting. I pulled the stuffing from an old pillow, loosely filled a small mesh laundry bag, put the bag in a plastic basket, and balanced the basket between two margin plant pots. Then I used leftover 1" tubing to re-route one of the filter outflows to the basket.
It's quick and easy to pull the bag every few days to rinse the polyfill. Over the last 2 weeks, I've gained about 18 inches of clear water.
Next year, I'm going to build a new Skippy and figure out how to hide the bag into the outflow design. But as a mid-season fix, this project came out better than most of my brain flashes.