composting algae

judiohz5January 6, 2010

Hi all. I hope I have picked the right forum, if not, please forgive me. Each summer the algae in the pond gets ahead of us, so we skim it off and i wondered if it would be good to put into the compost or use for lasagna beds. I've read to use seaweed this way and would like to know if it's the same with stringy algae. We get a lot of it and when wet it weighs a ton, or so it seems. If it can be used would it be better to let it dry first or put it on wet. Thanks

Judi

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mikemerk

Judi,

I toss all my pond algee in the compost wet. In addition at the end of the year I also toss in all the dying aquatic plants such as Water Hyacinth and Parrots Feather.

-Mike

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 4:12PM
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valerie_ru(Russia)

Composting algae is the same as drying medusa on my opinion.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 4:39PM
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judiohz5

Thanks Mike for the answer. Now I'm sorry about all I have wasted. Half acre pond that really gets covered. Now I won't feel so bad about all the work it is to get it out.
Thanks again, Judi

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 5:13PM
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spiced_ham(z5 OH)

There is an article on the web someplace where a Minnesota heirloom tomato grower used pond weed for mulch. If I recall it didn't aid growth any better than anything else he used, but it didn't have any adverse affects.

Carbon to nitrogen to phosphorus ratio is approximately 105:16:1

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 9:14PM
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jonas302(central mn 4)

sounds like a sure material to add to your pile

on the other hand have you tried a bale of barley straw in the pond to keep the algae from growing

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 9:54PM
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judiohz5

Hi Jonas, never heard of barley straw. Is it safe for the fish, frogs, turtles etc? If so, it sure would beat pulling all that heavy algae out. I was only thinking about my flowers and starting a compost pile.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 10:06PM
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ericwi

Lake Monona has an algae problem every summer. Please tell us more about barley straw.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 11:38PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Algae blooms on lakes and ponds has increased as the pollution from Nitrogen and Phosphorus has increased. Some of the Algae would be a good addition to any compost pile as long as you know it is not the Toxic Blue/Green Algae that is also becoming more of a problem.

Here is a link that might be useful: Toxic Algae

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 6:57AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

This was a decent article on the pros and cons of barley for algae control

Here is a link that might be useful: From Purdue

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 6:09PM
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mikemerk

Judi says her pond is half an acre. That's an awful lot of barley straw.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2010 at 1:41PM
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