Berkshire, United Kingdom
We have a pond in the corner of the garden which is completely natural, ie fed by the water table (no liner). it is in partial shade, surrounded on two sides by sycamores. size approx is 15 ft x 10ft. We have seen a newt and a frog or two but the surface is bright green and slimy (alge) and we'd like to ensure we are not suffocating the life out of it.
I am a complete pond novice! - Is this algae expected or a bad sign for pond life? I have put some yellow flag iris' around the edge (only a couple) as we also have a victorian water garden and they have multiplied to overflow in there and I hoped it would help oxegenate the pond?
Should I be adding anything else, be buying snails or lillies?? Leave the slime or scrape it off??
Any suggestions or care tips greatly appreciated
- 4 Jun, 2010