EXCESS ALGAE GROWTH IS A COMMON PROBLEM IN PONDS.
-Mechanical and Chemical Methods are not always effective or economical.
-Use of barley straw is extremely successful in naturally controlling algae problems, when applied correctly.
-Barley straw does not kill existing algae but inhibits the growth of new algae.
-Barley straw does not reduce the growth of other aquatic plants....it may actually allow aquatic plant growth, as the plants have less competition from the algae.
-Barley straw is most effective when applied before algae appears on ponds (fall through early spring).
-Barley straw is effective in as little as 1-2 wks and remains effective for approximately 6 months.
-2 or 3 bales per surface acre of pond. (Excessive amounts may kill fish because straw deoxygenates the water as it decays.)