Will barley straw keep my pond clean and clear?
Barley Straw is NOT a substitute for pond treatment chemicals.
It is simply another way to deter algae growth. Experts are not in total agreement on what it is exactly that allows barley to be effective for algae prevention. Most likely, it is a chemical that is released during decomposition that inhibits algae growth. Because this occurs during decomposition, users must be prepared to wait several weeks before they see results; this is plenty of time for algae to grow and take hold on your pond without inhibition. It is important to note that barley does not kill algae but rather helps to prevent the growth of certain types, particularly planktonic algae.
Barley straw has nowhere near the affect that copper sulfate does when it comes to algae control and also has one main downside… it may increase submerged weed growth. The decomposition of barley may feed the nutrient needs of weeds, causing an outbreak.
In summary, barley straw treatments are slow, only preventative, and hardly comparable to our chemical treatments. On the bright-side, they do help with water clarity.
Our treatment plans, however, are designed to specially meet the needs of your pond. You do not have to wait for us to decompose before you see results!
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