Pond and Lake Management Part VI: Using Barley Straw to Control Algae
A common difficulty in lake management is controlling algae, which can become problematic in summer months in both small ponds and larger lakes. Algae and other aquatic plants provide food and oxygen for fish and other aquatic life. However, excess algae in a pond can interfere with fishing or swimming, and cause aesthetic problems such as mats of algae on the water surface and unpleasant odors.
Salvatore S. Mangiafico
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension
pond; lake; barley straw; algae; oxygen
New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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