October 5, 2014

Fighting Algae on the Lake


The lake at the entrance to our community has an algae problem, which is common with small lakes or ponds. Algae can look ugly and can even kill fish, plus it has gummed up the fountain that's supposed to add oxygen to the water.
Barley Straw (upper left) vs. Algae

A non-chemical approach to controlling algae is to apply barley straw. Frank ordered bales of it from the farm co-op and then he and other members of the community here got together and spread it on the lake. Let's hope it has a chance to work before winter gets here.






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12 comments:

  1. Pretty lake, I hope the straw helps get rid of that nasty algae.. Have a happy Monday!

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  2. I hope the straw works. My sons live by Toledo, OH, and they had problems with their drinking water for a while there because of algae in Lake Erie.

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  3. Sorry about your algae problem! That's no fun but the barley should work and get things back in balance. Happy new week!

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  4. hadn't heard of that. hope it helps!

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  5. I hope it works. It really is best to go for a natural solution to the problem.

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  6. What a wonderful thing for your community to have. I love it that a bunch of people came together to fix it.

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  7. I've never heard of this, I hope it works. Hmmm, I wonder if it will work in my birdbath!

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  8. I hope it works. It's great when the whole community works together to solve a problem.

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  9. I like the idea of trying the benign solution first. I sure hope it helps.

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  10. Interesting about the bales of hay for an algae problem. Let us know if it works.

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  11. I hope the algae problem will clear up soon.

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  12. I hope this works. The same thing has been tried on some of the small lakes in our community with pretty good success.

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